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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Black Friday App & Book deals

We're embracing the Black Friday madness by sharing this curated list of the best app and book deals for developers, designers and entrepreneurs. At the time of writing there are 46 deals on the list but more are being added regularly, and you can filter using the search bar at the top. Some of my favourite deals include 50% off Pixelmator for Mac and iOS, 50% off all O'Reilly ebooks and videos, and the big discounts on UI8 UI Kits.

Other Similar Tools

CALayer

A new blog from Shannon Potter that focuses on technical topics around the Core Animation framework. CALayer documents tips, techniques, pitfalls, and opinions about Core Animation, with occasional posts about other related iOS graphics and media frameworks such as Core Image, SceneKit and Metal. So far Shannon has written in depth on CATransaction and CAShapeLayer and a quick look at closure-based CAAnimationDelegate. Core Animation can be tricky to master and so this blog could become a great place to learn more.

Programmar

A new place for developers to read and write about technical things. Anyone can log in using their GitHub account and write about something that other developers would be interested in; and if you're not much of a writer then there are plenty of informative posts for you to read. Programmar is a relatively new site but there are already several articles related to iOS development and programming in general.

Inessential

An excellent blog from Brent Simmons, a Mac and iOS developer known for being one third of Q Branch, the creators of Vesper. Brent's wealth of experience is evident in his informative and candid blog posts that cover a range of topics on development and life as an indie developer. In particular, it's definitely worth reading his 'Vesper Sync Diary' that chronicles all the details and dilemmas encountered while building a sync system for Vesper. Brent's blog is far from inessential for any iOS or Mac developer.

NSBlog

A long running technical blog from Mike Ash of Plausible Labs. Also known as Friday Q&A, NSBlog features deep dive posts about a wide range of technical topics from language features and the compiler to protocol design and framework implementations . Although Mike describes NSBlog as a "Mac development blog", a lot of the topics covered in the posts apply to iOS development as well.

iOS Development Tips

A blog with useful iOS, Objective-C and Xcode tips to help make you more productive. It also talks about recreating some well-known animations to gain a better understanding of frameworks like Core Animation and Facebook Pop.

The Business of App Design

A blog written by Dan Counsell, the founder of Realmac Software, the company behind Clear, Ember and RapidWeaver. Dan writes excellent articles covering business, marketing and design for iOS and the App Store. He writes around one to two articles each month and they are some of the most valuable resources available to developers in this area. An essential read for all iOS developers who are publishing to the App Store.

[iOS developer:tips];

A link-list style developer blog that has been going since the real early days of iPhone OS. It is focused on all things iOS, including code examples, tips and tricks, Apple developer news, open source projects and tools.