Breaking Down iPhone App Development Cost (Based on the App Solutions Cases)

Breaking Down iPhone App Development Cost (Based on the App Solutions Cases)

iPhone app development cost is a pretty hot subject. Every entrepreneur aims to optimize the app development budget because, as a rule, he creates a new product under conditions of uncertainty.

A little while time ago we have already observed the problem of the app development cost estimation and the drivers of development price in our blog post: How To Estimate Basic Expenses For Your Mobile App Development.

In this article, we are going to take a closer look at iPhone app development cost through disclosing the cost of most essential app features.

The most demanded mobile app categories

At the App Solutions, we get a lot of requests to estimate the cost of apps like Uber, Tinder, WhatsApp and so on.

Let’s figure out an average cost to develop an iPhone app through the cost of the most common features in popular apps.

On the basis of our experience, we distinguish between the most demanded app types:

  • Taxi/Carpool App.
  • Dating App.
  • Messenger.
  • Geolocation App.


Uber App is considered to be a good reference for apps from Taxi/Carpool industry. Normally the Taxi/Carpool app should include the following options:

  • Map/Geolocation.

It is one of the most crucial features for this type of app. The technology of GPS tracking is used to determine the current location, find cars and track the route. Moreover, the exact journey tracking helps estimate the fare. The process of implementation of the same feature as Uber app has could take about 140 hours of teamwork.

According to The App Solutions rates it may cost from $2800 to $3500.

  • Passenger/Driver apps.

To ensure an excellent taxi service your mobile app should possess a set of 3 different products: two separated apps for passenger and driver and an admin dashboard.

The passenger app in its turn has to provide the following basic features: registration, taxi booking, payment, push notifications, ride history, driver`s review and rating.

The app for drivers may duplicate some features may from passenger`s taxi app, such as registration, push notification, and messenger, etc. But here some unique features as well: status, order alert, navigation, estimation, and reports.

  • Payments.

Providing taxi app with payment system is long-term undertaking and may take about 60 hours of work.

We implement the solution of gateway providers like Stripe or Braintree that help to set safe and convenient payments.

  • User profile.

It is an essential feature to carry out payments, create loyalty programs, save ride history and provide other important option for registered passengers. “Log in” option can be implemented through existing social networks like Facebook or via email and phone number. Normally it takes up to 60 hours to provide taxi app with this feature.

  • Drivers rating system.

An option that helps customers to choose the best driver according to his ranking. Also, it helps respond to complaints and maintain a high level of service quality.

It does not take too much time to implement the rating system, you can count on 10 hours of work.

A total development of taxi app will take from 4 to 5 months and cost about $35000.

Dating App

Successful dating apps should possess a number of features:

  • Swipe-to-like interface.

Today the swiping feature became a new way to ‘Like’ anything. To provide the swiping feature just like has may take 30 hours.

  • In-built chat.

Dating apps are impossible without messaging. This feature may take an enormous amount of developers` time depending on the messenger options and complexity. In average it takes 40 hours.

  • Matches nearby.

It is important to empower dating app with geolocation service to search the person nearby. Otherwise, your users risk getting a broken heart.

Based on our own experience, the implementation of matchmaking algorithms could take more than 100 hours (most of the work will be done on the backend).

The App Solutions’ team implemented the same feature into our last project – All Square app.

AllSquare is a social network for golf lovers. The project uses geolocation technology to let users find the nearest golf course and make check-ins.

We compared the data of golf club location with the user’s location and showed the nearest golf courses on the map.

Also, the nearest hotels to the golf courses are shown in the app. We tied up our app with service via API so that a user can book a hotel via directly from AllSquare app.


The app with messaging ability should possess the following basic features:

  • Direct & Group messages.

In the case of iOS app development from scratch, it takes up to 30 hours to make the primary text exchange feature between two users. It may take up to 75 hours together with backend development.

Also, the app needs to have the backend part to store the conversation history and provide users with it in case they logged in on another device.

  • Push notifications.

We use turnkey solutions and integrate Apple Push Notifications to inform users about new message arrival. To provide this feature on iOS devices takes 24 hours.

  • Media content support (photo, video, audio).

A capability to send media content enriches the virtual communication with real emotions. To share photos with a smile, video memories or an audio with love confession, it is amazing, isn’t it? To implement this capability takes 40 hours.

  • Rich links.

It is exactly the same feature as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger provide in their chats. The feature of rich links gives users an idea of what a link is about even before it’s opened by creating a small website preview.

To empower your messenger with rich links could take from 26 to 32 hours.

Geolocation App

The main purpose of geolocation apps is to allow users to search places, people, etc.

Geolocation technology even has created a new niche of location-based services.

Every geolocation app should include:

  • Maps integration.

Helps users navigate the terrain by providing the app with the variety of compasses, schedules of urban transport, terrain navigation and even astronomy maps.

  • Venues profiles.

Supplies venues with detailed description to help users get more info.

  • Search nearby.

This feature compares the data of venue location with the user’s location and showed the nearest venue on the map.

Check out our project Nuwbii where the geolocation component gets the main role.

Nuwbii app is an innovative resource that helps find products and services in the neighborhood. The results of a search are organized by the current location of the user due to the geolocation component. To create an app with the same functionality could take from 2 to 3months with the total cost up to $11000.


As you see the app development cost may vary widely. The cost of labor is the primary driver of price, it can vary as many, as there are countries with developers. But understanding the cost of the basic app’s features will help you know the rough estimation of your project.

Source: App Solutions

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