So You Want To Code iOS?

I thought it might be useful to share some opinions on resources for new and experienced iOS developers. While there are dozens of books and other resources available, I’ve found 3 that I use regularly.

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Why Drop The Headphone Jack?

The current buzz in the industry is about the 3.5mm headphone going away on the rumoured iPhone 7. Motorola already dropped it on the Moto Z, and noise is being made that others, not just Apple, may follow suit. Arguments are being made in favour and against the move. Some of the arguments, either way, are either wrong or silly.

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Thoughts on WWDC 2016 Keynote

So, we had the keynote for WWDC 2016 (which I watched from home, having not won the lottery to go this year). Overall, it was somewhat “meh”. No hardware, just software. The presentation lacked Apple’s usual polish, and it stumbled a few times. The final part was possibly the most interesting.

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Will OS X Become macOS?

There have been rumours that OS X, the operating system for the Macintosh, will be renamed “macOS”.  I certainly hope so. Frankly, I think Apple pushing the whole “OS X” thing was baffling and an exercise in futility. I may not be a marketing person, but when the product’s name is confusing, that is a bad thing.

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Farewell To Nokia

Well, Nokia as we knew it is no longer. After selling off the feature phone part of the business, Microsoft is shutting what remains down. It is a sad demise after having once been the biggest mobile phone provider in the world, and one of the first to sell what we would recognize as a “smartphone”. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the missteps along the way.

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My Newest App Now Available

My latest app is now on the iTunes App Store. The app, 2Calc, is a two’s complement calculator, so it isn’t exactly a mainstream thing. However, its release is part of a “clean up” I did with my apps. It was also a chance for me to try building an app in Swift.

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Large Images Crash iOS

While I’ve reported the bug to Apple, I thought I would pass along a problem I found in iOS. I have only tested this in iOS 9.3.1. Basically, using a large PNG image in a UIImageView can cause iOS to crash on some devices. It works fine in the simulator. I have created a simple iOS app in Objective-C to demonstrate the bug.

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