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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Learning
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Try Objective-C

An interactive course from Code School that teaches the basics of the Objective-C language for iOS development beginners. You can subscribe to play more advanced iOS courses, but this course (and the first level of all courses) is free to play. […]

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Networking and APIs
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Runscope

A useful API proxy service for debugging your API calls. You just have to swap your API URLs in your code with a Runscope one and all traffic will be available for you to inspect online. You can also create API requests, save them and run them through later. […]

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App Store and Sales
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Status Magic

A mac app for adding perfect status bars to your iOS App Store screenshots. Import screenshots from your iOS device and Status Magic will either overlay a clean status bar on top with options for all the icons and indicators or allow you to easily remove the status bar all together. […]

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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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Debugging
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Shake Report

A useful little utility to get bug reports from users. The drop-in SDK allows users to shake their device to send a report. You can also download the backend component and deploy it on your server to have your reports collected and classified. […]

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Deployment
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iOS Support Matrix

The definitive iOS version/device matrix chart. It includes all the data you need including hardware specs, minimum and maximum supported iOS versions, retina display support and even Geek Bench ratings. Very handy! […]

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Analytics
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Flurry

Probably the most widely used mobile analytics service. Using their mobile SDKs you can log all sorts of data about sessions and users including custom timed events and crashes. They also offer services to help you monetise your app with ads and find a bigger audience. […]

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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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Design
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AppCooker

A handy iPad app which allows you to quickly mockup app concepts and export to various formats. Also includes a useful iOS pricing tool and an App Store assistant. […]

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Images and Icons
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Slicy

A clever tool for Mac that slices up your PSDs based on layer groups. It will automatically cut up your PSD elements as assets for your app. It will even create retina graphics if you append your layer group name with “[email protected]”. […]

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