iOS Dev Tools

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

Subscribe

A weekly update delivered right to your inbox. Sent once a week. No spam, not ever. Unsubscribe at any time.

Backend Services
screenshot of Helios

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. […]

Read More

Backend Services
screenshot of Objective-Cloud

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. […]

Read More

Backend Services
screenshot of StackMob

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. […]

Read More

Backend Services
screenshot of Kinvey

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. […]

Read More

Backend Services
screenshot of Parse

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. […]

Read More

Backend Services
screenshot of Urban Airship

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! […]

Read More