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App OnBoarding (How-to) in Swift and Objective-C

Sep 16, 2014 9:16 am

Mike Amaral is the author of Onboard: Onboard provides developers with a quick and easy means to create a beautiful, engaging, and useful onboarding experience with only a few lines of code. The project supports both Objective-C and Swift. iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

DTFoundation 1.7.3

Sep 16, 2014 8:11 am

This maintenance release for DTFoundation fixes our block-based action sheet and alert view for iOS 8 GM. Changes FIXED: [DTAlertView] Completion blocks for the buttons are not executed on iOS 8 GM FIXED: [DTActionSheet] Completion blocks for the buttons are not executed on iOS 8 GM Apple had... [more]

Searchable Database of Custom URL Schemes

Sep 15, 2014 11:41 am

One of the most popular posts on the blog is The Complete Tutorial on iOS/iPhone Custom URL Schemes. Upon reading the post, Arte Merritt wrote to tell me about GotSchemes, a searchable database of URL schemes. Each URL includes information (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]

OS X Tip: Disable Help Window on Top

Sep 13, 2014 4:52 pm

In a previous OS X release Apple decided that having help windows always appear on top, even when changing applications, was a good idea. Personally, I find this rather annoying. You can set the ‘helpviewer’ to developer mode to get (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]

Create Asynchronous Tests in Xcode 6

Sep 12, 2014 12:54 pm

Sean McCune of the Big Nerd Ranch on testing asynchronous code in Xcode 6: If we have a test that has to kick off an asynchronous task, whether it runs in another thread or in the main thread’s runloop, how (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

The Opportunity for Apple Watch Apps

Sep 12, 2014 8:44 am

When it comes to designing and developing apps for the Apple Watch, I couldn’t agree more with Alex Vollmer: I’m excited by the challenges and potential of a new interface. Alex has a few creative ideas, one of my favorites, (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

Rapid Prototyping With Swift Playgrounds

Sep 11, 2014 1:11 pm

Brad Larson in Issue #16 Swift on objc.io: We’ll explore the use of Swift playgrounds for documentation, testing, and rapid prototyping. All Swift playgrounds used for this article can be downloaded here. iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

Apple Pay, Tokenization and The Payments Process

Sep 11, 2014 9:35 am

John Beatty on network-level tokenization and mobile payments: Apple Pay marks the first time a popular operating system is making payments a platform service for real-world, non-digital-good transactions, in a broad, inclusive manner that is compatible with the mainstream payments (…) Read... [more]

Beta Testing iOS Apps With TestFlight

Sep 10, 2014 1:51 pm

Apple announced yesterday that TestFlight (acquired from Burstly earlier this year), is available as an Apple service. It’s a nice surprise when a tool/application comes back to see the light of day after an acquisition. For those of us who (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]

Swift 1.0 is Official

Sep 10, 2014 8:10 am

Apple: On June 2, 2014 at WWDC, the Swift team finally showed you what we had been working on for years. That was a big day with lots of excitement, for us and for developers around the world. Today, we’ve (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

iOS 8 GM and Xcode 6 GM Released

Sep 9, 2014 2:12 pm

Apple has updated the iOS Dev Center with the Gold Master releases of iOS 8 and Xcode 6. iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

Builds Apps for Apple Watch with WatchKit

Sep 9, 2014 12:44 pm

Apple announced their latest iOS developer toolkit, WatchKit! Design and develop apps for Apple Watch! iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

Take a Look: Apple’s Live Stream of Today’s Event

Sep 9, 2014 10:58 am

Apple has begun streaming the live event. Very cool, check it out. iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

Use Storyboards to Replace Launch Images

Sep 9, 2014 8:52 am

Ole Begemann on using a Storyboard scene as a replacement for multiple launch images: You can specify a storyboard whose initial view controller will then be used as the appʼs launch screen… You can use the new adaptive UI features (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]

Run Swift Code from Within in a Browser

Sep 8, 2014 11:21 am

Run Swift code from within a browser? Julius Parishy: I took some time off this week and built RunSwift from a hotel room down in Atlantic City! It’s something I’ve been thinking of doing since I first started playing with (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

Sponsor: Dropzone 3 – Turbocharge Drag and Drop

Sep 8, 2014 8:56 am

My thanks to John Winter, creator of Dropzone 3, for providing the opportunity to try Dropzone over the past few weeks. Dropzone lives on the menubar and is a collection of “destinations” which respond to content you drag/drop or a (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]

Video: Swift Enumerations, Pattern Matching and Generics

Sep 5, 2014 11:21 am

Austin Zheng, speaking at the Swift Language User Group in San Francsico, talks about Swift enumerations, pattern matching and generics. iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

Implementing a Side Menu in Swift

Sep 5, 2014 8:18 am

Evgeny Nazarov is the author of ENSwiftSideMenu, an open source, slide-in side menu (known as a hamburger menu in some circles). The project includes use of UIDynamics, UIGestures and UIBlurEffect. iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

Watch Apple’s September 9th Event – Live!

Sep 4, 2014 4:46 pm

Apple is counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to their upcoming iPhone 6 and iWatch (?) event. You can watch the announcement live. 4 days, 18 hours, 14 minutes, 27 seconds and counting… iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

Locating Xcode 6 Simulator Documents and Apps

Sep 4, 2014 10:07 am

I’ve written twice before revealing where Xcode stores documents and applications. With the release of Xcode 6, Apple has once again changed the location and directory hierarchy. This time around the .app file and documents managed by your app are (…) Read the rest of this entry... [more]

How To Keep Your App From Being Rejected

Sep 3, 2014 1:29 pm

Ready to submit your iOS app for review? Save yourself some time, read Apple’s list of the most common reasons an app is rejected: iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

Xcode 6 Beta 7 Not Loading?

Sep 3, 2014 12:41 pm

If you’ve downloaded and installed Xcode 6 beta 7 and it won’t load, be patient, very patient. Although it may appear the app is not going to load, it’s doing something – open the Force Quit Applications dialog (Command-Option-Esc) you’ll (…) Read the rest of... [more]

Swift Enumerations and Storyboard Segue

Sep 3, 2014 9:13 am

Andrew Bancroft walks through his approach for encapsulating Storyboard segue identifiers using a Swift Enumeration. By creating an Enumeration that stores raw String values, I was able to encapsulate what would otherwise be “magic strings” in a type-safe construct for (…) Read the rest... [more]

Working with Core Image in Swift

Sep 2, 2014 2:37 pm

With Nick Lockwood at the helm, here’s your chance to learn about iOS and Core Image, in Swift: Core Image is a powerful framework that lets you easily apply filters to images. You can get all kinds of effects, such (…) Read the rest of this entry » iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

Xcode 6 Beta 7 Available

Sep 2, 2014 12:55 pm

Apple just released the 7th beta of Xcode 6. iOS 8 is still on beta 5 (August 4th). iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]

iPhone 6 Mobile Wallet Coming Sept 12th?

Sep 1, 2014 11:18 am

This is intriguing: Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system However, as expected, this is speculation. To finish the thought… …according to sources familiar with the talks. Which would imply (…) Read the rest of... [more]

Sponsor: Appsee Mobile App Analytics

Sep 1, 2014 9:12 am

Appsee is an advanced visual mobile analytics platform that enables app developers and publishers to measure, understand and improve the user experience in their mobile app. Traditional mobile analytics don’t reveal the full story, emphasizing numbers instead of reasons. Appsee (…) Read... [more]

Colorize Git Terminal Commands

Aug 30, 2014 11:14 pm

Add the following to your ~/.gitconfig file to show the git command output in color when working in a terminal. This is really handy, give it a go. [color] ui = auto [color "branch"] current = yellow reverse local = (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]

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]

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