Getting started with iOS development (free PDF)

Provided by: TechRepublic
Topic: Developer
Format: PDF
Demand for iOS developers is on the rise, thanks to the estimated 1.3 billion active Apple devices running that OS. This ebook looks at the programming languages, skills, and resources that will help you launch a career in iOS development.

From the ebook:

As more companies adopt a mobile-first approach, iOS developers who build apps for Apple devices are in high demand, with talent shortages leading to large salaries for many of those in the field. Developers who know the necessary programming languages and have additional skills can create apps that enterprises and consumers use every day to make their lives more productive.

To help those interested in the field better understand how to break into a career in mobile development, we compiled the most important details and resources.

What does an iOS developer do?
An iOS developer builds, tests, and refines applications for mobile devices that use Apple’s iOS operating system that are consistent with the goals and standards of their company or client. They need to have a strong understanding of iOS and how it works with different Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV, and be able to adapt their applications to their firm’s or client’s requirements.

Why is there increased demand for iOS developers?
While Android holds more of a global market share, Apple now has 1.3 billion active devices—all of which run on iOS. Therefore, demand for iOS developers who can create apps for these devices that are sold in the Apple App Store has exploded in recent years. The App Store is predicted to reach 5 million apps by 2020, according to a Sensor Tower report.

Mobile developers are among the top 10 most in-demand and hardest to fill tech jobs, according to data from Indeed. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that application developer jobs will grow 31% between 2016 and 2026.

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