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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screenshot of PLCrashReporter


An in-process crash reporting framework for use on both iOS and OS X. PLCrashReporter powers many of the crash reporting services available for iOS including HockeyApp, Flurry, and Crittercism. If you don’t want to signup to a crash reporting service, PLCrashReporter is probably the best open-sourced drop-in framework you can use. […]

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A humble replacement of Apple√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s iPhone Configuration Utility for installing ad hoc apps on iOS devices. As the app installation feature of iPhone Configuration Utility is broken on Mavericks there aren’t many simple ways of installing an ad hoc build directly onto a device. AppStaller can solve this problem until Apple get their act together. […]

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CocoaPods Search Workflow for Alfred

This is one for Alfred fans (which you all should be) – a simple Alfred workflow for searching CocoaPods. Just type ‘pod’ followed by your search query and it’ll give you a list of matching Pods. Hit Enter on one of the results and it’ll take you to the Pod in Safari or hit Alt+Enter to copy the dependency definition to your clipboard ready to be pasted into your Podfile. […]

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Mobile Patterns

A library of iOS and Android screenshots in the same format as pttrns that can provide inspiration for your designs. The screenshots are searchable and split into categories such as feeds, popovers and timelines. There’s nothing particularly unique about Mobile Patterns but it’s always nice to have another place to find inspiration. […]

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APNS Pusher

A simple Apple Push Notification Service (APNS) debug application for Mac that lets you send push notifications to APNS with no configuration needed at all. It automatically grabs the certificate out of your keychain and discovers device tokens via bonjour. It also supports error response codes, switching between development and production environments, custom JSON payloads and can export identities to PEM format. […]

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Graphics & Animation
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Particle Playground

A Mac app that makes it easy to create custom particle emitter classes (CAEmitterCell and CAEmitterLayer). You just drop in your particle image then adjust the emitter effect using the sliders and view the live preview in the built-in iOS simulator. Once you’re happy with the effect you can export it as .h and .m files ready to be imported into your project. Really simple and easy but can save lots of time. […]

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App Store and Sales
screenshot of Distimo


An App Store analytics and conversion tracking service. Once you’ve signed up for a free account you can track downloads, revenues, rankings, reviews, and ad revenues using the website or app. You can also use AppLinks and the drop-in SDK to start conversion tracking. AppLinks provide a cross platform download link that you can share, creates a nice app landing page and redirects to the App Store. Distimo also offer a service (for a fairly hefty fee) that provides tracking of estimated downloads and revenues of any app in the App Store. They claim that 54% of apps are estimated with a margin of error below 3%, 95% are estimated with a margin of error below 10%. […]

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screenshot of Dribbble


Perhaps this is a bit of an obvious one, but I think it’s worth posting here anyway. I’m always amazed by some of the beautiful iOS designs you can find by just doing a search for ‘iOS’ on Dribbble. You can find everything from icons, to UI elements and even full screen designs. It’s one of the best places to get inspiration or to get in contact with some of the best UI designers in the community. […]

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Core Intuition

A fantastic weekly podcast about indie software development for Mac and iOS hosted by Daniel Jalkut and Manton Reece. Each week they discuss the projects they’ve been working on, their experiences in indie development, and the latest Cocoa development news. Daniel and Manton’s combined experience with iOS, Mac and web development is what makes Core Intuition so interesting though – every week there is something interesting to learn from their discussion. […]

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Networking and APIs
screenshot of ProgrammableWeb


One of the best websites for web APIs. It has a massive searchable directory of APIs sorted by category and popularity. Each API is listed with details including protocols, formats and links to documentation. In addition to the directory, the site also covers API news, how-to guides and a directory of some of the best mashups using the APIs listed on the site. ProgrammableWeb is the best place to start to get inspiration for your next API based app. […]

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