Category Archives: iOS

iOS app submission and beta review process TIMES

  • UPDATE JULY 2019

TestFlight review times:

  • First upload build: takes 36h average.
  • Updates: take from 6h to 20h average for Build.

Weekends are off.

Submissions for mobile apps for iOS are subject to approval by Apple’s App Review team, as outlined in the SDK agreement, for basic reliability testing and other analysis, before being published on the App Store.

Applications may still be distributed ad hoc if they are rejected, by the author manually submitting a request to Apple to license the application to individual iPhones, although Apple may withdraw the ability for authors to do this at a later date.

An easy way to make MVC great again!

If you are a professional iOS or Android developer and you explicitly manifest your love for MVC as base architecture for your Apps, you are a leper and would be ostracized. 

Nowadays the MVC is frowned upon and not in the favor of altruistic developers.  

Viper, React, MVVM, those are good, MVC is bad and crappy… 

Truth or myth? 

Well, MVC is old indeed and certainty it got its flaws, most common of all, the feared “massive view controllers”. 

 But although the new aforementioned architectures bring to the table some solutions to MVC intrinsic issues, they do have some flaws as well, yeah “nobody is perfect”.

MVC is great, programmers are just too careless.

Continue reading An easy way to make MVC great again!

How to use Swift classes all across an Objective-C project

The most universal solution is to change SWIFT_OBJC_INTERFACE_HEADER_NAME (“Objective-C Generated Interface Header Name”) under Project’s, not Targets, Build Settings, to:

  • $(PROJECT_NAME)-Swift.h — one per project;
  • $(SWIFT_MODULE_NAME)-Swift.h — one per module (default value).

Then import the Project Header, example:

#import MyProjectName-Swift.h

Sending an HTTP POST request on iOS

The following code describes a simple example using POST method.(How one can pass data by POST method)

You can use the following code snippet, as described in this article:

Here, I describe how one can use of POST method.

1. Set post string with actual username and password.

NSString *post = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"Username=%@&Password=%@",@"username",@"password"]; 

2. Encode the post string using NSASCIIStringEncoding and also the post string you need to send in NSData format.

NSData *postData = [post dataUsingEncoding:NSASCIIStringEncoding allowLossyConversion:YES]; 

You need to send the actual length of your data. Calculate the length of the post string.

NSString *postLength = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%d",[postData length]]; 

3. Create a Urlrequest with all the properties like HTTP method, http header field with length of the post string. Create URLRequest object and initialize it.

NSMutableURLRequest *request = [[[NSMutableURLRequest alloc] init] autorelease]; 

Set the Url for which your going to send the data to that request.

[request setURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@""]]; 

Now, set HTTP method (POST or GET). Write this lines as it is in your code.

[request setHTTPMethod:@"POST"]; 

Set HTTP header field with length of the post data.

[request setValue:postLength forHTTPHeaderField:@"Content-Length"]; 

Also set the Encoded value for HTTP header Field.

[request setValue:@"application/x-www-form-urlencoded" forHTTPHeaderField:@"Content-Type"];

Set the HTTPBody of the urlrequest with postData.

[request setHTTPBody:postData];

4. Now, create URLConnection object. Initialize it with the URLRequest.

NSURLConnection *conn = [[NSURLConnection alloc] initWithRequest:request delegate:self]; 

It returns the initialized url connection and begins to load the data for the url request. You can check that whether you URL connection is done properly or not using just if/else statement as below.

if(conn) {
    NSLog(@"Connection Successful");
} else {
    NSLog(@"Connection could not be made");

5. To receive the data from the HTTP request , you can use the delegate methods provided by the URLConnection Class Reference. Delegate methods are as below.

// This method is used to receive the data which we get using post method.
- (void)connection:(NSURLConnection *)connection didReceiveData:(NSData*)data

// This method receives the error report in case of connection is not made to server. 
- (void)connection:(NSURLConnection *)connection didFailWithError:(NSError *)error 

// This method is used to process the data after connection has made successfully.
- (void)connectionDidFinishLoading:(NSURLConnection *)connection

Also Refer This and This documentation for POST method.

And here is best example with source code of HTTPPost Method.

iOS Singletons – Objective-C

A singleton is a special kind of class where only one instance of the class exists for the current process. (In the case of an iOS app, the one instance is shared across the entire app.) Some examples in UIKit are [UIApplication sharedApplication] (which returns the sole instance of the application itself), and [NSFileManager defaultManager] (which returns the file manager instance). Singletons can be an easy way to share data and common methods across your entire app.

Rather than create instances of the singleton class using alloc/init, you’ll call a class method that will return the singleton object. You can name the class method anything, but common practice is to call it sharedName or defaultName.



ios App installation over the air with http/S

Getting “Cannot install applications because the certificate is not valid” error on iOS?


With the launch of iOS 7.1, Apple requires the enterprise apps manifest file (.plist) to be served over HTTPS. Attempts to install through HTTP cause the above message.

A change was introduced to iOS as of iOS 7.1 that requires OTA application installation to take place over HTTPS (rather than HTTP), and no provision exists to allow the user to continue to accept the old behavior (i.e., to permit application installation over HTTP). It is my understanding that this was done as a security enhancement.


In order to do application installations on iOS 7.1 from Application Center, you would need to configure your Application Center to use HTTPS rather than HTTP, using a certificate that will be accepted as valid by your iOS device – that is, either issued by a recognized public CA, or issued by a private CA that you have set up your mobile devices to accept.

Factory Methods init-alloc, new

Objects Are Created Dynamically


Memory is allocated dynamically for an Objective-C object. The first step in creating an object is to make sure enough memory is allocated not only for the properties defined by an object’s class, but also the properties defined on each of the superclasses in its inheritance chain.

The NSObject root class provides a class method, alloc, which handles this process for you:

+ (id)alloc;

Notice that the return type of this method is id. This is a special keyword used in Objective-C to mean “some kind of object.” It is a pointer to an object, like (NSObject *), but is special in that it doesn’t use an asterisk.

The alloc method has one other important task, which is to clear out the memory allocated for the object’s properties by setting them to zero. This avoids the usual problem of memory containing garbage from whatever was stored before, but is not enough to initialize an object completely.

You need to combine a call to alloc with a call to init, another NSObject method:

- (id)init;

The init method is used by a class to make sure its properties have suitable initial values at creation, and is covered in more detail in the next chapter.

Note that init also returns an id.

If one method returns an object pointer, it’s possible to nest the call to that method as the receiver in a call to another method, thereby combining multiple message calls in one statement. The correct way to allocate and initialize an object is to nest the alloc call inside the call to init, like this:

    NSObject *newObject = [[NSObject alloc] init];

This example sets the newObject variable to point to a newly created NSObject instance.

The innermost call is carried out first, so the NSObject class is sent the alloc method, which returns a newly allocated NSObject instance. This returned object is then used as the receiver of the init message, which itself returns the object back to be assigned to the newObject pointer, as shown in Figure 2-5.

Figure 2-5  Nesting the alloc and init message

Initializer Methods Can Take Arguments

Some objects need to be initialized with required values. An NSNumber object, for example, must be created with the numeric value it needs to represent.

The NSNumber class defines several initializers, including:

- (id)initWithBool:(BOOL)value;
- (id)initWithFloat:(float)value;
- (id)initWithInt:(int)value;
- (id)initWithLong:(long)value;

Initialization methods with arguments are called in just the same way as plain init methods—an NSNumber object is allocated and initialized like this:

    NSNumber *magicNumber = [[NSNumber alloc] initWithInt:42];

Class Factory Methods Are an Alternative to Allocation and Initialization

As mentioned in the previous chapter, a class can also define factory methods. Factory methods offer an alternative to the traditional alloc] init]process, without the need to nest two methods.

The NSNumber class defines several class factory methods to match its initializers, including:

+ (NSNumber *)numberWithBool:(BOOL)value;
+ (NSNumber *)numberWithFloat:(float)value;
+ (NSNumber *)numberWithInt:(int)value;
+ (NSNumber *)numberWithLong:(long)value;

A factory method is used like this:

    NSNumber *magicNumber = [NSNumber numberWithInt:42];

This is effectively the same as the previous example using alloc] initWithInt:]. Class factory methods usually just call straight through to alloc and the relevant init method, and are provided for convenience.

Use new to Create an Object If No Arguments Are Needed for Initialization

It’s also possible to create an instance of a class using the new class method. This method is provided by NSObject and doesn’t need to be overridden in your own subclasses.

It’s effectively the same as calling alloc and init with no arguments:

    XYZObject *object = [XYZObject new];
    // is effectively the same as:
    XYZObject *object = [[XYZObject alloc] init];

Literals Offer a Concise Object-Creation Syntax

Some classes allow you to use a more concise, literal syntax to create instances.

You can create an NSString instance, for example, using a special literal notation, like this:

    NSString *someString = @"Hello, World!";

This is effectively the same as allocating and initializing an NSString or using one of its class factory methods:

    NSString *someString = [NSString stringWithCString:"Hello, World!"

The NSNumber class also allows a variety of literals:

    NSNumber *myBOOL = @YES;
    NSNumber *myFloat = @3.14f;
    NSNumber *myInt = @42;
    NSNumber *myLong = @42L;

Again, each of these examples is effectively the same as using the relevant initializer or a class factory method.

You can also create an NSNumber using a boxed expression, like this:

    NSNumber *myInt = @(84 / 2);

In this case, the expression is evaluated, and an NSNumber instance created with the result.

Objective-C also supports literals to create immutable NSArray and NSDictionary objects;