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Creating a Custom Control in Swift

Aug 29, 2014 1:07 pm

Mikael Konutgan of the Ray Wenderlich team recently wrote about creating a custom control in Swift. The completed control will look as follows: . If you are looking to build a control that has a basic target-action pattern, read on. (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Apple Case Study on Optionals in Swift

Aug 29, 2014 10:06 am

Apple Swift Blog: This post explores how optionals help preserve strong type safety within Swift. We’re going to create a Swift version of an Objective-C API. There is coverage of several concepts: returning an array of optionals from a method, (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]


Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 29 August 2014

Aug 29, 2014 6:50 am

Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news! Samsung and LG launch new watches while Apple waits - South Korean tech firms LG and Samsung have announced more smartwatches, ahead of a widely anticipated entry to the sector from... [more]


Converting Values to Enumerations in Swift

Aug 28, 2014 1:54 pm

From the #swift-lang IRC channel: “Is there any way to go backwards in an enum? I want to look up an enum based on a value.” Erica Sadun: The RawRepresentable protocol consists of two underlying functions: toRaw() and fromRaw(). These (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]


Apple sends out invites for September 9 event

Aug 28, 2014 1:18 pm

Apple has sent out invites to the media for their next big event. While the date has been rumored for a while, Apple has finally announced that it will indeed take place September 9. Rumors have it Apple will not only be showing off the new iPhone 6 but perhaps even their first wearable device.... [more]


Swift’s Answer to #pragma mark, FIXME and TODO

Aug 28, 2014 9:45 am

While coding in Objective-C, #pragma mark is very handy for code organization in the Jump Bar. For example: #pragma mark – Initialization code here...   #pragma mark – Table Management more code here... The Jump Bar would show the following, (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]


‘Madden NFL Mobile’ is now available in the App Store

Aug 28, 2014 6:48 am

If there is one thing I look forward to every September it is the beginning of the NFL season, and this year is no different. Now just in time for the NFL season, EA Sports has released their latest mobile version of the Madden NFL game. Titled Madden NFL Mobile, the game was released on […] [more]


Extended File Attributes in Swift

Aug 27, 2014 8:49 pm

Sergey Pershenkov sent me a note to share his open source project for BSD system functions to handle extended file attributes in Swift. Download swift-xattr iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


NSDate Extensions in Swift

Aug 27, 2014 9:19 am

Melvin Rivera is the author of AFDateHelper, a sizeable list of extensions for NSDate, written in Swift. In this open source project you’ll find extensions to compare dates, determine time interval between dates, create dates from string, among others. The (…) Read the rest of this... [more]


Instagram Hyperlapse turns shaky video into smooth time lapse videos

Aug 27, 2014 6:55 am

Yesterday Instagram released a new stand alone app for iOS called Hyperlapse, the app allows users to create stunning  time lapse videos that are incredible smooth, the reason for this being the apps built-in stabilization algorithm. Perhaps what makes this app so user friendly is the fact that... [more]


Introduction to iOS WKWebView

Aug 26, 2014 2:14 pm

Although I’ve used UIWebView over the years, there was never a compelling reason to make it a go-to UI control. With the introduction of WKWebView, my perspective may change. Mattt Thompson: Boasting responsive 60fps scrolling, built-in gestures, streamlined communication between (…)... [more]


How to Code Custom Subscripts in Swift

Aug 26, 2014 9:20 am

If you are learning Swift and haven’t bumped into Coding Explorer, you owe it to yourself to stop by. The site is on a roll with several good Swift code examples. The most recent post covers custom subscripts in Swift. (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Chupamobile Raises $1.3M in crowd funding round

Aug 26, 2014 4:34 am

  App source code marketplace ChupaMobile just announced that they have raised $1.3M, through a crowd funding round, the company offers a platform for devs to sell the source code for their apps & games. We have long been fans of the company and are happy to see them reach this... [more]


Exclusive Freebie – Wireless Connection Icons

Aug 26, 2014 1:27 am

We are always extremely happy to offer exclusive freebies to our readers here at Mobile Orchard. Today we have a great collection of icons for wireless connections from Vecteezy. The icon pack includes 36 amazing icons that are all somehow connected with wireless communication. This includes... [more]


Crypto Functions Written in Swift

Aug 25, 2014 5:02 pm

Coding in Swift? Need crypto functions? Marcin Krzyzanowski may have just the ticket: Crypto related functions and helpers for Swift implemented in Swift programming language. What’s included to date: MD5, SHA1, SHA224, SHA256, SHA384, SHA512, CRC32 iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Spring-Based Animations Using Damped Harmonics

Aug 25, 2014 9:21 am

Erica Sadun wrote a good introduction to adding bounce to UIViews based on spring-based animators in iOS 7: Although you can always roll your physics-based animations, UIKit now offers one exceedingly handy built-in utility based on damped harmonics. I’m intrigued, (…) Read the rest... [more]


What To Do When Things Go Wrong with Git

Aug 23, 2014 9:02 am

Kate Hudson is the creator of Git Flight Rules – a guide about what to do when things go wrong when working with Git. Despite Git’s simplicity on the surface, there is a fair amount of depth to the tool. (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Simplifying Swift Asynchronous Dispatch in GCD

Aug 22, 2014 9:14 am

Working with dispatch_async is not necessarily difficult, however, the code is typically quite verbose(and lengthy). Tobias Due Munk has published an open source project that provides “syntactic sugar in Swift for asynchronous dispatches.” An example from the github project follows.... [more]


Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 22 August 2014

Aug 22, 2014 6:31 am

Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news! Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and iMovie to improve iCloud compatibility - Apple just updated several of its applications for both iOS and OS X with the usual “stability... [more]


Using Swift for Shell Scripting

Aug 21, 2014 9:18 am

I’ve been a command line guy since I started coding (anyone out here remember coding batch files on DOS?). Since moving to a Mac my go to scripting language over the years has always been either Bash or Python. Filip (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Skype finally makes chat notifications only appear on device in use

Aug 21, 2014 6:18 am

I don’t know about you guys, but I use Skype on my iPhone, iPad Air, iPad Mini, as well as several Macs. There is nothing more annoying than chatting with someone on one device only to have an orchestra of pings sound from all other devices. Honestly it has gotten to the point where I... [more]


Is it safe to use your smartphone for payments?

Aug 20, 2014 3:25 pm

In 2013 more than 450 million users made payments with their phones worldwide, with a total transaction value of more than $721 billion, but just how safe is it to use the smartphone when making a payment online. Many smartphone owners are worried that using their mobile device for payments... [more]


Sliding View Controller Container (Side Menu)

Aug 20, 2014 1:07 pm

ECSlidingViewController is a nice implementation of a common UI construct wherein a user can swipe either left or right to expose a view underneath. Most commonly this is used to display a menu of options. Mike Enriquez sums up the (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Swift Value and Reference Types Explained

Aug 20, 2014 9:37 am

Sometimes an assignment results in a new copy of instance data and sometimes the end state is a shared instance. How’s a guy to know which is which? Apple has an thorough introduction to working with both reference and value (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Parallels releases Parallels Desktop 10

Aug 20, 2014 6:02 am

Parallels just announced the launch of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, this latest version of the hugely popular software that allows Mac users to run alternate operating systems like Windows or Linux in virtual environments on the Mac. Current users will have received an email about the available... [more]


Working with Strings in Swift

Aug 19, 2014 9:10 am

Bumped into a good introduction to working with Swift and strings. This is interesting: Strings in Swift are not implemented via a class, they are actually structures. That means they are value types. That in turn means that when you (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Flappy Bird developer teases upcoming game “Swing Copter”

Aug 19, 2014 6:27 am

We have all been waiting for a new game from Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen, ever since he yanked Flappy Bird from the App Store, now it seems as if our prayers have been heard, as the developer will be releasing a new game this Thursday. According to Eli Hodapp fromTouchArcade “Swing... [more]


Xcode 6 Beta 6 (sans iOS 8 beta 6)

Aug 18, 2014 9:23 pm

Interesting…Apple released Xcode 6 beta 6 today, however, unlike previous iterations of betas, there is no matching release for iOS 8. Could it be iOS 8 is good to go, as in, being loaded on next iPhone?? iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Apple seeds new Yosemite beta to developers

Aug 18, 2014 2:07 pm

This morning Apple seeded the newest beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite to developers, this brings the total number to six. Yosemite is expected to be released sometime later this year. While the seed notes didn’t mention any earth shattering changes, a few UI tweaks have been noticed, as well as... [more]


What are meetings costing development teams?

Aug 15, 2014 4:55 pm

Meetings are seen as an integral tool for coming up with fresh new ideas and collaborating on solving company-wide problems. While it may seem like a good idea to keep all your colleagues up to date on the latest things that are going on, some meetings may not be as productive as people make... [more]


Animate UICollectionView Items As They Appear

Aug 15, 2014 8:21 am

UICollectionViews are amazing in their versatility. In an attempt to learn more about animation and collections view, I ran into an interesting post by Aleksandar·Vacić on animating cells. Referring to his app Try Couch to 5k: In it, everything is (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]


Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 15 August 2014

Aug 15, 2014 6:59 am

Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news! 15 Free Sources to Learn Swift Programming Language - If you are not yet aware of this, Apple has introduced a new programming language called Swift in this year’s WWDC, alongside the... [more]


Tom Hanks releases iPad App “Hanx Writer”

Aug 14, 2014 3:02 pm

As if winning Oscars isn’t enough for Tom Hanks, the acclaimed actor has just decided to release an app for the iPad. Earlier today Hanks announced that he is launching a free writing app for the iPad, called Hanx Writer. According to the iTunes page: No longer must you surrender modern... [more]


Apple Releases Playground for WWDC Swift Intro

Aug 14, 2014 8:42 am

Late last week Apple released the “Ballons” Xcode 6 playground that was shown at WWDC 2014 with the original introduction to Swift. Now you can learn how the special effects were done with this tutorial version of ‘Balloons.playground’, which includes (…) Read the rest of... [more]


5 speakers to look out for at Apps World Europe

Aug 13, 2014 2:14 pm

Apps World Europe is fast approaching and with the speaker list growing rapidly is an event not to be missed. To ensure it’s in your diary we thought we’d bring you the top five speakers to look out for at Apps World Europe. 1) Babak Parviz - Google Glass pioneer and now vice president at... [more]


Core Data Concurrency Debugging in iOS 8

Aug 13, 2014 11:21 am

@olebegemann: With iOS 8 and Yosemite, the Core Data framework supports concurrency debugging out of the box. It works by throwing an exception whenever your app accesses a managed object context or managed object from the wrong dispatch queue Ole (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]


How to kill time before the iPhone 6 is announced

Aug 13, 2014 10:18 am

The Keynote for the new iPhone 6 should be no more than a month away, every year around the beginning of September, Apple holds a Keynote addressing the new iPhone, and this year will be no different, even if the exact date has yet to be confirmed. So how can you kill the time waiting […] [more]


Thoughts on What Swift 1.0 Will Mean

Aug 13, 2014 8:33 am

I’ve tried neither Rust or F#, but I still love this line from Erica Sadun: Moving to Swift is like bending your head sideways through Rust and F# and all those other cool but psychedelic languages. Erica has some interesting (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Apple.com pays tribute to Robin Williams

Aug 13, 2014 6:43 am

I don’t know about you guys, but I still can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that Robin Williams has passed away. Only just last week I saw one of his movies and it reminded me of what a phenomenal actor he was. In the days since his death many celebrities have paid […] [more]


API Design Tools and Processes

Aug 12, 2014 12:21 pm

Considering the idea of building an API? From the makers of Apiary, this sounds intriguing: Write an API in 30mins, share it with your teammates or customers and let them use the API mock to take it for a spin. (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Ingimage: 100 Professional Fonts for Your Next 100 Projects

Aug 12, 2014 8:44 am

Different projects require a different feel, a different emotion. One way to get that across is through the use of fonts. And thanks to this Mighty Deal from Ingimage, you’ll have enough fonts to cover roughly 100 different projects! This incredible fontastic deal includes over 100... [more]


Core Data Editor – Open Source Project

Aug 12, 2014 8:09 am

Finding a good open source editor to work with Core Data has been on my radar for the past few months. I recently ran into Core Data Editor, written by Christian Kienle: Core Data Editor lets you easily view, edit (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


BrydgeAir keyboard, turns iPad Air into netbook

Aug 12, 2014 6:55 am

If you are looking for a keyboard to go with your iPad Air, then this article might be of interest to you. Popular iPad keyboard maker Brydge has recently started accepting preorders for a new keyboard BrydgeAir aim directly at the iPad Air owners, and will not work with previous-generation... [more]


iOS App Boilerplate for Robust Project Toolchain

Aug 11, 2014 8:45 am

Tim Clem of Crush and Lovely wrote to share details of their recently open sourced project, Amaro: I’ve found that I spend a lot of the time at the beginning of a project solving the same problems: choosing a logging (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com Related... [more]


Microsoft releases app to stalk celebrities

Aug 11, 2014 7:58 am

Over the weekend Microsoft released an app that lets you stalk celebrities, well no it doesn’t track them in real time however it does provide you with a steady stream of information from all over the web. The app is called SNIPP3T (pronounced “Snippet”) and is in essence “a... [more]


Tips For Building Higher-Level Data Types in Swift

Aug 8, 2014 2:18 pm

This post walks through the creation of a new MyBool type designed and implemented to be very similar to the Bool type built into Swift. We hope this walk through the design of a simple Swift type will help you (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


SQLite Database Browser and Editor – Open Source

Aug 8, 2014 8:09 am

SQLite Database Browser is a high quality, visual, open source tool to create, design, and edit database files compatible with SQLite – @sqlitebrowser sqlitebrowser.org iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 8 August 2014

Aug 8, 2014 6:22 am

Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news! 1Password for iOS goes on sale as developer confirms iOS 8 update will be free for current users - AgileBits, the team behind the 1Password security app that we’ve reviewed in the past,... [more]


ABC News proves to be hugely popular on Apple TV

Aug 7, 2014 7:17 am

Since ABC News first appeared on the Apple TV, users have flocked to the service. According to the ABC Network, Apple TV viewers are watching almost 50 percent more live ABC News programming than viewers on tablets and desktops. Furthermore, it is interesting to note that live programming... [more]


Apple created or supported more than 600,000 jobs in Europe

Aug 6, 2014 8:57 am

A few years ago, apple rolled out a new page boasting about the jobs it had either created or supported in the United States. This included over 300,000 employees directly connected with the company as well as more than 200,000 jobs that were a part of the App Store economy. Now Apple has... [more]


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