Apple introduced a significant feature for both developers and users in iOS 14 — App clips. A simplified version of your app that provides access to some basic functionalities to the users. Your app clip will be available in the real-world environment and not in digital stores.
App Clips are created with the aim to solve real-world tasks as quickly as possible with a polished user interface. Usually, App clips don’t appear on the Home screen and users don’t have to manage it like full apps. Based on the period of inactivity the system removes an App Clip from a device.
How does it work?
Each and every App Clip is invoked by a URL. The device will show location-based App Clip suggestions to the users. On tapping the suggestions, the launch for the App Clip gets confirmed on the system provided App Clip card and the App Clip will be used based on the need. Also, the size of the App Clip for your full app is limited to 10 MB, which helps the developer to be streamlined on their App Clip features and for immediate launch.
Design App Clip:
The essential things that to be satisfied with designing a great App Clip for your app are:
- Fast launch experience
- Offer great user experience
- Protect user privacy
- Preserve resources
While creating an App Clip, you have to review the available technology for App Clip and to identify which primary functionality of your app would make a great App Clip. Then, you have to update your app’s Xcode project by adding an App Clip target, sharing files and assets among your App Clip and full app, and so on. Next, you have to allow the system to verify your App Clip by associating your App Clip with your website. You have to create your App Clip’s launch experience in App Store Connect and to add code to respond during invocation. Also, to offer a better experience you can create App Clip codes for users to discover and launch your App Clip.
For example, Consider an app for a restaurant. The full app contains a list of items, orders, favorites, previous orders, and so on. But the App Clip will only have options to place the order and to pay.
Ways to access the App Clip:
1.Get an App Clip
There are various ways through which you can get your App Clips:
- Scanning through App Clip code or QR code
- NFC tag or NFC integrated App Clip code — Holding supported device model to NFC tag
- Safari — Links are shown as Banners
- Messages — Links shared
- Maps — For the supported location, App Clip Card will be shown
Note: App Clip Codes require iOS 14.3 or later.
2. Once an App Clip appears on the screen, tap open to access it. In some supported App Clips, you can use Apple Sign in and make payment using Apple Pay. Also with some of the App Clips, by tapping the top banner to view the full app in the App Store.