iOS Dev Tools

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

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Most developers debug their apps from logs generated by the application. If you've ever received bug or issue reports from users, you'll know they can be hard to replicate.

Bugfender is the simplest way to collect your app's usage data from real users on real devices. It's easy-to-use SDK can be setup in under 60 seconds, which sends logs to our online storage service. You can filter through logs, devices and even individual users to help identify issues, fix bugs and provide even better customer support.

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Mapping and Location


It's now been over a year since Apple Maps launched with iOS 6 and it's still lagging a long way behind its competitors. If you want to include maps in your app but don't trust Map Kit, Mapbox is a great alternative. They provide a drop-in SDK that is a bottom-up, open source rewrite providing the same features as Map Kit as well as offline map caching, extensive map customisation and loads more. Mapbox is used by some pretty big names, including Foursquare and Pintrest, and the map data is powered by the OpenStreetMap project so is very accurate and up to date. The free plan gets you 3,000 map views per month but there are a decent selection of paid plans if that's not enough.