With each new iOS version, there are significant amount of changes that are being brought to the table, but not only for the typical consumer, also for developers – who’re the ones building applications, and in fact the future of Apple as we know it.
Guess what, as an iOS developer in New York (or anywhere in the US), you can expect to earn a salary ranging from 100,000$ all the way up to 150,000$ when you become proficient and more experienced. Now, that’s definitely something I’d think twice about, considering that a book from which you can learn iOS app development is going to costly somewhere in the 30$ range.
In this post you’re going to learn about five of the most recognized and admired books that are currently available to the public, for learning iOS application development. I’ve made sure that all of them are beginner friendly, and will advance you to intermediate / advanced level with a couple of weeks. They’re also all fully updated for the new iOS 7.
Updated and expanded to cover iOS 7 and Xcode 5, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide leads you through the essential concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications.
It’s a top-quality book, with each of the chapters containing meaningful and useful information, nothing feels out of the ordinary and you’re hardly looking up on the web, for solutions to problems you couldn’t find solutions for inside of the book itself. Now, its important to note that there are only two chapters on Objective-C in this book, and so you might find it a little bit difficult at first, but nothing that practice wont be able to even out.
iOS 7 changed the way customers use their phones. Everything is now animated; things are subtly moving around, sometimes without the user noticing these shifts and turns and twists.
What’s important to note here that this is a cookbook, which in other words means that it will be looking mostly at new functionality that has been implemented in iOS 7, and so previous knowledge of Objective-C might be necessary in order to fully understand it. It should be however purchased for future reference, as the author of this book is a great developer himself.
In just 24 sessions of one hour each, learn how to build powerful applications for today’s hottest handheld devices: the iPhone and iPad! Each lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success!
It’s not a bad book at all, the fact of the matter is – its built to help you do everything step-by-step, nothing you couldn’t do yourself with other books. Its 900 pages, and inside of it there is everything you could possibly learn about iOS and its development. On-going book series that are worth having in the shelf.
If you’re grounded in the basics of Objective-C and Xcode, this practical guide takes you through the components you need for building your own iOS apps. With examples from real apps and programming situations, you’ll learn how to create views, manipulate view controllers, and use iOS frameworks for adding features such as audio and video.
This is a book to pick-up once you’re at intermediate level, as it will take you to advanced within a few chapters. It has been recognized as one of the best and simplest books on iOS 7 (or any other version) development there is. Has quite an edge, but some say its starting to lose it.
iOS 7 represents the most significant update to Apple’s mobile operating system since the first iPhone was released, and even the most seasoned app developers are looking for information on how to take advantage of the latest iOS 7 features in their app designs.
If none of the above books felt good enough, or practical enough – this one definitely will. Its aimed at those who’re complete strangers to iOS, and want to pick up the pace and their own rate. Its full of documentation and other practical things, will take at most 6 weeks to build a proper app from the ground-up.
Its a great thing to learn – programming. Its also one of the most awarded job industries in the world, and the pay itself is a huge attraction for those who’re still considering to begin their journey. I hope these books were of help to get you in the right direction.