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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Fabric

A new suite of cross-platform mobile development tools from Twitter that helps developers solve several common challenges. Fabric is comprised of all seven of Twitter’s SDKs organised into three distinct ‘Kits’: the Crashlytics Kit, the Twitter Kit, and the MoPub Kit, covering crash reporting, testing before going live, driving downloads, onboarding new users, social features, understanding your apps√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s growth and monetisation. It’s also really easy to incorporate the tools using a Mac app that integrates with Xcode to walk you through the steps required. […]

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Backend Services
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Apiary

A tool for helping you design the best API before having to write any code. Apiary lets you design and test your API with an API Blueprint written in a open sourced, Markdown-like language that defines your API endpoints and how they should work including a mock server, tests, validations, code samples and your language bindings. Apiary will also convert your API Blueprint into interactive, comprehensive documentation for your API that you can share with other developers. It also offers a Traffic Inspector that will show exact data for requests made on your API, down to HTTP level, and outline differences from API documentation, or even perform validations against your schema. […]

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Backend Services
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Firebase

A backend as a service that provides an API to both store and sync data in realtime across all your clients. When data changes, apps built with Firebase update instantly across every device – web or mobile. Firebase-powered apps also work offline, data is automatically synchronized when your app regains connectivity. With Firebase you don’t need to write any backend code – or worry about scaling that backend. […]

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PingPal

A cross platform app communication service that can provide a persistent connection for server-to-user or user-to-user WebSocket style communication. PingPal is currently in beta but they have drop-in iOS and Javascript SDKs for you to try now, with Android coming soon. The service also includes “UniPush” which provides a single fully transparent push mechanism that automatically selects the right push service for the user’s platform. […]

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Helios

An extensible open-source backend framework for iOS apps from Mattt Thompson. Helios is built on the Rack webserver interface and is comprised of a collection of backend components that you can mix and match to provide features including data synchronisation, push notifications, in-app purchases, Passbook, Newstand, logging and analytics. […]

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Backend Services
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Objective-Cloud

Not exactly an iOS development tool, but it is an idea that is mad enough to get a mention. As the name suggests, Objective-Cloud allows you to run Objective-C in the cloud. You can develop your custom web applications in Xcode, deploy straight to the cloud and they handle all the scaling. They also provide an SDK that includes a custom HTTP handler for creating RESTful web services. Price tiers are very reasonable as well. […]

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Backend Services
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StackMob

A very comprehensive backend-as-a-service provider. Like most providers, StackMob offers a datastore API, social login, push notifications, file storage and custom business logic code, but it also adds some other unique features such as a geolocation API, analytics and deployment management. They do offer a free tier but you have request pricing if you need more. […]

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Backend Services
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Kinvey

An alternative backend-as-a-service provider very similar to Parse. Like Parse, it offers cloud storage, push notifications and custom business logic, but also provides an out-of-the-box implementation of Facebook Open Graph for apps that don’t have websites. […]

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Backend Services
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Parse

Parse makes building the backend for your app easy. They provide a complete backend-as-a-service through their many SDKs that allow you to save objects in the cloud with just a few lines of code. You can also add custom business logic using their “Cloud Code”. They were recently bought by Facebook so they should know a thing or two about scaling. […]

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Backend Services
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Urban Airship

Urban Airship used to just provide the backend for push notifications but has now expanded into other services such as analytics, audience segmentation and Passbook support. The SDK is simple to implement and the free plan includes 1 million push messages per month! […]

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