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How to Securely Provide Apple ID Password into Notarization Build Jobs

Including passwords into the source tree is a big security breach. Similarly including passwords into build jobs would be insecure. Learn how to securely provide Apple ID credentials into notarization jobs.

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How to Transfer Applications for App Store Small Business Program Members

The App Store Small Business Program offers lowered commission cost with one big caveat: no app transfer. But apps graduating from a “hobby” into a “small business” would definitely involve transferring ownership. Read how to transfer apps without engaging in the app transfer process and losing out on the program’s benefits.

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How to Detect Apple Silicon and Rosetta from within a Shell Script

Compiled code can conclude the instruction set through conditional compilation. But what about processor-independent scripts? Finding out the current native processor architecture and emulation status thereof would be very useful in build systems that doesn’t support cross-compilations. Find out how a shell script can find out whether it is running under Apple’s processor, Intel, or […]

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How to Pass App Store Review: Guideline 4.3 Spam

Publishing similar apps is considered spamming. Yet there are valid reasons to develop multiple apps from the same code base. Here is what you need to know to avoid being labeled as spammer by app reviewers.

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How to Combine Apps into a Single Container App

It would be a big blow when Apple rejects your suite of apps, call it “spam” and tell you to move into a container app. If this is happening to you, then this article would be a solution to your predicament.

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How to Compile OpenSSL 1.1.1 for Apple Silicon

The long-rumored ARM Mac is on the horizon. With this comes the big work of porting and re-compiling current applications. But many Mac App Store apps are dependent on OpenSSL, which doesn’t yet support ARM on the Mac. Here is how you can continue to test your mac app while waiting for official OpenSSL support […]

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How to Publish White-Label Apps in the App Store

Being a white-label app vendor in Apple’s store is not easy. App Review could label you as a spammer because of a number of similarly-looking template apps and jeopardize your entire developer account.

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How to Unit Test Network Code in Swift

Testing network I/O code without accessing the backend is not easy. Here is how you can mock the backend by injecting code into the URL Loading System

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How to Maintain Loading State in Cells

When a table view asks for a cell, often images in the cell isn’t yet available and needs to be fetched from a server – thus the cell gets a placeholder image. But static placeholders doesn’t look as good as animated ones. Unfortunately cell views gets scrolled off and re-used which makes managing animations challenging.

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Clean Architecture with VIPER Sample Project for UIKit

Architecting applications to meet today’s challenges and be ready for tomorrow’s problem is not an easy feat. The principles of clean architecture may be sound, but separating the signal from the noise is tough. Here is a sample VIPER project for iOS that you can tinker to learn about the principles of clean architecture.

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How to Implement VIPER Clean Architecture in an iOS App

Compartmentalizing functionalities within an app to improve its maintainability is difficult. More so when you’re not well versed with software architectures and other software engineering principles. What if you can confidently structure your app to be resilient and adaptive to change?

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How to Pass App Store Review: Guideline 4.2 Design – Minimum functionality

Delivering a “minimum viable product” won’t be viable if your app isn’t going to pass App Store Review. Is your app “good enough” for the App Store? Is it appropriate for the App Store and not better off in the web? Read on to ensure your app pass the gates of App Review.

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How to Provide Free Time-Limited Trials in the App Store

Providing “lite” version of apps had been the strategy to provide free trials since the dawn of the App Store. However these reduced-functionality apps fall short on demonstrating its full capabilities, which in itself be ineffective in enticing the user to buy. Fortunately that is no longer the only option available for App Store apps.

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How Newbies Should Start Learning iOS User Interface Programming

When you’re just starting out in iOS development, there are so many options in which to place a button. There’s storyboard, auto layout, and even SwiftUI — that’s just scratching the surface. How should someone new to programming the platform chart a learning path?

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