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Swift Substrings

Nov 23, 2014 8:03 pm

Dalton Cherry provides a good introduction to Swift substrings. I would agree with Dalton’s sentiment: Overall substrings in Swift benefit from a more orthogonal design and I appreciate the thoughtfulness that has gone into the creation of the Swift. iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Apple Watch App Developer Resources

Nov 19, 2014 8:13 am

In addition to the video mentioned yesterday, there are two additional resources provided by Apple that cover all the details to get started: Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines WatchKit Programming Guide For completeness, here’s the Getting Starting With WatchKit video.... [more]


Develop Apple Watch Apps – WatchKit SDK Released!

Nov 18, 2014 5:48 pm

The wait is over, with the beta release of Xcode 6.2 and iOS 8.2 SDK, you can now begin development of applications for Apple Watch! An application for Apple Watch consists of a WatchKit extension that runs on the iPhone as well as user interface resources that are installed on the Apple Watch.... [more]


Formatting Content and Printing on an iOS Device

Nov 18, 2014 9:50 am

Nate Cook does an excellent job detailing all the steps required for printing from an iOS device. This includes configuring the print job as well as the print options selectable by a user. The various properties of UIPrintInteractionController to format content prior to printing are also covered.... [more]


Been there, done that. Now without being there with Veek

Nov 18, 2014 9:21 am

Discovering new places is tough. You can ask friends. Stalk friends on Facebook (bad, bad, don’t.) But now we have Veek, an incredible location-based app. With it you can virtually travel to virtually anywhere. That restaurant down there? Check it on Veek, just like being there. With... [more]


Veek Review – Check new places without moving from your sofa

Nov 17, 2014 9:09 am

Did you grow up watching Dragon Ball Z? Or are you closer to being a Star Trek fan? In both cases you’ve probably had a longing. Teleporting (either in the beam me up, Scotty or the instant transmission type) would be awesome, we all agree. But for now, we are restricted to being here, now,... [more]


Radar: Changing Metadata RectOfInterest causes pause

Nov 14, 2014 12:14 am

I found this issue when working on a barcode scanner included in an app I am working on for prod.ly. If you want to be efficient with barcode scanning and change the scanning region in the preview depending on device orientation you’ll notice this problem. Say, you want a wider active... [more]


Radar: UIImagePicker returns offset cropped image

Nov 12, 2014 11:51 am

This is the kind of bug you have to see for yourself to believe it. UIImagePickerController is one of the oldest classes in iOS and we’ve been using it for just as long to let the user pick images from their photo library. You can also allow “editing” which means the user can... [more]


OMG! Fortune Free Slots Review – Soft and charming casino-like games

Nov 12, 2014 3:13 am

What do you have if you remove the possibility of going real-world bankrupt from soft casino games? Glitter, the illusion of hitting the jackpot and the adrenaline rush, but all without the fear of going bust. This is what OMG! Fortune Free Slots (from now on, OMG! Fortune) offers their players,... [more]


Collection of Objective-C Macros

Nov 10, 2014 9:18 am

Below you’ll find a collection of Objective-C macros, a reader submission (thank you!): // Degree to Radians #define degreesToRadians(x) (M_PI * x / 180.0) // Timer Invalidation #define UA_invalidateTimer(t) [t invalidate]; t = nil; // Device Info #define UA_isIPad  ... [more]


Buff Knight Review – The RPG Runner

Nov 7, 2014 10:25 am

Sometimes when you try out a new game, you get the feeling that your spare time is going to get a lot more interesting. Modern Combat 5, Smash Hit, LIMBO, Badland and OceanHorn are some that kicked in very well for me, just to mention a few. And my most recent discovery is Buff Knight... [more]


Expectations for WatchKit

Nov 6, 2014 1:03 pm

I’m as intrigued as David Smith when it comes to Apple Watch and the imminent release of the WatchKit API. So to start with we will be given the ability to implement actionable notifications and glances. This is what I believe we are getting with the SDK release this month. David has some... [more]


Storyboards in Xcode 6

Nov 6, 2014 12:01 pm

I’m in the same camp as Richard Turton: I’ve liked the idea of storyboards since their introduction, and even used them a couple of times, but I’ve always gone back to laying out views in code… Richard describes the problems with Storyboards as well as how changes in Xcode 6 stack... [more]


Swift and ValueForKeyPath

Nov 6, 2014 10:01 am

Well, my early assumption from what I was seeing in Swift was that valueForKeyPath: was gone and no longer did we have a convenient way to grab only the fields we needed from a collection of objects. Swift and ValueForKeyPath – You Can’t Keep a Good API Down Then I downloaded some... [more]


Radar: Incorrect Horizontal Size Class

Nov 6, 2014 5:24 am

I found this bug while working on an app for our ProductLayer startup. There is a new segue “Present as Popover” which dynamically decides to present a view controller either modally full screen or as popover depending on the available screen width. On iPhone 6+ this shows as popover... [more]


5 best high capacity power banks for iPhone/iPad

Nov 5, 2014 5:18 pm

If you re going to be out of home or office for a few days or your tablet/smartphone won’t keep power for a whole day then you need a power bank. A power bank allows you to top up your battery power whenever and wherever you are, keeping you connected with the rest of the […] The post... [more]


SimpleKeychain: A keychain library with iOS 8 & TouchID support

Nov 5, 2014 12:29 pm

Key Features TouchID Support: An option to make a private keychain value only available if the user entered his fingerprint Accessibility options: An option to state wether the keychain value could be got if the iPhone is Locked, Unlocked or in which state Shared Group: We needed Shared Group... [more]


Customizable Pull-to-Refresh Control

Nov 5, 2014 9:41 am

From Suyu Zhang on CBStoreHouseRefreshControl: “A fully customizable pull-to-refresh control for iOS inspired by Storehouse iOS app.” One very cool feature is the option to customize the refresh image by specifying start and end points in a plist file: iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Xcode Plugin Manager

Nov 5, 2014 8:40 am

Xcode package (plugin) manager: “Alcatraz is an open-source package manager for Xcode 5+. It lets you discover and install plugins, templates and color schemes without the need for manually cloning or copying files. It installs itself as a part of Xcode and it feels like home.”... [more]


iOS 8.1.1 Beta Available

Nov 4, 2014 7:19 am

Apple has released iOS 8.1.1 Beta, which includes bug fixes, stability and performance improvements. iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


BlueChatBox Review – A messaging app that makes sense

Nov 4, 2014 5:53 am

With the 19 billion dollar Whatsapp acquisition, there is not much dearth of messaging apps in the App Store. In fact, I have an entire folder of chat box icons to keep in touch with my different friend circles. But still, there are a few apps which succeed to keep themselves unique and makes... [more]


DTPinLockController 2.0.0

Nov 3, 2014 10:56 am

Our DTPinLockController is one of the oldest components we’ve been selling on Cocoanetics.com. It mimics the way the passcode lock screen on iOS works. Thanks to the massive reworking by René Pirringer and Stefan Gugarel there is now a new 2.0 version which supports all the latest iOS... [more]


The best of Halloween 2014

Nov 1, 2014 2:31 pm

Are you feeling playful? Then we heartily recommend Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes, for all those rockers out there Music Run: Hall of the Mountain King: For infinite running fans Walking War Robots: For all those warriors Dark Breakers: Conquest a virtual world Courli: For all those kids,... [more]


Dark Breakers Review – Conquer the world, one enemy at a time

Nov 1, 2014 2:01 pm

Like it or not, tower defense games are a thing. In some sense a subgenre of RTS games (how many Age of Empires or Command and Conquer games were essentially a tower defense phase followed by an army rush?,) they started getting big in Flash and somehow exploded more into mainstream with the... [more]


How To Move Spotlight Window on Yosemite

Nov 1, 2014 1:06 pm

This is a how-to post flipped on it’s head, I’m hoping you may know how-to move the Spotlight window on OS X Yosemite. Spotlight has been updated with many new features, however, the spotlight window is no longer relegated to (…) Read the rest of this entry »... [more]


German Siri now knows “Count-down”

Nov 1, 2014 1:26 am

Back in June, I requested that Apple let German-language Siri treat “Countdown” the same as “Timer”. Apple now implemented my feature request. It was somewhat annoying to me that I had to say “timer” (an english word used in German) when requesting a... [more]


Xcode 6: Live Rendering and Visual View Debugging

Oct 31, 2014 11:26 am

Xcode 6: Live Rendering and Visual View Debugging: “Historically, one such pain point has been debugging views and visual layouts. Even simple apps can grow into complex view hierarchies and now Xcode 6 implements a new feature to visually explode (…) Read the rest of this entry... [more]


Vira Finance Review – A compass for your exploration of day trading

Oct 31, 2014 12:38 am

Not everything on the App Store are games and Flappy Bird clones. For a lot of people, their iPhones and iPads are a fundamental tool for their jobs and side ventures. Vira Finance is one such tool, probably one of the niftiest in the toolrack of an investment afficionado. To give you a glimpse... [more]


Best iPad mini 3 cases

Oct 30, 2014 2:48 pm

Protect every inch of your iPad mini 3 with a good case! In essence, a good case should allow you to access each and every function that the iPad offers and still offer you with maximum protection. With this in mind we found the following cases as an excellent fit for you.   i-Blason iPad... [more]


nPlayer Review – Slick and featureful video player for iOS

Oct 30, 2014 12:49 pm

- Hey dude, did you watch that video I sent you the other day? - Crap, couldn’t open it on my iPad and forgot Been there? I have, several times. Well, right until a few days ago when I got nPlayer. Is it the ultimate video player experience for iPad? Well, it might actually be. […]... [more]


Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes Review – A gem of an endless runner

Oct 29, 2014 2:49 pm

Awesome soundtrack? Check. Zombies and undead? Check. Special weapons, powerups, fast paced gameplay? Check, check, check. Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes is a gem of an endless runner (actually, an endless brawler). The game Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes (from now on, Eternal Descent)... [more]


Mailbox Style Grid Menu

Oct 29, 2014 2:10 pm

CNPGridMenu: “A Mailbox style grid menu with a blurred background.” iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Proudly prod.ly

Oct 29, 2014 6:14 am

Disclaimer: I am the ProductLayer Developer Evangelist. My job is to convince you to build apps using our platform. Contact me if you have any questions. Have you ever tweeted about a product that has you excited? Have you ever posted about a product on Facebook that really annoys you? Are you a... [more]


Wordistic Review – Tetris, Scrabble, shake well and serve

Oct 29, 2014 12:51 am

Good, one-player (or with the possibility of being played alone) word games are very scarce in the app store. Before discovering Wordistic, the only other staple for the genre I knew was Lex (and/but Lex is only one-player, which is not that cool when facing some of the interesting stuff you can... [more]


Infuse 3 Review – Pushing the boundaries of mobile media playback

Oct 28, 2014 3:56 pm

It’s been over a year since Ruben had his hands on Infuse and dubbed it as the ‘Swiss army knife of video playing.’ Later, Infuse shed the skeuomorphic skin and became flat as a pancake with its iOS 7-optimized Infuse 2, which I reviewed at Apple TV Hacks. I tagged it as... [more]


CMDevice​Motion – Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Magnetometer

Oct 28, 2014 12:58 pm

CMDevice​Motion: “Beneath the smooth glass of each shiny iPhone, nestled on a logic board between touch screen controllers and Apple-designed SoCs, the gyroscope and accelerometer sit largely neglected.” True. “Core Motion allows a developer to observe and respond to the... [more]


Custom Subscripting in Swift

Oct 28, 2014 8:51 am

Custom Subscripting in Swift. This tutorial focuses on adding subscripts to your Swift classes. iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Courli Review – Charming puzzle platformer for kids

Oct 27, 2014 4:42 pm

It is really hard to find good, charming games for toddlers. Almost all games are In-App Purchases hell, meant to get your kids spending your money in coins, hats or other baubles. Courli is refreshing in that it is a simple, yet engaging platformer with no IAPs, and built specially for small... [more]


Swift as Command Line Interface (CLI)

Oct 27, 2014 2:38 pm

Swift as Command Line Interface (CLI): “This talk will show the other side of Swift — it’s scripting capabilities and how you can use it for building CLI tools. We will cover CLI basics, status codes, documentation, pipeline, and some (…) Read the rest of this entry... [more]


Core Data Framework to Simplify Common Tasks

Oct 27, 2014 10:45 am

Core Data is powerful, yet none-trivial. SuperRecord hopes to ease the pain: “A Swift CoreData Framework consisting of several Extensions and Helpers to bring some love and take the hassle out of common CoreData tasks.” Amazon: Core Data Books iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Organize Windows on OS X Without a Mouse

Oct 26, 2014 7:58 pm

“Spectacle allows you to organize your windows without using a mouse. Move and resize windows with ease. Window control with simple, customizable keyboard shortcuts.” Download source code iOSDeveloperTips.com [more]


Music Run: Hall of the Mountain King Review – Nice endless runner

Oct 25, 2014 8:41 am

If you’ve been following my reviews during the years, you’ll know I have mixed feelings with infinite runners. I love some to no end (Canabalt, 10000000, Alone, WaveWave) but some others I won’t mention, I despise a lot. Music Run: Hall of the Mountain King belongs to the former category:... [more]


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