Top iOS App Development Agencies 2016

Melanie Ring

In App Development. August 2, 2016


If you want to build a successful iOS app and business, then working with an app development agency could help you stay competitive in today’s crowded marketplace. While DIY app development is great for some, working with an agency means you’ll get access to experts in iOS app development, branding and mobile strategy.

App development agencies provide specific expertise. They’ve learnt from experience and have a deep knowledge about what works and what doesn’t. Developers, employed by agencies, will likely be up-to-date with the latest trends and technology and continually upgrading their skills. This means they’ll understand new programming languages such as Apple’s Swift (which hit the coding world in 2015) and how apps can meet high security standards. With the public becoming increasingly aware of digital security threats, the pressure is on app developers to prioritise security.

While some agencies focus on design and development, others take a wider view and offer mobile app strategy, branding and optimisation. Whether you’re looking for an agency to develop a strong brand for your new app business, or want to outsource your app development on a budget, you’ll find something to suit your needs in our roundup of the top iOS app development agencies.

The agencies are:

Chelsea Apps Factory


Chelsea Apps Factory (CAF) provides end-to-end mobile services including strategy, development and optimization. Founded in 2010, CAF designs, builds and tests enterprise apps and has established a reputation for strong user-centered design. The team’s innovative approach involves embracing new technology, mindsets and Lean and Agile methodologies.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (45%), UX/UI design (25%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone, iPad and iPod
  • Industry Focus: Enterprise and consumer brands
  • Client Size: Enterprise and high growth businesses
  • Key Clients: Ladbrokes and Waitrose
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199
  • Offices: UK

Welcome to Chelsea Apps Factory video


Hedgehog Lab


Hedgehog Lab is a technology consultancy focused on building great apps for brands, enterprises and startups. They specialise in developing apps for mobile and smart connected devices and have collected a raft of awards for their work including Best App Startup at the App Design Awards 2015. Hedgehog Lab champion superior user experiences and provide expert knowledge at every stage of the design process. They’re also an approved public sector supplier. Their team must be happy too as Hedgehog Lab were voted Best Company to Work For in Newcastle by Glassdoor.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (50%) and UX/UI design (20%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (37%), iOS iPad (20%)
  • Industry Focus: Various including healthcare and life sciences
  • Client Size: Small business (50%), midmarket (30%), enterprise (20%)
  • Key Clients: Financial Times, Channel 4, and 1UP
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $100 – $149
  • Offices: UK, India and USA

About Hedgehog Lab




Somo is a full-service app marketing and app development company that has worked with some of the world’s leading brands, including Audi and De Beers. Somo has followed a mobile-first approach, since launching in 2009, and its app development branch delivers UX/UI design for native and hybrid apps. The agency’s list of awards include Retail Mobile Strategy/Campaign MOMA 2014 winner for its work with De Beers.

  • Main Activity: Mobile and app marketing (45%), mobile app development (20%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (40%), iOS iPad (25%)
  • Industry Focus: A range including automotive, consumer products and media
  • Client Size: Midmarket (50%), enterprise (30%), small business (20%)
  • Key Clients: De Beers, BP, and the British Army
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199
  • Offices: UK and USA

We Are Somo video




Ready4S specialise in mobile app development and have an excellent track record for building successful apps for startups. Their expert team has grown from three to 35 members since its beginnings in 2011. Ready4S have designed apps for clients in more than 20 countries and the company provides app strategy support as part of the app development process.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (90%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (45%)
  • Industry Focus: Education, healthcare and financial services
  • Client Size: Small business (60%), midmarket (20%), enterprise (20%)
  • Key Clients: Clickedu and Zamel
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25 – $49
  • Offices: USA, UK, Poland and Ukraine

Ready4S – Discover MVP which turns your app idea into reality




Prismetric is a mobile app development company that uses an agile process to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of building great apps. They carry out quality analysis and testing at every stage to make sure apps deliver value for users. Prismetric is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has a strong portfolio of iOS app development work for clients, including The Net-A-Porter Group.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (70%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (35%)
  • Industry Focus: Various including business services
  • Client Size: Midmarket (50%), enterprise (30%), small business (20%)
  • Key Clients: The Net-A-Porter Group and Peugeot
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25
  • Offices: India, USA and France

Source: Slideshare



Fueled is mobile app services agency focused on app development, design and strategy for startups of all sizes. With headquarters in New York and a UK presence in London, Fueled’s team of software developers use Agile and Lean methodologies to efficiently bring products to life. The complete Fueled process starts with fleshing out concepts and strategy followed by branding, user experience and user interface design.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (50%), UX/UI design (20%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (55%), iOS iPad (15%)
  • Industry Focus: Includes consumer products, retail, media and entertainment
  • Client Size: Small business (50%), midmarket (35%), enterprise (15%)
  • Key Clients: Apple, HBO, MTV, and Happify
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $200 – $300
  • Offices: USA and UK

A peek into Fueled’s design process

Source: Vimeo



Appster is a mobile and web development agency with offices in Australia, USA and India. Describing itself as ‘a technical co-founder but without the equity’, Appster offers advice on raising capital, product strategy, business modelling, and how to gain traction after you launch. Appster has an impressive iOS portfolio and a 300-strong team including top performing developers and product managers. Beyond building apps, Appster helps startups build sustainable technology businesses.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (55%), web development (25%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (50%), iOS iPad (20%)
  • Industry Focus: Includes finance, retail, healthcare, media and travel
  • Client Size: focused on helping startups
  • Key Clients: Bluedot, Realifex, and FirstJob
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $50 – $99
  • Offices: Australia, USA and India

Behind the Code: A Tour of Developing an App with Appster


Konstant Infosolutions


Konstant Infosolutions offers mobile app expertise and an almost 100% client satisfaction rate. Their 170+ strong team of mobile and web developers, designers and programmers produce custom apps and solutions for big brands across a broad range of industries. As well as coding native apps for iOS and other platforms, Konstant Info are also strong in cross-platform app development.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (55%), web development (35%), UX/UI design (10%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (50%), iOS iPad (5%)
  • Industry Focus: Includes education, transport, media, consumer products and entertainment
  • Client Size: Midmarket (55%), small business (35%), enterprise (10%)
  • Key Clients: Citrix Systems, NASSCOM, Nestle and Scholastic
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25
  • Offices: USA and India

Custom Mobile App Development Services by Konstant Infosolutions


Y Media Labs


Y Media Labs is an award-winning mobile strategy and app development company that has supported hundreds of digital projects from concept to launch. Founded in 2009, digital strategy forms the basis of Y Media Labs’ product design and development work and includes brand and product strategy, audience insights and competitive research. Working in five offices across the USA, their team has built and launched hundreds of successful iOS apps. Y Media Labs are also experts in developing industry-leading ResearchKit apps.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (70%), UX/UI design (30%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (50%), iOS iPad (30%)
  • Industry Focus: Includes business services, education and retail
  • Client Size: Enterprise (60%), midmarket (30%), small business (10%)
  • Key Clients: PayPal, Staples and L’oréal
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199
  • Offices: USA

Sumit Mehra CTO of Y Media Lab’s 5-word speech at Webby Awards 2015


Debut Infotech


Debut Infotech helps startups and businesses build high quality mobile and web apps. Founded in 2011, the company’s team has grown to over 50 talented designers, developers and strategic thinkers. Debut Infotech has a strong focus on iOS app development and has produced apps for the e-learning, healthcare and job portal industries. For startups with limited funds, they offer a $10k Minimum Viability Product (MVP) – the opportunity to launch an entry-level model with low investment risks.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (40%), web development (35%), UX/UI design (10%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (35%), iOS iPad (20%), hybrid and cross-platform (20%)
  • Industry Focus: Business services, education, healthcare and retail
  • Client Size: Small business (60%), midmarket (30%), enterprise (10%)
  • Key Clients: Saavi and Cropdots
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25
  • Offices: USA and India

Debut Infotech’s Mobile App Development Service, Slideshare

Source: Slideshare

The App Business


The App Business helps transform organisations and operations with mobile strategies, products and change. Founded in 2009, The App Business was built by a team that worked with Apple on the launch of the App Store and the iPhone in Europe – so they know a thing or two about iOS! Their rapid growth earned them a Top 25 place in The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 for the UK’s fastest growing tech companies. From the London headquarters, their 100-strong team use Lean and Agile methodologies to help clients through the mobile journey.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (50%), UX/UI design (20%), digital strategy (20%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS focused
  • Industry Focus: Includes business services, IT and more
  • Key Clients: Ford Motor Company, Visa, and Transport for London
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150-199
  • Offices: UK (London)

The App Business: Six Key Ingredients To a Killer App

Source: Slideshare



Creative27 is a mobile design and development agency that works with both startups and Fortune 500 companies. Founded in 2009, by CEO Vasile B. Tiplea, Creative27’s process includes research, UX, user interface design, development, quality assurance and launch support. Development projects include the LifeSpeed health management app and iOS user interface design for Sony. Creative27 was recently named Best Digital Agency 2016 in Innovation and App Design in California, by Corporate America.

  • Main Activity: App development and UX/UI design
  • iOS Platforms: iOS and multi-platform
  • Industry Focus: Includes consumer products and entertainment
  • Client Size: startups to Fortune 500 clients
  • Key Clients: Sony, Samsung, BBC Worldwide and REOP
  • Offices: USA (California)

Introducing Creative27

Source: Vimeo


WillowTree logo

WillowTree is a leading mobile strategy, design and development agency that has delivered over 300 apps since founding in 2007. WillowTree prides itself on user-centered design and building native apps from the ground up. It has vast experience in creating mobile solutions for some of the world’s top brands including Johnson and Johnson, Time Warner and AOL. The company isn’t short of accolades either; WillowTree won an Appy Award 2016 for Thrillcall and regularly appears on Fortune’s ‘best workplace’ list.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (50%), UX/UI design (20%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (60%)
  • Industry Focus: varied including media, entertainment, retail and financial services
  • Client Size: Enterprise (70%), midmarket (27%) and small business (3%)
  • Key Clients: Johnson & Johnson, Fox News, PepsiCo, and AOL
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $100 – $149
  • Offices: USA

WillowTree Webinar: The Benefits and Building Blocks of App Personalization

Source: Vimeo

Shubhashish Reliantekk


Shubhashish Reliantekk is a technology house that has provided app and web development services for over seven years. They have a strong presence in India, USA and the UK, and a team of over 70 developers, designers, and business analysts. The company’s model allows you to hire developers with specific platform expertise including iOS iPhone. They’ve helped over 350 clients worldwide.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (30%), web development (25%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (35%), iOS iPad (10%), hybrid & cross platform apps (20%)
  • Industry Focus: Varied includes ecommerce, utilities, non-profit and entertainment
  • Client Size: small business (60%), midmarket (30%), enterprise (10%)
  • Key Clients: Car Trader Plus and SpotHero
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25
  • Offices: India and USA

iPhone App Development Services, Reliant Tekk




Tendigi is one of the best iPhone app design and development studios in the US. Founded in 2010, by former Apple Inc. engineer Jeff Soto, Tendigi combines innovative strategy, design and engineering to deliver effective digital products. Its team of developers and engineers are iPhone app experts but also cover Android, web, watchOS, and tvOS app development.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app design and development
  • iOS Platforms: iOS specialists
  • Industry Focus: Various including consumer, travel and non-profit
  • Client Size: Enterprise and startups
  • Key Clients: IBM, Ford, WWF, and Starwood Hotels
  • Offices: USA (New York)

Tendigi Engineering: The Augmented Timepiece Experience


Red C


Red C is a mobile app development company with multi-platform expertise including iOS, Android and web systems. Based in the heart of ‘Tech City’, Shoreditch London, Red C’s services go beyond design and coding to include app marketing and maintenance. They offer a range of bespoke services to optimize the internal running of companies.

  • Main Activity: App, web development, UX/UI design, branding and visual identity
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone and iPad
  • Industry Focus: Various including government, non-profit and retail
  • Client Size: Range from startups and charities to large corporations
  • Key Clients: Sony, Save The Children and Centtrip
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $50-$99
  • Offices: UK (London)

How to create award-winning mobile apps by Red C Mobile




Waracle is a leading mobile app development company, based in the UK. Working out of their four UK studios, the team designs, builds and manages apps for a range of clients including the NHS. Earlier this year, Waracle was acquired by IT consultancy Exception, and expanded its bases and services. The company specialises in mobile app development as well as mobile marketing, app optimization and management.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development and branding
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone and iPad
  • Industry Focus: Includes government, non-profit, finance, tourism and medical
  • Key Clients: NHS Scotland, Highland Park and Imperial College London
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $100-$149
  • Offices: UK (Scotland and London)

Waracle – The Inside Track

Source: Vimeo

Amadeus Consulting


Amadeus Consulting is a software development company specialising in custom mobile, web, and enterprise applications. Experienced in completing complex projects, they also build apps requiring integration with Bluetooth, barcode scanners, HealthKit and iBeacon communication. Amadeus Consulting boast a 95% customer satisfaction rate and are early adopters of technology such as Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development (50%), web development (20%)
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (50%)
  • Industry Focus: Transport, financial services, manufacturing and retail
  • Client Size: Midmarket (50%), enterprise (40%) and small business (10%)
  • Key Clients: Google, Microsoft and National Consumer Panel
  • Offices: US

Mobile App Development Portfolio – Amadeus Consulting




Apadmi is an award-winning agency focused on enterprise and consumer mobile app development. Co-founded by CEO Garry Partington (who worked on the first smartphone in the 90s), Apadmi’s Manchester-based team have achieved success with high profile apps such as BBC iPlayer app and the XFactor app. They offer end-to-end mobile app development including strategy, development, launch and maintenance support. Apadmi scooped the Large Agency of the Year 2016 award at the Northern Digital Awards.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development, UX/UI design and app marketing
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone (40%)
  • Industry Focus: Consumer and enterprise
  • Key Clients: BBC, BT, The Guardian and The XFactor
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $100-149
  • Offices: UK (Manchester and London)

Introducing Apadmi

Source: Vimeo

[x]cube LABS


[x]cube LABS is a mobile app developer and consultancy with over 700 apps and games under its belt. They focus heavily on research and development and adopt a user-centred approach to design. As a result, [x]cube LABS won a whole host of awards and it is a certified Google developer agency. Their expert mobile app development team work across all platforms including iOS iPhone and iPad.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app design and development, strategy and enterprise mobility solutions
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone, iPad, iPod
  • Industry Focus: Various including healthcare, financial services, and media
  • Client Size: Startups to Fortune 500 companies
  • Key Clients: DreamWorks, Sharp and Amazon
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25-$49
  • Offices: US and India

[x]cube LABS Design Persepctives




Intellectsoft offers full-service software and mobile application development. The agency covers a broad range of platforms and programming languages thanks to their extensive team of software engineers, analysts, designers and developers. As well as mobile app development, Intellectsoft offer product strategy consulting for startups and enterprises. They’ve worked with some of the world’s biggest brands including Jaguar, Universal Pictures and Nestle.

  • Main Activity: Mobile app development and enterprise software development
  • iOS Platforms: iOS iPhone and iPad
  • Industry Focus: Consumer, business services, retail, and financial services
  • Key Clients: Eurostar, Guinness, and Ernst & Young
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $50-$99
  • Offices: UK, US, Norway, UAE, Belarus, Ukraine

Intellectsoft App Development

Source: Vimeo

Final thoughts

Things change rapidly in mobile app design and development and every new technology will require a skill update for app developers. Agencies that stay ahead of these trends and developments will have the knowledge and skills to build effective apps and lead businesses to mobile success. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for in this list, you’ll find plenty more options in our directory of app developers. And, if you think there’s one we’ve missed please let us know.