Weekly Roundup: Tim Cook, TestFlight, and Toast

Thankfully, with the release of Mac OS X 10.9.2, last week's SSL crisis is over, and we can get back to wringing our hands about the impending death of TestFlight. The good folks at Apptentive have a pretty comprehensive list of replacement services that you might want to check out. Of late, I have been using HockeyApp, which I generally like.

Meanwhile, Apple released a new document describing iOS and device security, including some interesting information on the iPhone 5s' secure enclave and Touch ID systems. Also, I have no idea if this page is new or just happened to be linked to this week, but I ran across Apple's developer user experience design page, which includes a number of great resources on how to create beautiful, well-designed iOS apps. Gruber posted a related article last Tuesday that highlights some aspects of Steve Jobs' thought process on such matters, which I think is also worth a read.

Finally, perhaps in anticipation of Apple's shareholder meeting, an interesting background piece on Tim Cook was published on al.com, and the New York Times wrote about predicting some aspects of Apple's future plans by examining their acquisitions.

Until next time,
Aaron


Control of the Week

CRToast

CRToast

A modern iOS toast view that can fit your notification needs

MIT licensed.

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SSSearchBar

SSSearchBar

A clean, easy to use, awesome replacement for UISearchBar.

MIT licensed.

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TYMActivityIndicatorView

TYMActivityIndicatorView

A simple activity indicator view. It uses Core Animation to handle all the animation related stuff. You are able to customize it with images.

MIT licensed.

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AMMessageComposer

AMMessageComposer

Message Composer

MIT licensed.

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CRProductTour

CRProductTour

This popup control is a user help system for iOS. Show bubbles next to buttons or other views to introduce the user to different features of the app.

Apache 2.0 licensed.

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JMTimerBeam

JMTimerBeam

JMTimerBeam enables you to show a decent beam on your OSX screen for visualising a timing event. The beam will be attached to the top, right, bottom or left side of your screen and decreases steadily depending on the amount of time already elapsed.

MIT licensed.

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JKKeyboard

JKKeyboard

JKKeyboard keeps track of the keyboard frame, and lets you manage your scroll view insets along with custom views' frames the easy way, handling animations completely transparently for you. It will also help you scrolling down your scroll views with the keyboard when appropriate.

MIT licensed.

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TLMotionEffect

TLMotionEffect

This category adds a motion effect to your UIView. This is a similar effect can be seen in the background of the Home Screen on iOS 7.

MIT licensed.

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TYMProgressBarView

TYMProgressBarView

Progress bar similar to the one on iOS's launching screen. Easy to customize.

MIT licensed.

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NALLabelsMatrix

NALLabelsMatrix

iOS view allowing creation of grid like label structures. Quite useful for showing data columns inside table views.

MIT licensed.

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SFCountdownView

SFCountdownView

Provides a customizable countdown overlay view

MIT licensed.

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PHAirViewController

PHAirViewController

AirBnb app-like menu.

License unspecified.

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ICSStyleManager

ICSStyleManager

ICSStyleManager is a lightweight iOS library that lets you handily separate your app's font, color and other UI-related values into style sheet files that are both easy to read and straightforward to write.

MIT licensed.

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ICSDrawerController

ICSDrawerController

ICSDrawerController is a left-side drawer controller for iPhone (iOS 7 or later) with all the features you'd expect, plus it's small, easy to read and tailor to your needs.

MIT licensed.

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SWParallaxScrollView

SWParallaxScrollView

A UIScrollView subclass that supports multiple layers with parallax scrolling. Layers can either scroll slower or faster than the default scroll view. Layers with a negative value scroll slower while layers with a positive number scroll faster. Layer 0 has no speed adjustments.

MIT licensed.

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