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

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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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Unit Testing in iOS — Should I split out my Data Model into its 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 [closed]

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 ...
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What is the proper way to store an object with many attributes in Objective-C?

I have an object that I am downloading over HTTP, that has approximately 50 attributes. What is the proper way to store this information in Objective-C? Should I have an NSObject with a property for ...
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metro style on windows and android

I want to develop a rather simple app using windows 8 metro style for GUI. But i need this app to have the same appearance, GUI, for both platforms, so that end users that uses it both on PC and a ...
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Keeping third-party source code up to date

What is the best way to keep third-party source code up to date? For instance in my app, I'm using third-party source code from an open GitHub repository. What I've done is that I have downloaded the ...
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Code review if nobody in team has knowledge in some technology?

Sample situation: A team of Java developers starts an iOS project. Only one developer has Objective-C/iOS knowledge, and in the beginning he will work on this project alone. How we can perform code ...
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iOS In-App Purchases with dynamic content

I want to built an app that it will support In-App Purchases. In short, user will download the app (with some basic features), and he will have the ability to download extra layers (delivery ...
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What's the difference between “Add to home screen” safari HTML5 webapp vs HTML5 webapp wrapped in UIWebView?

Someone asked me this. The answer he gave was HTML5 in UIWebView can cache the app data so it can run offline. I thought the same thing can be achieved using safari add to home screen, no?
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Why use protocol, not call the method directly?

I was asked this question in an interview. For eg: UITableviewDelegate protocol has CellForRowAtIndexpath. Why make it a delegate method in a protocol not a method in the UITableView class and call it ...
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How to continue development without the webservice?

We make iOS apps where we often get data in a list from an API, then we select the data and go to the next ViewController. Often it happens that the server is down or some API is not ready. What is ...
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Why do we use networking libraries instead of plain NSURLRequests and NSURLConnection ?

in iOS development, I have often seen people creating a networking module to interact with their APIs. This module generally sits on top of a networking framework like MKNetWorkKit or AFNetWorking. ...
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Questions to ask to ensure someone understands programming? (and iOS) [closed]

So, I've been tutoring my friend for 2 years. Most people learn programming on their own in 3-6 months, (sans algorithms). It's confusing 'cause he'll run anywhere I tell him to, understands how to ...
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Solutions for iOS collaborative sync (iCloud CoreData, CouchDB)?

I'm developing an iOS app where one of the features will be allowing users to share and collaborate on data (e.g. lists). From everything I've read and based on the way that iCloud CoreData sync works ...
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PayPal proof of payment - is there a need to store it at our server?

I am developing an iPhone app, which I am integrating with PayPal. I did it successfully using PayPal library. I am testing it on sandbox mode. When I transfer money from one account to the other ...
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Licensing open source controls iOS

I am confused about using licensed open source control in my comercial iOS application. Do I have to include any license in my code or i can just add open source control and push app to app store? ...
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NSException in init when having a custom designated initialiser?

I have a custom View Controller that is a subclass of UIViewController that requires a data object to be set up properly. Without this object, showing the VC doesn't make any sense. So I created a ...
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Can I create and publish an iPhone app by building it in a second hand Mac?

I have never published an app to app store. I have a chance to buy an apple mac from someone. Is it possible to use that to publish to app store? What if the first owner was also a developer? If ...
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Handling Dynamic amount of Strings for persistent and runtime storage in an IOS App

Background I am dynamically building an FQL query statement and because of the nature of the app, I exclude FB family members, this is the base portion of the query and remains fairly static. The ...
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Would this development environment cover the bases for iOS and Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 apps?

I'm an experienced C# developer. I've created a couple Windows Phone apps and a Windows 8 app but have wanted to develop for iOS too. What I'm thinking is adding the following equipment and software ...
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Git Branch Model for iOS projects with one developer [duplicate]

I'm using git for an iOS project, and so far have the following branch model: feature_brach(usually multiple) -> development -> testing -> master Feature-branches are short-lived, just ...
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Why is it impossible for Google to port V8 along with Chrome's codebase in C/Obj-C on iOS?

Google has given a reason that All apps on iOS have to run in the sandbox environment except for special apps by apple that get to tap into some private APIs. So Chrome on iOS uses whatever the ...
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How to implement a Theme for View Controllers in an iOS app?

I have an application, where font size, font type, color, background color, image and a lot of things change based on theme. I realised in the beginning itself that using enums to denote themes and ...
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How To Become More Comfortable with the Technical Terms

I have been working freelance for a few years, and before that I worked as an entry-level coder for a non-technical company. I "understand" how delegates, and MVC, and how to make an app and make it ...