Introduction

iOS 6 Application Development For Dummies is a beginner’s guide to developing iOS applications. And not only do you not need any iOS development experience to get started, but you also don’t need any Macintosh development experience, either. We’ve written this book as though you are coming to iPhone and iPad application development as a blank slate, ready to be filled with useful information and new ways to do things. Well, almost a blank slate, anyway; see the upcoming “Foolish Assumptions” section for details on what you need to know before using this book.

Because of the nature of the iPhone and iPad, you can create small, bite-sized applications that can be quite powerful. Also, because you can start small and create real applications that do something important for a user, it’s relatively easy to transform yourself from an “I know nothing” person into a developer who, though not (yet) a superstar, can still crank out quite a respectable application.

But the iPhone and iPad can be home to some pretty fancy software as well — so we’ll take you on a journey through building an industrial-strength application and show you the ropes for developing one on your own.

A Bit of History

It’s 6:00 a.m. PST on January 9, 2007. One of us (Dave) is walking through a cold mist to join the end of a distressingly long line of nerds wrapped all the way around San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Why? To hear Steve Jobs give his MacWorld Expo keynote address. It was nuts to get up so ...

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