Sleep-e for iOS

Sleep-e for iOS is a sleep aid app combining relaxing and fun sounds. It is available on the Apple App Store in both free and paid versions. Sleep-e is Signify’s first in-house iOS app, fully conceptualised, designed, and built by Signify.

The problem

At Signify sometimes we do stuff just for fun – but with a professional development purpose in mind as well. The team wanted an excuse to utilise a rapid development tool, PhoneGap. The tool enables web developers to leverage existing skills in HTML, CSS and JavaScript to quickly build mobile applications.

What we did

Sleep-e was a pilot project for us to test the process of building an iOS app and getting it approved by Apple for sale on the App Store. As this was a learning exercise, Signify approached this in a different way to a standard project. We split into teams and ran three separate development streams in parallel, meeting regularly to review progress and exchanges notes.

After a couple of weeks we reviewed the three teams’ work. Team “Sencha Touch” ended up beating teams “jQuery Mobile” and “iOS native. We then refocused our efforts into pushing the Sencha Touch app through to testing.

We ended up with an intuitive user interface, combined with beautiful New Zealand images and sounds. We are especially proud that Sleep-e was accepted by Apple on its first submission, proving that our hours trawling over licencing agreements and Apple app standards were well spent.

Technology used

PhoneGap, Sencha Touch

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