Questions about issues that are specifically related to Apple's iOS operating systems (whether directly or indirectly).

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How to develop cross platform mobile applications with native UI and Javascript backend?

I want to build a cross platform(Android, iOS, Windows) mobile application. I want the UX of the application to be different on the different platforms so that it will be more platform specific and ...
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VPN system to analyze users traffic (onavo-like)

I would like to develop a system that is able to analize the network traffic of people using it. I am interested in the URLs that the users request. Let's say the users targeted are on iOS or Android ...
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Reliable secure data exchange between service written on .NET and an iOS client app

I have a service written on .NET working on a company server. It designed to do a very simple thing, to receive a request via WCF named pipes from another service working locally on the same server, ...
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Approach to managing multiple services like Evernote, Google drive, dropbox in iOS

I'm trying to think up a scenario when I'd have three different forms of NSData (or whatever) to be sent to three different services like Evernote, Google drive, Dropbox. Granted, each of those has ...
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Can XCode work with TFS?

We have been using Team Foundation Server (TFS) for source code management of our solution which contains components for a number of platforms - asp.net, windows & android so far. We now wish to ...
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Does my use of the strategy pattern violate the fundamental MVC pattern in iOS?

I'm about to use the 'strategy' pattern in my iOS app, but feel like my approach violates the somehow fundamental MVC pattern. My app is displaying visual "stories", and a Story consists (i.e. has ...
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Core Data: is performing NSFetches in transient property code bad? Why?

In Core Data, we can put transient properties in our entity objects (or categories on our entities). These transient properties can calculate transient data based on actual entity properties. Is ...
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Drawbacks to redefining method in precompiled header

I have a lot of calls to NSLog(...). I need to change all of these calls to CLSNSLog(...). So I added this to my precompiled header (.pch): #import <CrashlyticsFramework/Crashlytics.h> #define ...
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How exactly to use the MVC design pattern

I have read the documentation on the apple's developer website which refer following guidelines A view class shouldn't depend on a model class (although this may be unavoidable with some custom ...
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Manage the persistence of entities on iOS in several places: CoreData on the device, iCloud and on a REST API

For the needs of a project, I would persist the datas contained in Core Data in several places depending on the state of the user. If the user is logged to my API -> Persist the datas on my API. ...
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What are the bad points of using Core Data for iOS like an ORM

I just starting to use Core Data for my iOS app and I am thinking about how use Core Data for my needs. What are the features of my app: The user look for products proposed from a catalog. The user ...
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Where does one draw the line between inspiration and plagiarism? [closed]

Suppose one would like to use in an iOS app only one function from a GPLv3 library that contains a large number of them. One cannot simply link the whole library beacuse otherwise the resulting ...
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Why does the Mailbox app need their own backend?

I am only coding in Objective-C and I have no experience with backend coding, only a high-level understanding. I understand why a lot of programming projects require backend servers but I'm not ...
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IOS app updates that don't require App Store submission

Some apps, I've noticed that developers are able to update their software without submitting them to the App Store. For example, Game of War will occasionally tell you that an update is available ...
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Are Calls to a WCF Service via JSONP Secure?

I am looking at developing a complete HTML5/JS mobile app that can be deployed to Android, iOS and Windows platforms. I am using DevExtreme tools to help me do that. I already have a WCF service that ...
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Good Programming Practice for similar child classes

I am developing an iOS application, in which I have to draw some patterns on a view based on option selected by user. Let me explain you more clearly. User will be shown number of images as options ...
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Private apps for iOS and Android

Is it possible to develop private apps for iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android? With "private apps" I mean apps that do not appear on the public app store, but can be downloaded and used only by selected ...
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Snapchat clone: How do I secure pre-downloaded notifications so that they cannot be opened outside of the app?

Say I'm making a snapchat clone app for Android and iOS. Let's say that I get a snapchat from Baz. I want to pre-download the audio for this snapchat. However, as the developer, I want to secure this ...
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What are the benefits of Android way of “saving memory” - explicitly passing Context objects everywhere?

Turned out, this question is not easy to formulate for me, but let's try. In Android, pretty much any UI object depends on a Context, and has defined lifetime. Android can also destroy and recreate UI ...
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iOS chat application design, sending/relaying the message over to the end user

I have a design question. Let us say you were tasked with building a chat application, specifically for iOS (iOS Chat Application). For simplicity let us say you can only chat with one person at a ...
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In iOS, y-axis starts from the top and grows downward. It is the opposite to OSX. What is the rationale and technical advantage behind this change?

In iOS, the coordinate (0, 0) means the top left corner. In OSX it is the bottom left corner. What is the Apple's rationale or technical advantage of this coordinate system?
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Why does Apple only allow for Static Frameworks on iOS?

Clearly Apple has the ability to create dynamically loaded libraries (known as frameworks) for iOS, as they ship several with XCode (such as UIKit). App developers only have the ability to create ...
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Is it bad practice to include two types of views in the same class?

In my app, I use a widget with a loading spinner to signify that a network request is waiting. On failure, there will be another view which contains a failure message and a "Reload" button. My ...
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Why do these iOS and OSX framework structures contain a version called 'A'?

I've been looking at development strategies for frameworks and have found a few good resources. However in the structure of frameworks in iOS and OSX I want to know why inside of the versions folder, ...
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Unit Testing in iOS — Should I split out my Data Model into it's own class?

I'm attempting to try out using unit test in for the first time in new iOS activity for work. I love the idea of unit testing, but always find the specifics to be... messy. I get the general ...
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Difference between the two enums

I came across an enum definition :- typedef enum NSInteger { kBorderTypeNone = 0, kBorderTypeLeft = 1 << 0, kBorderTypeRight = 1 << 1, kBorderTypeTop = 1 << ...
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Is there a download limit to ios apps?

With reference to iOS 7. I couldn't find any Apple documents with regards to this. Are we able to download any size of documents and manage them ourselves (within our app say < 100MB)? Example, we ...
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detect if a combination of string objects from an array matches against any commands

Please be patient and read my current scenario. My question is below. My application takes in speech input and is successfully able to group words that match together to form either one word or a ...
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Terminalogy “Controller” in MVC and “ViewController” in IOS

While studying IOS, i generally come across viewcontroller. That gives me, confusion, if this "ViewController" has to do something with controller ( in MVC ) ? But how come both "view" and ...
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Mobile development project architecture model/pattern

I would like to hear some improvement suggestions for mobile development (Android/iOS) project architectures. I would like to go for a "safe" design, modular and that can be easily maintained in time. ...
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Create an Objective-C category to route methods depending on a specified type

For one project, I needed to find a solution to avoid code like this: if ([self.desiredColor isEqualToString:@"Red"]) [self constructRedMenu]; else if ([self.desiredColor ...
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Starting point for building an iPhone app [closed]

I have one idea that I want to make an app for iPhone, I have recently bought a mac for the same purpose. I want to make small app and build on it in later versions. I work in in a small company and ...
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Modelling Login and Authentication on an iOS mobile client

I'm about to start working on a V2 of a mobile application and I'd like to adopt a more object-centric approach. Primarily because I think it makes for more maintainable code, but a secondary ...
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How is MTU determined and can it be changed

I'm developing a multi-part solution that consists of an iOS application and OS X application which communicate over Bluetooth Low Energy. Everything works fine and I can send moderate amounts of text ...
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iOS7 apps only using iPad only

I would like to develop iOS apps but due to budgetary issues I can only afford an iPad mini gen1 or iPod touch 5th gen. Is it possible for me to make apps for all iPhones and iPads/iPods using just a ...
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Connecting a native iOS app to backend and database

I have a good amount of experience working with objective-C and making iOS apps that work locally and with BaaS providers (Parse.com). However, I'd like to take my mobile development to the next level ...
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Turning a problem into a data

OK, I have an app that I'm creating but I'm just really not sure about how to approach the problem. The idea is fairly simple. I'm just not sure how to wrap it in a data model (or even if I should). ...
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Are there any significant advantages to using a native language for mobile app development? [closed]

Forgive me if this question has already been answered but I couldn't quite find the answer I was looking for. What I wanted to know was, is there any significant advantage to using a native language ...
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Which one is better offline method for large scale application

We've a big data management website used by several property. Some of our customers have downtime (they can't access net for an hour or two). We want our site to support offline data viewing and ...
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Designing object oriented programming

Basically, I want to make api calls using an SDK I am writing. I have the following classes: Car CarData (stores input values needed to create a car like model, make, etc) Basically to create a ...
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Objective-C Lesson in Class Design

I have the following classes: Teacher Student Class (like a school class) They all extend from KObject that has the following code: - initWithKey - send - processKey Teacher, Student ...
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Custom animation iOS

I have seen animation, and i can't figure out how to do something like in this video(youtube). I want to discuss how it's made. I don't think that they're using sprites. I have one idea how to do ...
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If I send an IPA over TestFlight, can it be used to deploy to the app store?

I am currently working for a small startup. I was previously under contract, now I am working for equity (no pay). The thing is, there is not yet a signed agreement in place as the details are being ...
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iOS: Multiple images or single scaling image

I have a fiery debate running in the office. We have an app with two buttons of different size. (One is 40 px wide and one is 150 px wide). They have the exact same look in terms of background image. ...
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What is the benefit of 64 bit A7 in iPhone

I'm trying to figure out why going to 64 bit processors is such a big deal in an iPhone. I understand that there will be twice as many registers so the processor can work with twice as much data which ...
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Why do development devices give you more resources than a typical device?

I have created an app that works on my 4th generation iPod Touch and my company's 5th generation iPod touch. We were about to release, when we found a crash that occurs after any non-developer ...
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What are the reasons to create UIView subclass?

I've noticed that there are a lot of UIView subclasses in my legacy project. Mostly the only reason of such a subclass is to split bigger view into custom subviews and provide layout for its subviews ...
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Where should I put methods that make an Http Request to get data from a web service in iOS development?

I have a Model Car in my iOS application where it's parameters like name, year, value etc are fetched from a web service in order to fill a list with cars data. Where should I put the method that ...
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Upgrading an app to support iOS5, 6 and 7

We are looking at an app that needs an upgrade. Currently it runs on iOS4, 5 & 6. The upgrade will move to iOS5, 6 & 7. It will also involve some UI changes and new features. I've been reading ...
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Do multiple 'helper' classes conflict with the accepted Apple design scheme?

I have a social location based application and I'm in a bit of design conflict that I can't seem to solve or find good information on. Realizing that I have multiple controllers that will similarly ...