Almost 3 Years Ago
Just when I thought I had a somewhat decent grasp on developing and deploying iOS apps Apple came out with the iPad and threw a whole new element in the mix when it comes to developing.
It was almost three years ago that I published the first blog about my Universal App Template. I was inspired by, at the time, a little tutorial by a guy you might have heard of…Ray Wenderlich). His tutorial really helped me with a project I was working on and get through stumbling blocks. I wanted to provide a set of examples that any iOS developer could refer to that was straightforward and get up and running with creating a universal app in as short of time as possible.
Over the following months I added additional features such as iAd support, tabbar controller and iAd with tabbar support. Since then it is still the most visited article and starred/forked repo that I have.
Over the years that followed I got busy and wasn’t able to keep up with the iOS updates, new features requested or bugs. The project was quickly becoming outdated.
I’m happy to say that I’ve carved out sometime to update this project. The plan is to start with the master branch, which is the most basic example, and update it from the ground up. I’ll then move on to the “feature” branches. I’m dropping support for iOS 3.2, 4.x and 5.x. Due to the fact that the iOS upgrades happen so rapidly, thanks to OTA, and iOS 7 is being released in less than a month, this is the perfect time to hit the reset button. The project, as well as, feature branches, will support ARC. I’ve also spent some time cleaning up the code base and removed a lot of duplicated code.
If you still need access to the “old version” I’ve tagged it.
No developer is perfect and I’m sure there are tons of things to improve so please drop me a line or file a bug and I’ll fix it ASAP.