Introduction

Getting Started with iOS 6 is easier than ever. Long-time iOS programmers who started programming with iPhone OS all those years ago (in 2007) might scarcely recognize the tools at their disposal. Some people thought that programming iPhone—and later, iPad—was just too hard. And maybe it was, but the engineers at Apple were working feverishly to transfer major aspects of app development from external developers to in-house Apple engineers. The process accelerated with iOS 5 and, with iOS 6, newcomers to iOS development have a wealth of riches in the frameworks and tools at your command.

Who Should Read This Book?

This book is for people who want to learn about developing iOS apps. It provides a hands-on tutorial for you to develop your first app. Some people will use the book to launch themselves on a career as an app developer. For others, the book will serve to introduce the basics of iOS. This means that managers, clients, marketers, and others who need to work with iOS can get up to speed.

The assumption in this book is that you know a programming language and the basics of computer programming and software development. You don’t need an in-depth knowledge of a programming language, and, in some cases, that may actually be a disadvantage. It doesn’t particularly matter which programming language you’re familiar with, although if it is a modern object-oriented programming language such as C++, C#, Java Python, and Ruby, that’s great. If you are familiar with the ...

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