Mobile Developer News Roundup: iOS Simulator Tips and Tricks, iOS SDK for Web Designers and Who Uses Mobile Devices and QR Codes

iOS Simulator Tips and Tricks

If you build iOS apps, you spend a fair bit of time in the simulator. Here’s a set of tips to get the most out of it:

  1. Use custom coordinates to simulate being in a specific location or in a moving vehicle.
  2. Slow down animations so that you can polish them.
  3. Apply colours to views to it’s easier to check your layouts.
  4. Simulate hardware and software events, including simulating a hardware keyboard and the “TV Out” option.
  5. Add photos to the simulator.

A Guide to the iOS SDK for Web Designers

If you’re a designer and not a developer, building iOS UIs with Xcode can seem pretty daunting. The Smashing Magazine article, A Guide to the iOS SDK for Web Designers, is a designer-focused overview of Xcode, covering the preparation of graphics for Xcode, importing them into Xcode, building user interfaces and evening doing a little coding.

The Pew Research Center’s Survey of Smartphone and Tablet Users

A Pew Research Center survey of about 10,000 adults conducted online from June to August 2012, reports that:

  • 22% of U.S. adults own a tablet, double that from the previous year
  • 44% of U.S. adults have smartphones, up from 35% in May 2011
  • 52% of tablet owners said they own an iPad, down from 81% a year ago
  • 48% of tablet owners said they own an Android device; half of them were Kindle Fires

Pictures of People Scanning QR Codes

And finally, an amusing little Tumblr showing how people use them (at least in North America, anyway): Pictures of People Scanning QR Codes.

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