There have been countless articles, blog posts and analyst reports on the extent of Apple’s involvement in wearable tech ever since Tim Cook discussed his views on the subject earlier this year at AllThingsD. Samsung designed, developed and shipped Galaxy Gear seemingly in the rush to get to market with something before Apple. At the time of writing, Galaxy Gear is being given away free with new contracts only two months after launch. Clearly, if Apple were to launch a watch-type device, it will be markedly different to Samsung’s offering.
While learning the ropes with Ruby on Rails on OS X, I found myself automating the creation of VMs for development of multiple projects to keep things clean.
RestKit is an Objective-C library to use in conjunction with a RESTful web service. Last summer, Ray Wenderlich published an excellent tutorial on RestKit v0.10.x by Scott McAlister. Since then, Blake Watters, the RestKit team and contributors have made significant improvements on the networking code and object mapping. This tutorial will demonstrate how to create a basic iOS application using RestKit v0.20.0 and Parse.
This hugely successful application utilises many features of iOS to make bird recognition and recording more accessible. Featuring a unique identification system based on Core Data, sighting information recorded using CoreLocation, RSS feeds, maps, web-service integration and audio playback, Twitcher is one of the most technically advanced apps in the field.