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

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Connecting mobile apps to a web service; What is it called and where do I start?

I have some basic knowledge of iOS development and I want to now start connecting my apps to databases hosted on the internet, so that users will have access to remote / public data that pertains to ...
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Best practices for upgrading user data when updating versions of software

In my code I check the current version of the software on launch and compare it to the version stored in the user's data file(s). If the version is newer, then I call different methods to update the ...
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Safe iPhone app ↔ server communication

What would be the best approach to achieving private communication between my iOS app and its server component? Is having a single unchanging “secret key” baked into the app source enough, or do I ...
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Can writing mobile apps be a full time job? [closed]

As an aspiring android developer, reading this today gave me a distinct feeling of a rug being pulled under my feet. While the research discussed, is about the Apple apps store, I believe it safe ...
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iphone app- is it possible to invoke a local app after user visits a website or a web app

I have a scenario where a local app is used to take snaps using the iphone camera and the local app can send the photo to a web server... Now when the user visits a website or another web app using ...
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Building iOS Applications using MonoTouch

I am planning to learn objective-c to be able to build iOS Applications I have seen some guys using Monotouch sdk, I am really confused where to start from. I have a solid experience in Developing ...
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question related to iPhone programming certification [closed]

Dear All, I am working for iOS application developement. Now am considering to go for certification in iOS application development. I am thinking about expertrating.com. Please guide me ...
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planning the same app for both OSX and iOS

I would like to ask which is the best strategy for creating an application that will be developed both on Mac and iPad, so to make minumum effort to port it from one platform to the other, starting ...
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How to set up a multi-developer iOS environment?

Let me explain my need: I'm having a networked environment with 3 computers connected to a server which will be running full-time. The server also runs a FTP server. I would like to create an ...
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Using an AGPL 3.0-licensed library for extra functionality in an iOS app

I am building an iOS application, and I am planning to incorporate an AGPL 3.0-licensed library to it to provide some extra (non-essential) functionality. I’ve got a couple of questions regarding ...
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iOS build machine setup: problem with certificates

some background: work with multiple team mates each work on our own MBP I'm setting a build machine that we can git push to in order to generate a build (aim to allow anyone to push to the build ...
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Going further with C for iOS development

I am an experienced iOS developer amongst other things. I have a good mastery of Objective-C and Apple's frameworks in the language. But when it comes to the C-based frameworks I often hit a ceiling ...
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The reason to make some code open source

I have a library that makes architecture to load data from server and display all controls in table layout. It works great but it have a lot of TODOs there. Also, this library in 99% created by me. I ...
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iOS version/device statistics - where can I find? [duplicate]

Since I am developing iOS apps I'm trying to find stats on how many iOS devices there are out there. Preferably broken down into versions: Iphone 3G, Iphone 3Gs, Iphone 4 etc. Also I'd like to know ...
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Permission to reuse iOS sample code in commercial app? [closed]

Do we have permission to re-use iOS sample code from the apple developer website in a commercial app? Are we allowed to use it with modifications? Not sure of how to interpret all the legalese on the ...
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Does learning to develop for iOS create a lock-in? [closed]

If I begin my career (first job) with developing on the iOS platform, does that lock me in into iOS and Mac OS X development only? By locking me in I mean will that create barriers for me to switch ...
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How can I make the transition from being a beginner to an Intermediate/advanced level iPhone developer?

I've been programming for the iPhone for quite some time now. I have read books like Beginning iPhone 4 Development by Jeff LaMarche and Programming in Objective C by Stephen Kochan. Right now I am ...
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Should I require users to register to use my app?

So I'm very close to releasing an app I've been working on, and the server I integrate with allows me to register users. So I was wondering if I should require users to register with the app before ...
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Would knowing Python help with creating iPhone applications?

Here is what the apple site says: With Snow Leopard, Mac OS X makes it easy to use scripting languages as full application development tools. Snow Leopard ships with support for the ...
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How to connect iPad app to an app I have running in Windows

I recently picked up a macbook and want to start doing some apps for my ipad. I have a chat client written in c# that interfaces a game I play. What I would like to do is write an app for the ipad ...
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Developers inheriting code. What to ask the old developer to better help the new developer?

I know nothing about code. We've had our old iOS developer drop out and we're looking for a new developer or a team to pick up where he has left off. I'm aware there can be issues with developers ...
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How can I register in the iOS developer program as a minor?

Recently, I started learning about iOS application development, and while the simulator is fine for starting out, I've gotten to the point that I really should be testing the Apps I write on an actual ...
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Logistics of becoming a iOS development Firm

We've had a lot of success in our company with the iOS apps that we have made that we are now looking at branching out and offering our services to people who want iPhone/iPad applications made for ...
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Where should I store my Image files for an app

So In my app, I have a bunch of images. And in order to keep the app size down, I could store those images on my serve, and just download and cache them as needed. But my question is, will that hurt ...
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What critical iPhone programming (methods/skills/languages/etc) would you teach to new teenage programmers? [closed]

Alaskan high schools are looking to teach iPhone programming skills to their students. Where would you start? More specifically: What languages would you teach, first, second, third? Would you ...
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iOS Server: HTTP/Apache Drawbacks?

I'm looking to create a client/server application for iOS devices, where client is the iPhone/iPad and server is hosted either at home (Macbook w/ Apache) or online. I've seen many methods suggested ...
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Do Universal iOS Apps have more “issues” when new versions of iOS come out?

I was discussing developing an iOS App with a client and I mentioned that we should ideally have a Universal App that would perform as an iPhone App on an iPhone and as an iPad App on an iPad. The ...
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Is Big Nerd Ranch or AboutObjects iOS training worth it? [closed]

I have a CS undergrad degree and have been programming for several years with my current company, messed around with Objective-C by making a few console apps and a few simple apps that I ran in the ...
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Making an HTML5 application for both Android and iOS

I was checking out a video tutorial on HTML5 using Dreamweaver to do Android and iOS apps (using Phonegap) and it clearly mentioned that you need a Mac to debug and simulate for iPhone, iPod, etc. Is ...
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Mobile Apps developement for Web Developer [closed]

I have been working in asp.net from past 5 years. I have so far liked it. But I am seeing a new boom in the market. And its not all about money. People are going towards iphone developement and ...
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How to write a good app store description? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to improve the quality of app descriptions I've just finished writing an iPhone app, and I've completed everything on my app store submission checklist except the ...
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Is there a technical reason why you can't develop iOS apps on a Linux computer?

I understand why you can't develop OS X apps on a Linux computer, but is there a good technical reason why you can't develop iPhone and iPad apps on Linux? Why isn't it possible to compile iOS source ...
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Copyright Laws for Apps

For my app that I'm about to release, I have used a bunch of 3rd party classes found for free online. I checked all the liscenses before using the code and each one said I could use the code ...
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How long does it take for an Apple Developer Program application to be approved?

I just registered my company with the iOS developer program. How long does it take for the registration to be reviewed?
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When should I use static variables with primitive types?

Recently I came across the question NSString: Why use static over literal? and in the comments arrived a new question. In Objective-C there some "special" types that are just maps to C primitives. ...
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iOS Guidelines for Free vs. Paid apps

A few months back, I was doing some recreational reading at the iOS Dev Center, and I came across a small list of guidelines for free vs. paid apps. It included guidance along these lines: How not ...
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How much C/C++ knowledge is needed for Objective-C/iPhone development?

First, a little background. I'm a .Net developer (C#) and have over 5 years experience in both web development and desktop applications. I've been wanting to look into iPhone development for some time ...
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Does HTML5 have a feature that enables a user to add an icon to the Apps screen when “installing”, and if not, when are they planning to add it?

I know that the mobile bookmark bubble might sort of work for iOS, but it isn't going in the same section. And for Android, bookmarking is really not going to cut it for a mobile HTML5 application ...
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Is it unethical to track app usage through REST API calls?

I am building an app that communicates with my website with ASIHTTPRequest to a PHP-based REST API on the server side. Naturally, in my app I have different endpoints on the server side, and usually ...
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iOS Resources/Luminaries?

In the .NET world, I was able to find several industry figures or luminaries' blogs to read or to follow on twitter to learn about features and trends. Moving into the iOS realm, I'm kind of ...
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As an iOS developer, what type of technical interview questions should you be prepared with?

I just finished a technical interview yesterday and the interviewer asked about graph theory, data structure, and traversals. This has nothing to do with iOS stuff. So I came un-prepared. This was ...
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How can I manage my ViewControllers in my game?

I'm building a very simple iOS game that doesn't require any fancy OpenGL; I'd like to stick with Core Graphics & Core Animation. I'd like to make this a fullscreen game, and my question is of ...
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application architecture with one or more PDFs

I am writing an iPad application. The main view of the application will be a PDF. I have made considerable progress in parsing out the contents of the PDF. The application will also have at least ...
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What's the proper way to organize ViewControllers and XIB?

I am developing a very simple iPhone game with this view hierarchy: Main Menu View └> New Game View | └> Player vs Computer Game View | | └> Pause View | | └> End ...
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When to release a lite version of an iOS app?

I have created an iPhone application and I have submitted it to Apple and it is currently waiting for review and I have been debating with myself for the past half an hour if I should release a lite ...
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Books on custom iPhone interface development? [closed]

I have been looking around for a book on designing and developing custom interfaces for iOS but I don't seem to be able to find any books on this topic and I was wondering if anyone here knew of any ...
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App Store: Why did I get paid less than it says in iTunes Connect? [closed]

Ok so not really a programming question... but it is very relevant for any non-US Apple Devs. - Basically, iTunesConnect lists my last payment as $248 NZ (I live in NZ, I signed the basic US tax ...
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Risks in giving out distribution cert/private key/provisioning profile to freelancer

Are there any risks in giving out distribution certification/private key/provisioning profile to a freelancer? The freelancer needs to build the binary for me to submit (I am okay with this because I ...
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iPhone development options for the [from-my-cold-dead-hands] C developer

Please forgive the humor of the title but it certainly gets my point across. I am quite familiar with C code, I can write it in my sleep and after reading through a few tutorials on iPhone ...
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Besides the IDE, libraries, and language, what are the main differences between iOS and Android development?

I'm coming from the iOS side. I'm particularly interested in knowing if there are similar hurdles on the Android side on these points: developer fee -- do you have to pay $99 a year to build for ...