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

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Why Android created emulator rather simulator?

From http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4544588/difference-between-iphone-simulator-and-android-emulator The difference between emulators and simulators is that emulators mimic the software and ...
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Why it is necessary to to test my iPhone app on actual iPhone device

I developed one application for iPhone and now I want it on App Store. So many my iOS geek friends told me to test it on actual device i.e. on iPhone. So I wonder that why it is necessary to to test ...
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Setting up a development standardization guide for in-house/vendor programmers

I was recently hired by a large multi-national corporation to head up mobile development for their sales operation/support team. In a company of close to 10,000 people I am, at least in the America's, ...
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MVCS - Model View Controller Store

I recently decided to start learning iOS Development, and to this end I’ve been reading iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide. In the book the authors describe a design pattern MVCS - ...
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Pictures from iPhone to clients FTP server - Directly (iPhone->FTP) or Cloud (iPhone->Amazon->FTP)

My clients wants to take pictures with their iPhone's and place them collectible on their server, suggested by FTP. I can see there is two solutions: Directly upload from the iPhone to the FTP ...
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How to Release to the App Store as an Individual

I've written an iOS app, and I'd like to release it on to the App Store. I'm an individual so it's not being released via a company or anything, just me. Is it typical to just release a free app ...
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Where do the parser and service objects fit in MVC?

Do NSURLConnection service objects and XML/JSON parser objects fall within the controller layer or the model layer? Why? Is it OK to have business logic in the controller? Or should it be in the ...
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How and when to use UNIT testing properly

I am an iOS developer. I have read about unit testing and how it is used to test specific pieces of your code. A very quick example has to do with processing JSON data onto a database. The unit ...
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iOS - Unit tests for KVO/delegate codes

I am going to design a MVC pattern. It could be either designed as a delegate pattern, or a Key-Value-Observing(KVO), to notify the controller about changing models. The project requires certain ...
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Are there bots that download new iOS apps without being asked? [closed]

I noticed on the first day my iOS app hit the app store I got a download from Albania and another one from China. The app is only useful to a specific group, all of which are in a certain U.S. city. ...
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What patterns book for iOS development contains this specific information? [closed]

I've read several books on iOS development and Objective-C, however what a lot of them teach is how to work with interfaces and all contain the model inside the view controller, i.e. a ...
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Strategy for avoiding duplicate object ids for data shared across devices using iCloud

I have a data intensive iOS app that is not using CoreData nor does it support iCloud synching (yet). All of my objects are created with unique keys. I use a simple long long initialized with the ...
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Why does XCode convert PNGs to CgBI format?

According to the research done here http://imageoptim.com/tweetbot.html, Xcode's conversion of PNGs to the proprietary Apple CgBI format does not create a noticeable performance improvement. Their ...
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If I implement a web-service, how do I respond to POST requests with JSON?

I have to make a rather complex system for my diploma work. Logically it will consist of the following components: Database Web-service Management with web interface Client iOS application that will ...
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iOS: Using Jenkins for nightly internal builds (TestFlight), plus frequent client builds [closed]

I'm an iOS dev, working for a small agency. I'm currently on a few smaller projects where I'm the only developer. We recently acquired a Jenkins server, but each project is left to fend for themselves ...
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Sending files via HTTP to web service

I am bit frustrated at the lack of information about this online. Here is the issue: I am in charge of creating a iOS application which sends sound data back and forth between the server and the app. ...
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Can python and php work together?

I am having a mobile app created for ios. The developers built the app in php. The app requires an algorithm so I found another programmer to develop it. The algorithm programmer built the algorithm ...
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iOS app with a lot of text

I just asked a question on StackOverflow, but I'm thinking that a part of it belongs here, as questions about design pattern are welcomed by the faq. Here is my situation. I have developed almost ...
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Should I open Source my iOS application?

I developed an iOS application as a student and I am currently distributing it for free in the app store. I have received a few enquires about adding features to the app including one person who would ...
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Use Android NDK for portability with iOS?

I am currently planning to implement a little painting app using OpenGL ES 1.1. I believe this question applies to any OpenGL ES project. I am starting development on Android and I would like to ...
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Data structures for storing finger/stylus movements in drawing application?

I have a general question about creating a drawing application, the language could be C++ or ObjectiveC with OpenGL. I would like to hear what are the best methods and practices for storing strokes ...
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Could Apple and Microsoft allow the GPLv3 on their locked-down devices?

It seems that both Apple and Microsoft prohibit GPLv3-licensed software in the app stores for their locked-down devices (i.e. iOS, Windows Phone and the Metro part of Windows). I have heard various ...
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Current iOS version/device statistics?

The answer to this SO question has become stale: iOS version/device statistics - where can i find? because time currency wasn't part of that question, and iOS version updates have been release since ...
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Good example of gprof, for iOS project

The GNU profiler gprof, can be used to profile any application right on the device, allowing real world profiling. As Xcode 4.5 based on LLVM plus it has GNU Debugger, Profiler, and others. I need ...
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How to run any cronjobs using Objective-C at iOS Platform

Is there any way to run schedulers / schedule programs for example Cron Jobs using Objective-C at iOS Platform? I need to create a schedule update to my ios, lets say for example every five days my ...
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How to check any undocumented methods provided by apple?

The following tools is provided by Apple dlopen dlsym objc_getClass sel_registerName objc_msgSend Those are listing Objective-C selectors, or strings. Objective-C selectors are stored in a special ...
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Recommended solutions for integrating iOS with .NET, at the service tier

I'm developing an application, in iOS, that is required to connect to my Windows Server to poll for new data, update, etc. As a seasoned C# developer, my first instinct is to start a new project in ...
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Why is iOS “jailbreaking” CPU specific?

Recently, iOS 6 was "jailbroken" but only on the Apple A4 CPU. Why is the "jailbreaking" process specific to a CPU? From Wikipedia: ... "iOS jailbreaking is the process of removing the ...
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Organizing code for iOS app development

I've been developing an app for the iOS platform, and as I've been going along, I've noticed that I've done a terrible job of keeping my files (.h, .m, .mm) organized. Is there any industry standards ...
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Resources for creating a turn-by-turn navigation system

I'm trying to create a kind of turn-by-turn satellite navigation system using the iOS SDK. I get the directions from the server and draw them on the map, then I keep getting location updates from the ...
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What is a good design pattern / lib for iOS 5 to synchronize with a web service?

We are developing an iOS application that needs to synchronize with a remote server using web services. The existing web services have an "operations" style rather than REST (implemented in WCF but ...
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What are some general guidelines for setting up an iOS project I will want to personally publish but sell in the future? [closed]

I have an idea for a personal iOS project that I would like to write and release to the iOS store. I'm the type of developer who enjoys developing and publishing. I want to write quality software ...
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Best strategy for supporting multiple server communication from iPhone/android app?

I'm making an app that will be used in multiple hospitals in the US. As per HIPAA compliance requirement, every hospital will have its own server that complies with these requirements of ensuring ...
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How can we distribute a client app to other non-US businesses?

I'm working on an app which acts as a client for our web service. We sell this service to businesses, and we want to distribute the app to their employees for free. The app will be customised for ...
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Guided Questioning iOS App

I'm making an iPad app that will display a few choices and based on your choice will display a series of questions with each question triggering a different set of questions. I was wondering if there ...
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iPad app architecture with very large files

I am working on an iPad app. It needs to contain some very large files. I could put them into the app, but they would push it well over 20MB, which means that it would not be downloadable over the ...
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Is it better to target iOS 5 and ARC or an earlier version with MRC?

I personally don't know much about iOS 5, but it seems like with automatic reference counting (ARC), you get rid of much of the memory management issues of the previous operating systems. So is it ...
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Will apple approve app which internally uses library developed by Google?

I am using GDataXML library developed by Google as part of their Objective-C client library. As its Google’s XML processing library and I heard that Apple don't allow to use any third party libraries ...
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What are some feasible ideas for building a smart-device/console development portfolio? [closed]

I would like to start getting more contracts in the mobile, smart-device, and console development space and, having little prior work experience in the field, I need to build a portfolio of example ...
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NSNotificationCenter vs. Protocol

I am using MPMoviePlayerController in a project. The loadState of the MPMoviePlayerController object is observed using NSNotificationCenter. Why did Apple choose NSNotificationCenter in this ...
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Saving Passwords To The Local Device

So In my app (iOS), you have to register in order to use the service (a food service). But in order to change details about your account (username, password, and email), you have to reenter your ...
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The perfect crossfade

I find it hard to describe this problem in words, which is why I made a video (45 seconds) to illustrate it. Here's a preview of the questions, please have a look at it on Vimeo: ...
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How to utilize Xcode project & target to manage products?

At first, hopefully following terms project and product won't be confused. Traditionally, we used to have a code base, which usually was a main project. For our products, we created one project for ...
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iOS: Versioned static frameworks vs Git Submodules and included code

For the last couple of years I've been building static frameworks of common APIs for my iOS projects. I can build a universal binary containing all the architectures (i386, armv6, armv7) and wrap it ...
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Best way to update UI when dealing with data synchronization

I'm working on a bug at work. The app is written in Objective-C for iOS based device, for the iPad. I'm the new guy there and I've been given a hard task. Sometimes, the UIButton text property does ...
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Allow app analytics opt-out?

Given that mobile app analytics reporting can cost a customer data traffic that, unlike a web app, use of the mobile app may otherwise not require, should a mobile app provide a user accessible ...
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WWDC 2012 announced features on iOS 5?

I am relatively new to iOS development, so after watching a bunch of WWDC videos announcing new awesome features for the iPhone SDK, I still got a few questions regarding their support for older ...
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How can test users access an unpublished iOS app?

I am considering outsourcing the development of an iOS app to various independent developers. I will have have various testers of the app. We all work for separate companies. Some of these testers ...
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SQLite resources or any other storage concept for mobile applications?

I would like to know what storage concepts are used for mobile or handheld devices, where an app is operated on?. AFAIK one of them is SQlite. Can anyone shed a light on this concept? perhaps links ...
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Why did visual programming never take off and what future paradigms might change that? [closed]

As the number of "visual" OS's such as Android, iOS and the promised Windows 8 are becoming more popular, it does not seem to me that we programmers have new ways to code using these new technologies, ...