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Best iPhone Development Books to read

By Johnson Lu on November 3, 2020

There is no denying that the iOS development industry is thriving and exciting. Whether you want to develop iPhone apps as a hobby or wish to achieve success within this enormous industry, it’s important to have the necessary knowledge to create an app. Here is a list of the top 6 iPhone development books that will teach you how to create an iOS app from scratch, so you can turn your idea into a working piece of software.

The iPhone app store is filled with some of the most innovative software you will ever find. It is a booming industry, and in many cases, it is led by people who self-taught iPhone app development by reading books. Whether you want to learn iPhone app development to embark on a new career or you just want to build apps as a hobby, there is no shortage of resources to help you learn the basics. If you are looking to get started on your way to becoming an iPhone app developer, the following app development books are some of the best to learn from.

UIKit Apprentice

This is a great place to start for people who are new to iOS app development. It has screenshots and illustrations to help you learn along the way and it teaches app development in a way that is easy to understand. The book is broken up into different learning sections and each section walks you through different concepts. It also takes the reader through the process of building different apps and it gets more advanced as you progress through the sections. By the time you are done reading this, you should have the skills to take a concept and develop it into a working app.

iOS 13 Programming for Beginners

Even with iOS 14 being released earlier this year, this book can be a good place for a lot of beginners to start. The publisher may also release an updated version for the new version of iOS. This book teaches you the basics of using the Swift programming language and Xcode 11. From there it moves on to teaching the process of building a successful app from prototyping to testing. This book is also great if you have the basics of iPhone app development but you want a guide to walk you through some practical examples of building an app and implementing different features.

Mastering Swift 5 (Fifth Edition)

This book will teach you everything you need to know about using the programming language for the latest versions of the iPhone and iPad. This book does start with the basics of the Swift programming language, but it can be a valuable resource for any person looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of Swift. The book explains concepts in a way that is clear and easy to understand and it also has practical examples to help the reader as they progress.

Data Structures & Algorithms in Swift (Third Edition)

You will definitely need to have a grasp on the fundamentals of iPhone app development before reading this book, but it can give you a deeper understanding of how the code works. If you are looking to go beyond the Swift Standard Library, this book can teach you what you need to know. Furthermore, this book is particularly useful because it looks at these subjects with Swift at the center of the discussion.

iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Seventh Edition)

You should have some of the fundamentals of Swift down before reading this book, but this can be one of the best resources for any person looking to learn iPhone app development. It is based on the materials used at the Big Nerd Ranch Bootcamp and it can take a person who is new to app development and provide them with the real practical knowledge they need to build an iPhone app. What makes this book particularly useful is that it takes more of a hands-on approach to learning app development instead of getting bogged down in theory.

iOS 14 Programming Fundamentals with Swift

This book will teach you the programming basics of iOS 14. The reader will learn about programming in the latest version of Swift, Xcode 12 and Cocoa Touch. This book can take you from the basics and gradually move you to more advanced concepts. It is written in a way that is easy to understand and it will teach you everything you need to know about getting started with iPhone app development. 

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