Getting started with iOS Programming

So you want to create apps for iPhone and iPad ? Creating an app is fun and challenge experience in your life. Let’s dive into iOS Programming...

1.What is iOS ?

iOS is a mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc. It is released in 2007 and the iOS devices are iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

Versions of iOS

  • iPhone OS
  •  iPhone OS 2
  •  iPhone OS 3
  •  iOS 4
  •  iOS 5
  •  iOS 6
  •  iOS 7
  •  iOS 8
  •  iOS 9
  •  iOS 10
iOS SDK  is a software development kit and it allows the developers to write applications for iphone,ipad and ipod touch. It contains the Xcode IDE, Simulator, frameworks, tools, compilers and some samples etc.

2. Buy a Mac

The basic requirement for creating iOS app is to have a Mac. If you’ve low budget then go with Mac mini. Basic model of Mac mini comes with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory and a 500GB of hard drive. This model is more than enough to run Xcode.

3. Install Xcode

Xcode is an integrated development environment (IDE) provided by Apple. Xcode allows you to develop apps for every apple devices. It bundles with latest iOS SDK(Software Development Kit), source code editor, debugging tools, interface builder etc
To download and install Xcode, you must have an Apple ID. So if you didn’t have an Apple ID ? Just click here. After creating apple id you can easily download the Xcode,also access SDK Documentation and more.Now its time launch the Mac App Store on your Mac. Then search “Xcode” and click the”Get” button to download it. The latest version of Xcode is 8.1  (at the time of writing this article and its stable version). Once you installed, you will find the Xcode icon in Launchpad.

4.You Need To Learn

In order to develop an iOS apps, you need to master some basic things before moving on. Learn Swift, its the programming language for creating iOS apps and developed by Apple Inc. Syntax of the swift programming language is very simple and clear to understand. Then you need to play around with Xcode to write your apps and there’s a lot of things you need to know for writing iOS apps but these are the basic things. That’s all.
Happy Coding!!  See you in the next tutorial.

Vinoth Vino