How Much Does It Cost to Develop an iOS App?


We have discussed the fact in many of our previous blogs that there are several factors that contribute to make-up the total cost of an app development. The most significant among these factors is the cost per hour of your IT specialist. Every development company and it app developers settle for charges according to their professional experience, level of expertise, skill and the competition that is present within the local and international market. For instance, charge for app development will be higher in USA as compare to any other country; while both providing the similar feature, functionality and quality. And, this difference is mainly because of the cost of labor.

iOS App Development Cost

So, first things first! You first need to thing to think over the decision that ‘Do you want to get your iOS developed locally or to outsource it to any IT company abroad. Taking a closer look at the overall pricing structure can help you decide better.

How Much Does It Cost to Develop an iOS App?

An average cost of mobile app development across the world varied between $5000 to $10,000. The cost of developing a iOS app may also varied between the same amount, but still, here we have shared with you some significant findings from our personal experience. Outsourcing IT companies and freelancing app developers within developing and developed countries charge different per hour prices for mobile app development.

This is the main reason why market researchers recommend choosing the mobile app development company or app developers according to the combination or quality, features, and prices that they provide. The average per hour cost of app development services may vary between $31 to $ 100 per hours depending on the quality and complexity of the app development project.

iOS App Development Cost Is Significantly Dependent to Complexity & Complicity

No matter if your project size is depending on the following, the development cost is mainly comprised of these factors. This include;

  • Prototyping
  • Animation Design.
  • Size and number of change required within the development process.
  • Distinctive custom solutions which require research for demand engineering.


In order to create an iOS application, an iOS developer requires a definite span of time; and this span of time is significantly dependent on the complexity of the project. Hence, the simpler is your iOS app project, the faster is its implementation. If you want to count up for the preliminary prices, you can consult any iOS development company for their hourly rate of iOS development and then they can be multiplied to the no. of hours that will be consumed.

Considering the functionality, the apps are categorized into complex-ones, medium-complex and then basic ones. Below, we have provided an approximate cost overview for your convenience.

  • iOS Apps with Basic Functionality: iOS apps with basic functionalities usually takes up 2 months to get developed and costs somewhere between US $5000 to US $10,000.
  • Medium-Complex iOS Apps: For iOS apps with medium complexity levels, it usually requires 2 months for development and costs between US $12000 to US $24,000; depending on the development region.
  • Highly-Complex iOS Apps: iOS apps with high complexity requires perfect design, premium animations, and extensive database; hence they normally take up to 6 to 8 months in development and the total expenditure for them could be settled around US $ 30,000 to US $ 50,000.

iOS App Development Stages & Uploading Process to Apple AppStore

Every iOS app goes through several stages during development, and all these stage are mandatory for all the Apple apps regardless of their complexity and functionality levels. Below are the obligatory assumed stages that every iOS app has to pass;

  • Cost Estimation: This usually takes up to 1 to 3 days, when your iOS development company or iOS developer will provide you an approximate cost for your app development, based on your provided specifications.
  • Market & Competitor Analysis/Problem Study: During this stage, your iOS development company or iOS developer perform an in-depth analysis of the market and your competitors while keeping your project requirements and business objectives in consideration, so that an iOS app with the best suited features could be offered to you. This stage usually takes up to 1 to 5 days.
  • Prototyping: This stage involves technical documentation and blueprinting of the app development process and it takes up to 5 to 15 days.
  • App Designing: This takes up to 5 to 15 days to finalize the design, graphics and features of the app.
  • Programming: Programming takes up to 18 to 90 days to get completed.
  • Testing: Testing procedures may vary from company to company or developers and it may take 5 to 10 days in total.

Estimated iOS Mobile Application Cost

If you would ask us, we always recommend to calculate the total financial expenditures for your app development at least twice. The first time is suggested to be when your iOS development company of iOS developers are performing a preliminary approximated estimation, in order to allow the client ordering while understanding the amount for possible investments in the future. This initial projection usually takes up to days, which is free of cost by majority of the companies.

What’s else! In order to make the preliminary cost calculations of the labor effect for every feature of the mobile application is a very difficult task. Because, there are a lot of other factors that can influence the bottom-line of your iOS app development cost.

Estimated cost of iOS app development mainly has two price variants i.e., Maximum Cost and Minimum Cost associated with the project. During this first stage, the cost estimated provided is sufficient to make the decision that whether you should continue with the project or not.

Secondly, an accurate cost estimate is performed for the app development cost, in order to create an official ‘App Development Agreement’, where all the app development stages, terms & conditions and the quality & features of the deliverables are specified in detail. Nonetheless, sometimes these app development costs are required to be reconsidered even after making all these necessary provisions. Because, some functions may be found necessary during development process and some may also be found unnecessary and can be adjusted. This is a normal process for any kind of app development process and iOS app development is not exceptional at all. Hence, accurate app development cost can only be calculated once your iOS app is fully developed.