Questions tagged [ios]

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

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How narrow should my unit tests be?

Here's an example: I have a chat module in my app, and there's a ChatService class that is responsible for networking, and there's a ChatNotificationService helper class that is responsible for ...
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How do I create my own Objective-C to Swift converter? [closed]

I'm really interested in writing my own converter. I know C++/Python/Objective-C/Swift and a little Haskell. There are website like objectivec2swift and iswift.org, which can convert OC to Swift ...
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Could this class be considered as a Factory class? [closed]

I've recently worked on a reusable network service class for a service-aggregator iOS app. This class should retry a failed request if it was caused by expired user token. Plus, this class will be ...
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Incorporating GPL content in a commercial application on iOS

Let me start by saying I do generally understand copyleft GPL, but I'm having some trouble with this particular scenario. It's quite complicated to communicate but I'll try my best. First I'm ...
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Did Apple violate OCP back when they released iOS 7

If I remember correctly, back when iOS 7 was released, there were a couple of issues regarding the public API of certain classes which implementation was completely changed. The following is an ...
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Where to do post-processing of API call when used in MobileApp

Let's say I want to write an (iPhone) app, which tells you if you are in manhattan or not. This query involves additional computation after a google map API call (and is of course just an example). ...
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Who is responsible for setting color in MVVM?

I have an iOS app where after exceeding a certain limit, part of the user interface changes a color to alert the user. I'm using MVVM to accomplish this and division of labor looks like this: Model - ...
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iOS Core data & NSUserDefaults

I am creating an App where users can search items from an external API. If the users likes an item they can store them into their personal "favourites item list". My question is, is it a good ...
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iOS Best practice for handling model objects

There are different levels I'm asking this question at. Case 1: Let's think about the typical drill-down design. Say a table view controller has an array of custom objects, and tapping a cell will ...
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Does javascript continue to run in an inactive browser tab on most mobile platforms? [closed]

If I design a javascript system that shares a websocket with cross window messaging pumps and local storage, what will happen if the browser tab the websocket is running on is in the background on an ...
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Can I use GitHub as my mobile app's data store? [closed]

Given a relatively simple mobile app that consumes semi-static (infrequently updated by hand) data, is it a good idea to simply store said data in a public GitHub repo, in form of a structured ...
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Rest APIs - mobile specific challenges

I'm working on a new iOS app project, on the mobile side. Some architecture changes are happening and it turns out we will have to rely on a custom built private API that will be used by the app we ...
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What is a good way to organize service layer classes?

I had a Service layer in my app and, for a while, there's just one class for API calls Current Scenario MyAPI Class authenticateApp() authenticateUser() Looking in the future, that class will be ...
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Global counter using iOS and Parse? [closed]

I'm very new to Parse and trying to set up what is basically a voting app where I can collect data on how many times all users have pressed a button. I found some information on Atomic Increment ...
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Design for local text storage (70 000 words) in iOS

I would like to code an interactive story app for iOS devices. There will be a large amount of words locally stored.(70 000, 35 000 for each language as the text will be available in two languages). ...
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How to create calendar events in android (that will work with iPhone later too)

I'm developing an Android app right now with a cloud back-end using Google App Engine + Cloud Endpoints (a RESTFUL service). Eventually, I will find an iPhone developer to make my app for iPhone too,...
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Is Apple sample code the “correct” way to go?

I'm in a place were I know how to build apps and have submitted at least 5 for different clients to the app store and wanted to step up my game. So of course I went to Apple resources and analyse the ...
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Testable design in Swift

I've been searching for so long about how to design testable classes in Swift but every information site just describe basic stuff like how to test, how to assert, why is testing good... My current ...
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Api for CMS And Mobile applications either separate or same

I would like to ask an architect based question What is more secure and most standard way to follow.For let's say a mobile application, Should the Api for mobile interaction with server be ...
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Handling image and audio files in iOS

Currently I have an iOS app that downloads image and audio files from a server, but each view controller downloads its own set of image and audio files (This is because each view controller needs a ...
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iOS bluetooth development: mimicking the SPP profile

I need to interface a custom device with bluetooth 2.1 (it has the RN-42 chip), with an iPhone and iPad. The device uses the Bluetooth SPP profile. From my research it appears that iOS supports ...
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Example of writing unit test for a method

I am writing unit tests for an iOS application. I clearly understand the benefits of writing unit tests & TDD, but I am confused about what kind of tests you can write for methods like this; -(...
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Best architecure approach to develop iOS app

I'm trying to create a calendar app similar to this design: Calendar Design I'm currently using this calendar framework: CVCalendar and it's working great, but my question is, what do you think is ...
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Upload files from mobile device to Amazon S3 architecture

I have an iOS app that communicates to a REST API I developed. I am using Amazon S3 for storage of image and audio files. Right now I am able to upload/download the files directly from the mobile app (...
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What to test for in a simple form where the value of one input field dictates other fields?

Note:- I have added android and iOS tags to this question but it is not necessarily restricted to those platforms. Consider a simple registration form where the the value of one field dictates what ...
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Is there a detriment to using SQLite over a pList for persistence?

I'm making a fairly simple application and I've got a settings menu that stores times and some boolean values. I have the application storing and retrieving data already but I started to wonder if ...
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Ideal way of updating app's views when data changes [closed]

Okay this is not platform specific question. But any answer related to iOS,Android or Windows Phone will help. So I am building a chat application (yes another one) but I am really confused about how ...
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Hybrid Apps and Storage - how does it work with Native apps and which to use?

I'm using Ionic at the moment. I believe, like many others, that hybrid apps will become more more common/important than they are now simply because the frameworks are getting better and better. ...
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Physics/Game Engine in C++ for mobile app [closed]

First post so be gentle. I am a junior seeking a Comp Sci major and was looking into making a mobile game. I wanted to use this for my thesis project next year, and possibly a way to pay back college ...
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What architecture/design to adopt when consuming a RESTful API? (iOS App)

TL;DR Part 1) I want to refactor the biggest part of the app on which I work - and it is pretty much spaghetti. It's a single class that makes the requests to the server, parses the JSON and saves ...
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Should I use enums or arrays for a dynamic data source?

I've inherited an iOS project that uses NS_Enum to store the number of rows and sections in a UITableView At the moment, the UITableView is static; no rows are being added to it. However, that is what ...
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Best Way To Store Images For Mobile Synchronization

The scenario is, I have a Web Dashboard (Developed using PHP + MySQL) and have Android and iOS Apps synchronizing data from the Web Dashboard (only one way i.e. Dashboard to Mobile Apps) Now the ...
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How do you write tests for methods that interact with data in system files?

I'm trying to be proactive about writing an iOS app in a test-driven manner. However, I'm stumped as to how to test a method that is to interact with real system files. For those familiar with iOS, I'...
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Would I rather use Core Data or save files to the system?

I'm developing an iOS app which basically fetches a JSON from a remote location, parses it and instantiates classes for a couple of its elements. For some visualization, this should give you a basic ...
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Is it ok for a for a View to dismiss itself?

Currently, I'm working on a project in which a view is dismissing itself. While talking to another programmer on the team for this project, he said that it's fine (in that it behaves correctly), but ...
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pixel perfect apps techniques [closed]

While doing your iOS app development, do you try to achieve pixel perfect similarity? Is your app identical to provided photoshop designs? If yes, what techniques are you using to speed this process ...
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Does key-value observing between model and view violate MVC?

In MVC the Controller is the go-between for the View and the Model. So the Controller should be the one that observes or receives changes from the Model and View and updates the other accordingly. I ...
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Ways to do callback, when and where

I've recently started to do some more complicated programming with network-related work on iOS with Swift. This introduced a lot of asynchronous code not only in networking but also some exchange of ...
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Workaround for unit testing Core Data in Swift

I am still pretty new to programming, but my first app was recently approved and is now for sale on the App Store. My app uses Core Data and is written in Swift. After some initial difficulties, I ...
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Massive View Controller - IOS - Solutions

I'm sure every new iOS developer has the following problem: The View Controllers get very fast crowded with code for various purposes, easily getting to 500 + lines of code. This is how it looks like ...
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More than 20 Records Inserted in a Span of 1 Sec

Well, this is not specific to any programming languages. I came across this situation in Android, iOS, PHP and .NET. The problem is many times I come across a situation while building IoT apps, where ...
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PHP MVC as backend for iOS app

So, essentially, the question is, to develop a PHP back-end to an iOS application, would you implement an MVC architecture on the PHP side? Or no, since the client side (iOS) already has an MVC ...
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Performance of Class methods vs singleton instance methods

In my app, I'm using both strategies: I have a Utils class, it only has class methods that I call for doing common global methods, like NSString validation, etc. I have an app-wide singleton class ...
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How to test android apps that depend on telecom provider connection?

I am planning to write an app that needs phone number and contact list. Is there any way that I can test my app without buying a telecom provider connection for my android phone. Without a sim the ...
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Usage of MVVM in iOS

I'm an iOS developer and I'm guilty of having Massive View Controllers in my projects so I've been searching for a better way to structure my projects and came across the MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) ...
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offline application development for mobile devices

I am looking to develop an application whereby field staff can complete forms in an offline capacity (when onsite I`m assuming no internet connection) on an Apple or Android device and post the ...
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Design for an application framework that will allow each implementation to customize parts of the UI

I am tasked with designing an application framework that will allow each implementation to customize parts of the user interface. One such example would be that the implementation (let's call it ...
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Naming convention for iOS/OSX open-source projects

Not always but most of the time, you will find iOS or Mac OS X open-source projects with names starting with the initial letters of the author first and last names. If a project were to be authored by ...
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Register user in mobile app without e-mail

We are currently developing an app for Android and iOS which requires the user to perform a registration. However we don't want the user to go through all this e-mail and password activation link ...
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Do iOS frameworks require the same internal versioning as OSX frameworks?

I have been reading through the apple documentation for creating frameworks for OSX and iOS. Reading about the structure of frameworks, I began to wonder if there is really any need to create the ...