Are you looking for the best iOS development tools?
Fortunately, the digital world is full of tools and resources, so you can find one easily. However, things become easier if there is some analysis or review of those tools so that you can be sure of your choice.
I’ve got a list of indispensable tools that hold proven records of building fast, appealing, and profitable business applications. Having said that, let’s have a quick look on an increasing spread of iOS app development, in almost every business vertical.
At present, there are over 1.96 million apps available on Apple App Store, making it the 2nd largest app store. Source: Statista.com
Well, it is a huge figure to consider. Moreover, if we look at the popularity of iOS applications from 2012 to 2020, it has grown approximately by 12% with no signs of slowing down in the future.
Coming back to our topic, iOS app development tools are imperative if you wish to build a successful application that is efficient and accurate. Even if you’re a professional iOS app developer, considering different tools can streamline the whole development process.
iOS app development is a vast process. There are multiple phases and you require a certain set of tools in each phase. To put you at ease, I have divided the tools in some sections so that you can easily relate them.
Let’s dive right in.
Swift is a robust programming language for iOS devices. It is a multi-paradigm and general-purpose programming language, developed by Apple, Inc. Released in 2014, Swift is an open-source and intuitive language.
Just like Swift, Objective C is also a general-purpose programming language for iOS platforms. But it is a superset of C language that extends object-oriented capacities for app development. It is also multi-paradigm including class-based object-oriented and reflective structure.
In the past, Objective C was primarily used as a programming language for app development over iOS platform. Presently, both Swift and Objective C are treated equally by the developers. Moreover, there are multiple tutorials available over the internet to learn and understand these two languages.
IDEs or Integrated Development Environments
IDE stands for Integrated development environments that are important for impactful application development. In previous times, developers used to write their programs in text editors, which had certain drawbacks like fewer tags, styles, etc. On the contrary, IDE provides complete support to the plugins, languages, and app development timelines.
Below are two powerful IDEs for iOS app developer:
Xcode– Open source components.
Xcode is the original IDE for SWIFT, developed by Apple. The developers can find numerous useful software development tools for macOS, iPadOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Xcode is a wonderful iOS development tool, closely woven with the Cocoa Touch and Cocoa frameworks.
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It provides you an Assistant editor whenever you compose a new interface. The assistant editor will introduce you to the related source code available (in a split window). Simply move the cursor to connect and implement desired UI controls to your code. This IDE helps you in finding mistakes as you write your code, offering possible fixes.
Easy communication with Apple developer websites so the developers can integrate services like Passbook or Game Center in their iOS applications. With its latest release, Xcode 12, your app will be automatically updated when you open a project in Xcode.
Appcode– Swift code execution.
Free 30-day Trial!
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Another popular integrated development environment for iOS is Appcode. Developed for C, Swift, C++, Objective-C, Appcode leverages IntelliJ IDEA platform of JetBrains. This IDE was first launched in 2011.
Core Features of Appcode includes a smart development environment to save time; efficient project navigation; two kinds of code completion: basic & advanced; reliable, safe, and accurate refactoring to modify & improve app code.
OmniGraffle– All-purpose Design and Diagramming tool
Free 14-day trial. Standard OmniGraffle ($59.00) and Pro OmniGraffle ($119.99).
OmniGraffle is a product of Omnigroup. It aims to allow you to design precise and beautiful graphics for iOS applications. This design tool has all controls including alignment, sizing, and pixel-perfect spacing. In-app guides are also available for new users.
Image source: https://www.omnigroup.com/omnigraffle/ios/
Adobe XD– Design, Animate, Prototype.
Adobe XD is a product Adobe Systems, which provides you a range of tools for effortlessly designing apps, websites, and so much more. Readily available sketch wireframes and mockups in a real-time environment.
It is available for both Windows and macOS. Get access to 3D transforms, reusable components, hover and toggle, repeat grid, content-aware layout, import tools from photoshop, illustrator, and sketch, vector drawing tools, 1000s of Adobe fonts.
CocoaPods– Dependency manager for iOS Apps
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Currently used in 3 million+ apps, CocoaPods has approximately 78,000 libraries. Using CocoaPods allows developers to avoid code duplicacy. They can describe the code they’d like to pull in a Podfile, run pod install, and get the same versions as your whole team.
Moreover, the developers can make easy single dependencies via pod update FLKAutoLayout or by updating all the dependencies in a single pod update.
You can access code from every possible source including http, git, hg, svn, and bzr. To manage their own dependencies, the developers can utilize their own private code using a git repo. No need for a server.
SDWebImage– An async image downloader.
To avoid the repetitive call method for image download, SDWebImage is a useful tool. Unlike other iOS libraries, this library simply focuses on a single issue and streamline it from start to end. Along With image downloader, SDWebImage also facilitates cache support.
Image Source: https://github.com/SDWebImage/SDWebImage
Its core features include categories for UIButton, UIImageView, and MKAnnotationView, an async memory + disk image caching, GCD & ARC, image decompression, safeguard against bogus URLs and main thread blocking.
Freely available tool for macOS. Using iOS console, developers can view console logs straight from their systems. It enables you to fetch information logged from the connected iOS devices. Textual filtering is supported. Moreover, you can add a marker in the console log to easily find it for the next time.
RAYGUN- Build highly performant iOS software. Free 14 day trial!
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Raygun is a helpful tool for measuring the front-end UX of your iOS app. The developers can monitor server-side performance bottlenecks, can diagnose and resolve crash or error affecting the UX. For thorough error diagnostics, Raygun is an online service and SDK, which work alongside other tools with smart grouping.
Not only monitoring errors in UX but you can also fetch a detailed report on your dashboard. Perform user tracking to find out real-time errors occurring in live individual sessions.
Parse– Build iOS back-end faster
It is an open-source tool to build, host, and manage iOS applications. Hosted on AWS, Parse supports automated backups, queries optimizers, and auto-scaling. The developers need to write a few lines of code and the objects will be saved in clouds.
Opting for iOS development tools allow developers to cut time and effort significantly. Therefore, one should not refrain from using them. All the tools mentioned in this post are extremely useful in a real-time development environment.
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Pardip Bhatti is the founder and CEO of GPCODERS. He holds over ten years of proven experience in web and mobile app development services. In 2015, he founded GPCODERS intending to serve the clients with services, including mobile/web development and graphic designing. He is a technology geek who aspires to design and develop future business solutions with advanced technology. He follows a result-driven approach while implementing agile software solutions. When he is not coding, Pardip spends most of his time traveling, playing sports, and watching cricket matches.