Chris Castiglione Teacher at One Month. Faculty at Columbia University where I teach Digital Literacy. I write about coding, the internet, and social impact.

What is iOS Development?

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Swift is the language used to make apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac OSX (desktop) apps.

Why Swift? Well, You don’t really have a choice. Apple decided that part for you. The rule is: if you want to make an iPhone app, and get it into the Apple Store, then you’re going to have to develop it using Apple’s Swift programming language.

Before you start learning Swift, ask yourself: do you really need your project to be an iPhone app? If not, a prototyping tool might be the quickest way for you to develop a Minimum Viable Product. My first choice for iPhone prototyping would be Keynotopia, but also there are some great questions to check out over at Quora.

What is iOS? How to Learn Get Started Today

  1. Read Swift vs. Objective-C
  2. Download Xcode from Apple’s App Store. Note: you’ll need an Apple computer to develop iOS apps. Windows won’t work.

Additional Resources to Learn Swift

  1. “The Swift Programming Language” (iBook): published by Apple
  2. Learn Swift and Build an iPhone App for Free
Chris Castiglione Teacher at One Month. Faculty at Columbia University where I teach Digital Literacy. I write about coding, the internet, and social impact.

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  2. An iOS engineer is in charge of creating applications for cell phones fueled by Apple’s iOS working framework. Preferably, a great iOS engineer is capable with one of the two programming dialects for this stage: Objective-C or Swift.

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  7. The iOS Developer Program is Apple’s fee-based subscription that allows members to publish apps for devices based on the company’s mobile operating system to the app store. iOS-based devices include the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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  9. iOS (formerly iPhone OS) is a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for its hardware. It is the operating system that presently powers many of the company’s mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

  10. An iOS developer is responsible for developing applications for mobile devices powered by Apple’s iOS operating system. Ideally, a good iOS developer is proficient with one of the two programming languages for this platform: Objective-C or Swift.

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