Figure out iOS Device Orientation Manually with Swift

I had the problem that I coded an app that records video in landscape. Although only landscape orientation is allowed in the app, users would frequently hold the device in portrait mode and produce shitty videos. Therefore, I decided to show a note to the user demanding to hold the device horizontally when holding it […]

Use Crashlytics with Carthage

Usually, developers integrate Crashlytics into their apps in order to track crashes of their apps. Regarding the integration, Crashlytics (or the company Fabric which stands behind Crashlytics) recommends using the dependency manager Cocoa Pods. The approach how to integrate Crashlytics into Cocoa Pods is described here in great detail. Due to a row of shortcomings […]

How to Make Sure That You Are Using an Enterprise Account for IPA Provisioning

In my post describing how to »Provision iOS IPA App for In-House Enterprise Distribution« I described the pitfalls when trying (and hopefully succeeding) to make an In-House Provisioning of your iOS app. Although I mention repeatedly that you need to be sure that you use an Apple Enterprise Provisioning Account, I experienced multiple times that […]

Swift Extension for Location Authorization Requests in iOS

A while back I wrote an Objective-C category that helps you managing location authorization requests. As I needed the same functionality in a Swift-based project, I did the effort to transfer the code into Swift. You can download the Swift location authorization extension here.

Cocoapods Swift does not work with use_frameworks! Fix

I have a mixed Objective-C/Swift project and activated use_frameworks! in my podfile because I wanted to use a Swift-based pod. In order to enable the usage of the Objective-C-based pods in your Swift code, I thought it would be necessary to stick to the common approach of including the pods’ header files into a bridging […]

A Simple Approach to App Localization using Xcode, XLIFF and Objective-C

When it comes to localizing applications for iOS or Mac OS, things get pretty quickly messed up and cumbersome. The tool support by Apple is – friendly spoking – lacking consistency. Especially if you are updating your code and want to update the localization, things get hairy. I do not want to go into detail […]

How to Prevent Dismissing Containing View Controller when Performing a Double-Tap on a UIPopoverController’s Background under iOS8 in Objective-C

When opening up a popover from a modal view (or another popover) on an iPad running iOS 8 and double-tapping on the background of the popover, not only the popover will be dismissed but also the modal view. This behavior was non-existant in iOS 7 and seems to be a bug in iOS 8.

Category for Setting Maximum Length of Text in UITextFields on iOS using Objective-C

Unfortunately, there is no property for UITextField that allows controlling the maximum length of text entered into it. Instead, this behavior can, for instance, be achieved by using an appropriate delegate method of the UITextFieldDelegate.

Objective-C Category for Location Authorization Request for iOS8 with Xcode 5 Support [Update]

<update date=″17.9.15″> Fixed a bug when checking ‘authorization always’. Added a Swift extension that does the same. </update> When you use the location of the user in your app and want also your iOS8 users to be able to enable using their location, you have to explicitly ask the user for it using this or […]

Provision iOS IPA App for In-House Enterprise Distribution

EDIT: Please make sure at first that you are using an enterprise account and not a normal account before following any guidelines! Provisioning an iOS app for in-house distributione is damn complicated. As my efforts to do so were eventually successful, I decided to prepare this comprehensive tutorial documenting my best practice approach for future […]