What We Did
A detailed set of requirements was finalized after a workshop with the client during which we discussed the target group of users as well as administrators. It was helpful that the client already had a clear overview of the content that they want to place on the app and the role that it should play.
One of the issues that we discovered early on was the small amount of interactivity on the app, which was not only less attractive for users, but also likely not to be accepted by the Apple Store.
Because the application that we will be creating is less interactive and more informative and does not leverage any native features, there is a high probability for it to be rejected by the app store. Therefore, for the initial launch we suggested releasing the application as a progressive web app. First-time users will have to access their browser to reach the application, but after saving it as a shortcut, they will be able to reach it directly from their home screens.
For future development we can consider including the use of native features (integrating with the calendar, mobile camera, Siri, contacts, music, etc.), which will increase the probability of our application being accepted by the app store.
To boost user engagement, we suggested some features that would make the text-heavy application slightly more interactive, like being able to highlight and save text excerpts that the user finds useful.