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

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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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Is it safe to trust emulators when developing multi platform/resolution mobile apps?

I'm currently developing some mobile applications using PhoneGap for Android, testing only in 3 different kinds of smartphones, and using emulators to test on the others target phone resolutions. ...
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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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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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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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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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Where does Objective-C come from? C++ or C?

I am very confused about this programming language, Objective-C, which I heard is used to develop iOS applications. I know that it uses the principles of OOP. Would it be easier to learn if I already ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 this:...
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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 ...