iOS Dev Tools

The greatest iOS development tools, including websites, desktop and mobile apps, and back-end services.
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Sketch Repo

A collection of free, high-quality Sketch resources ready to use in your next project, or just to give you bit of inspiration. Sketch Repo includes Sketch resources across a number of categories, including mockups, icons, mobile, UI kits, and more. They're also accepting submissions if you'd like to contribute some of your work. You can also subscribe to the Sketch Repo mailing list to get the best Sketch resources sent to your email.

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MobileMozaic

A gallery selecting the best in iOS app design from around the world. MobileMozaic aims to be a rich source of inspiration for iOS designers and developers. All submissions have been categorised based on UI patterns such as activity feeds, logins, popovers, timelines, and loads more. You can also browse by category such as travel, productivity or sports, or search by name, making it easy to find the inspiration you need.

UI Movement

A huge collection of animated UI design inspirations. UI Movement designs are submitted by the community and curated by the site's creator, Ramy. Each new design is tagged so that you can easily find the most popular design animations for whatever design element you're looking for. You can also sign up to the email newsletter to have the top UI designs delivered to your inbox each week.

UI Interactions

A curated collection of inspiring UI interactions and concepts from iOS and Android apps. UI Interactions is updated daily with new delightful interactions including animations, gestures, loaders, transitions, on-boarding, and loads more. Each interaction is tagged and searchable with links back to the source and author, so it's easy to find the inspiration you're after.

Just Good Copy

A collection of example email copy from a number of well known online companies. Just Good Copy makes it easier to get the communication with your users right by giving you examples of how other online companies are doing it. The collection includes example emails for loads of different purposes including welcome, thank you, feature announcements, email confirmation, and more, from companies such as Slack, Pinterest, Evernote, Dropbox and GitHub.

iOS Up

A daily showcase of iOS inspiration and resources including freebies to download and a market to buy and sell quality assets. iOS Up covers app icons, complete user interfaces, landing pages, tutorials and more, and offer over 50 integrations for demoing prototypes from services such as FramerJS, CodePen, Pixate or Marvel. If you need more than just a bit of inspiration, iOS Up also offers various icons, UI kits, templates and themes for you to buy or, in some cases, download for free.

One Page Love

A massive showcase of beautiful one page websites, templates and resources. One page websites are great for marketing iOS apps and One Page Love provides hundreds of examples and templates for you to use as inspiration. Each website includes an embedded preview and short description with a link out to the actual site. Websites are also tagged and categorised to help you find what you're looking for. They're also working on a new one page portfolio builder called Currl.

User Onboarding

A site that provides a detailed look at the way popular web and iOS apps onboard their users. User Onboarding details the first-time launch process with 'teardowns' - step by step screenshot slideshows with insightful annotations that describe and analyse the process. It is crucial to get the user onboarding process right, and this site offers some really invaluable advice that you could apply to your apps. The most recent teardown looks at the new Apple Music app which, unfortunately, doesn't fair too well.

LAPA

A curated gallery of landing page inspiration. LAPA is like many of the app galleries but focuses on landing pages instead of app screenshots. With the App Store being as large as it is, having a presence on the web should be an important part of your marketing strategy, and LAPA can provide you with great inspiration for your design. The site runs on Tumblr so the features are limited, but each post is tagged with useful keywords so you can filter the landing pages by iPhone apps, iPad apps, and more, and you can search the entire collection.

Sketch App Sources

A large source of high-quality Sketch downloads. Sketch App Sources features plugins, tutorials, tips, articles, UI kits, wireframe kits, templates, icons, and many design resources created by Sketch users around the world, including complete sections for iOS. Sketch is fast becoming the app to use for iOS interface design and one of the best ways to learn new techniques and design principles is to study and analyse the work of others, which is why Sketch App Sources is a great site.

Sketchapp TV

365 free premium Sketch App files delivered at one file a day. Sketchpad TV is an excellent collection of design resources that should provide great inspiration for your app designs. Not all the free files will be completely relevant to iOS design but previous files have included app mockups, icons, logos and promo images. Definitely worth checking out if you are a Sketch user.

UICloud

A massive online database of user interface designs. UICloud consists of over 46,000 UI elements and 1,200 UI kits each categorised by platform (including iOS and Mac), UI element type and colour. You can browse the collection by category, latest, top rated, most popular and search for UI keywords. Most of the designs include free to download PSDs and, in the case of some web designs, HTML and CSS files. Also, most designs are released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License so are also free to use with attribution.

TETHR

A free iOS design kit worth $80 from Invision. The kit is comprised of 138 templates and over 250 components across 8 different PSD files, covering everything from e-commerce and multimedia to navigation and social. TETHR follows a clean and modern design and aims to match the flat style of iOS 7. Elements can be mixed and matched by drag-and-drop to create any iPhone interface and all assets are retina ready.

Envato Market

A collection of websites where you can find and buy everything you'll need for your next project. Envato Markets include: Code Canyon where you can get plugins, app components or complete templates; Video Hive, Audio Jungle and Photo Dune where you can find stock video, audio and photos respectively; 3D Ocean where you can buy models and textures for 3D projects; and more. Prices start at $1 so you should be able to find something within your budget.

Mobile Awesomeness

An online gallery of mobile designs that aims to be a place for people to find inspiration, promote their work and connect with potential clients. Mobile Awesomeness is like many other gallery sites except they use a rating system where designs are rated on UI/UX, design and concept, with the highest rated designs being awarded Gold and Silver awards. The rating system helps to surface the best mobile designs so you don't have to wade through lots of mediocre designs to get the best inspiration.

Behance

A platform to showcase and discover photography, graphic design, illustration that is now part of the Adobe family. The types creative work you can find on Behance are definitely very broad but a quick search of 'iOS' can unearth beautiful iOS designs. Unlike other design showcase sites, Behance lets designers post much more detail about their work with long scrollable images. Definitely a great place to get inspiration or contact great designers.

Meerli

Yet another collection of mobile screenshots to inspire your app designs, except with the added goal of trying to connect developers with designers. Each listing on Meerli includes full contact details for the designer to make it easy for developers, designers or anyone else to get in touch. If you need a designer for your next project, this might be a good place to start your search.

iOSpirations

A gallery of iOS and Mac UI and icon designs and more. iOSpirations covers the same as many other design inspiration websites but goes beyond that to include app icon and landing page designs, UI resources such as templates, icon packs and UI elements kits, as well as Objective-C libraries for UI elements.

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.

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.

Inspired UI

Another great collection of app screenshots to inspire your app designs. The site covers iPhone, iPad and Android and the screenshots are grouped by categories such as Activity Feeds, Logins, Sidebars and more. They have also created a magazine for Flipboard with the latest mobile UI news and article.

After iOS 7 Icons

A Tumblr blog by Kee Yen Yeo of iOS 6 apps icon redesigned for iOS 7. Great for getting inspiration for bringing your app icon up-to-date.

App Design Vault

A catalogue of 21 app design templates to buy that you can use for building your next app. Each template includes sliced up PSDs and sample code. Prices start at about $59 and they have a premium membership for discounts and extra goodies. They've also recently added some iOS 7 style templates as well.

Made for iOS 7

A Tumblr blog by Steve Streza of app designs and icons made for iOS 7. Great for getting inspiration for updating your app to the new iOS 7 design aesthetic.

pttrns

A gallery of app screenshots showcasing design. Screenshots are categorised by screen type or app functionality (e.g. Maps, News, Search) and fully searchable. Includes a cool magnifying loupe to get a closeup look at those pixels.

Capptivate.co

A gallery of app animations inspired by pttrns, grouped into categories for type of animation.