An iOS App with a Moon Age Calculator
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An iOS App with a Moon Age Calculator
MoonAge is a unique iOS application that automatically calculates and updates your age based on new moon phases. With every full moon, the app sends you alerts about your new moon age. All you need to do is enter your birthdate and birthplace into the MoonAge application. As a bonus, it also shows your daily horoscope.
Teddy Cannon, the founder of MoonAge, conducted research and discovered that many people all over the world were interested in moon parties and other events tied to moon phases. So he came up with an idea for a non-traditional age calculator.
Teddy then looked for a reliable partner who could understand his idea and develop this uncommon application from scratch.
In a short time, we needed to:
- Develop a simple but functional app that would meet the expectations of the target audience
- Create an effective tool for calculating a person’s moon age
A moon phase calendar
Beyond the phases of the moon, users can see daily moon illumination percentages.
A today’s moon phase
MoonAge provides users with a detailed description of the moon phase for a particular day including lunar activities, sun and moon altitudes, and more.
Switching between tabs
Users can easily switch from a Horoscope to a Moon Age tab.
The RubyGarage team analyzed the entertainment market and the core audience of the MoonAge project. We understood that people keen on moon phases are often interested in horoscopes as well. Therefore, we offered to create a Horoscope tab in MoonAge.
We also scrutinized the existing technologies for creating iOS apps and decided to build MoonAge in Swift. Swift is a clean, safe, and easy-to-maintain language that helps improve the efficiency of app creation.
Our development team used several third-party libraries to build an effective MoonAge backend and make the app operate correctly.
We took the following steps:
- Designed a simple user journey so users only need to provide the minimum necessary information to get their moon age
- Created a special mathematical algorithm to provide exact calculations of a user’s moon age
- Developed local notifications to keep users informed about their new moon ages
- Devised an animated share button to let users share their horoscopes with friends and relatives and create a viral effect
- Implemented integrations with social media to support fast, effortless, and secure login
Realm Mobile Database
Facebook Graph API
MoonAge is the first iOS app that calculates a person’s age in lunar years and serves personalized horoscopes. The app requires a minimum of information from users, making it truly easy-to-use.
The RubyGarage team helped Teddy Cannon realize his vision and create the first iOS app that satisfies the needs of two core audiences: people interested in lunar events and people who are passionate about astrology.
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