iOS Dev Tools

The greatest iOS development tools, including websites, desktop and mobile apps, and back-end services. Updated daily by Max Ott.

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Elasticode

A drop-in SDK and backend service that aims to improve mobile engagement in your app with customisable user on-boarding, feature walkthroughs, product tours, update suggestions, permission requests and more. Elasticode lets you design your user interactions online using over 10,000 different elements and animations before pushing to your app remotely without having to go through app review. The latest feature, BackView, even lets you utilise how your app appears in the multi-tasking app-switcher to encourage users to come back to your app. […]

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Statuspage

A status page generator that lets you host your status page for free on GitHub. Statuspage uses issues to automate displaying incidents and labels for severity. When you create your page you’ll be prompted to enter the systems you want to display on your status page (e.g. your apps website or backend). Once your page is up and running, you can create an issue in GitHub to display a new incident and select labels to identify the system and severity. When the incident is resolved, just close the issue to remove it from the status page. Statuspage also comes with a fully customisable template and CSS. […]

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Kitura

A new lightweight web framework from IBM that lets you build end-to-end web services with complex routes in Swift and quickly deploy them on both OSX and Linux. Kitura’s design is inspired by popular Node.js framework, Express.js, in particular its URL routing and pluggable middleware. It currently includes URL routing for GET, POST, PUT and DELETE requests, support for URL parameters, static file serving, JSON parsing and pluggable middleware. Kitura is an exciting project that promises to let you build both mobile front-end and back-end portions of an app in the same language. […]

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Saber

An iOS app that lets you manage your apps on Heroku while on the go from your iPhone or iPad. Saber offers complete Heroku management including an interactive console for connecting to Dynos. You can also scale dynos, view realtime logs, instantly restart your apps, rollback releases and toggle maintenance mode. Saber is currently optimised for iPhone, iPad and iPad Pro, but a Mac version is coming soon as well. […]

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Let’s Encrypt

A new certificate authority that’s free, automated, and open. Let√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Encrypt aims to allow anyone who owns a domain (including this site) to use a trusted certificate to secure their server at zero cost unlike other CAs that may charge over $100 per year to do the same. It also includes a command line tool that runs on your web server that makes it painless to obtain a certificate, securely configure it for use, and automatically take care of renewal. Let’s Encrypt is backed by some big sponsors, including Cisco, Mozilla and Facebook, and has just entered public beta so can now be used by everyone. […]

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Let’s Encrypt

A new certificate authority that’s free, automated, and open. Let’s Encrypt aims to allow anyone who owns a domain (including this site) to use a trusted certificate to secure their server at zero cost unlike other CAs that may charge over $100 per year to do the same. It also includes a command line tool that runs on your web server that makes it painless to obtain a certificate, securely configure it for use, and automatically take care of renewal. Let’s Encrypt is backed by some big sponsors, including Cisco, Mozilla and Facebook, and has just entered public beta so can now be used by everyone. […]

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Backend Services
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Perfect

A framework for developing web and other REST services in Swift. Perfect’s primary focus is on facilitating mobile apps which require backend server software, allowing you to use one language for both client-side and server-side development. It consists of: PerfectLib, a module components and utilities for client and server including JSON encoding/decoding, cURL support, byte stream management, and more; Perfect Server, a backend server supporting FastCGI or stand-alone HTTP; and a set of connectors to add server side support for technologies such as MySQL, PostgreSQL and MongoDB. […]

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Otto

A new devops tool that automates the way application environments are created for both development and production use. Created by HashiCorp, Otto aims to be the successor to Vagrant by abstracting away the complexity of learning all the tooling required to develop locally, provision infrastructure, deploy applications, and secure applications, into one tool to handle all the aspects of development and deployment to any cloud platform. A great tool for iOS developers that need to build a backend service but don’t have to time to learn all the tooling required to develop and deploy. […]

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Backend Services
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Bit6

A service that provides realtime communication capabilities for your app. Bit6 provides a drop-in SDK that lets you add app-to-app voice and video calling, text, photo, location and video messaging. It can even provide integration with PSTN lines and SMS so you can make calls and send messages to landlines and feature phones from your app. The Bit6 SDK also handles all the identity management and user authentication and discovery through phone number, email, Google or Facebook. The SDK is available for iOS, Android and Javascript for web apps. […]

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Backend Services
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StackShare

A site where you can discover the tech stacks behind some of the world’s best software companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Dropbox. StackShare lets you see which tools and services they use, and how they’re using them. If you need to set up a backend service to support your iOS app but don’t know what tools to use, StackShare is the best place to start. Once you’re happy with the tools and services you’ve chosen, you can share your stack for other developers to discuss and vote on. […]

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