Introducing the iOS 5 Feast!

Ray Wenderlich

At long last, it’s the day we’ve been waiting for – the NDA for iOS 5 has now been lifted!

The iOS Tutorial Team has been preparing for months for this day, and we have tons of cool tutorials ready to get you guys up to speed with iOS 5 – plus some amazing announcements and giveaways!

In fact we have so much to tell you about we’re giving this event a special name – the iOS 5 Feast!

The iOS 5 Feast - tutorials, books, and giveaways all month!

The iOS Feast consists of the following five courses:

  1. Optional appetizer: User Interface Customization in iOS 5
  2. First course: iOS Apprentice
  3. Second course: iOS 5 By Tutorials
  4. Third course: iOS 5 Tutorial Month
  5. Dessert: iOS 5 Feast Giveaway

During the iOS 5 Feast, you’ll get to sink your teeth into GLKit, serve yourself with Storyboards, nibble on ARC, and gorge yourself on tons of other cool new APIs in iOS 5. By the time you’re done, you’ll feel like you’re on (i)Cloud 9! :]

Want to see what we mean? Keep reading for more details!

Optional Appetizer: User Interface Customization in iOS 5

Create a cool custom user interface with iOS 5's new UIKit and UIAppearance APIs!

Create a cool custom user interface with iOS 5's new UIKit and UIAppearance APIs!

If you guys would like, you can sneak into the kitchen and get the iOS 5 Feast started early! :]

All you have to do is retweet this post to help get the word out. If/when the post reaches 100 retweets, we will immediately release a new tutorial on iOS 5 to whet your appetite!

The tutorial is brought to you by iOS Tutorial Team member by iOS Tutorial Team member Steve Baranski, and is titled User Interface Customization in iOS 5.

It shows you how to take an app with the plain vanilla UIKit controls, and make it look completely custom with the new APIs in iOS 5!

In the event this post doesn’t reach 100 tweets, we’ll still release the post later on this month. But if you want to sneak into the kitchen and get it early – just click the button below!

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Remember that’s just the appetizer – keep reading for more!

First course: iOS Apprentice

If you’ve signed up for our monthly newsletter, you have received an amazing epic-length tutorial by iOS Tutorial Team member Matthijs Hollemans called “The iOS Apprentice: Getting Started.”

This is a tutorial for complete beginners to iOS that shows you how to make a complete game from scratch called “Bull’s Eye.” In the process, you learn a lot about Xcode, Objective-C, UIKit programming, Interface Builder, and more!

Learn how to make a simple game and use common UIKit controls!

Well, if you liked this tutorial, we have two great announcements!

Updated for iOS 5!

We are pleased to announce that as of immediately, the tutorial has been completely updated for iOS 5 and the updated tutorial will be sent to all newsletter subscribers!

If you’re new to iOS or want to fill in the gaps, you can use this tutorial to start learning the latest iOS 5 technologies from the ground up, rather than wasting your time with outdated books or material.

iOS Apprentice Parts 2 and 3 Available!

The second piece of good news is that two more epic-length tutorials in the iOS Apprentice series are immediately available in the raywenderlich.com store!

The complete iOS Apprentice Series: Tutorials 1-3!

The complete iOS Apprentice Series: Tutorials 1-3!

In iOS Apprentice Tutorial 2: Checklists, Matthijs shows you how to build a simple to-do app with iOS 5, using table views, navigation controllers, delegates, and more.

In iOS Apprentice Tutorial 3: MyLocations, Matthijs shows you how to make a cool app that lets you tag photos with location information with iOS 5, using MapKit, Core Location, Tab Bar Controllers, Core Data, and more.

If you’re new to iOS or want to fill in the gaps, this tutorial series is an amazing way to get started. Each tutorial is epic-length at more than 200 pages, and the absolute highest level of quality you’re used to on this site!

The best part is right now these tutorials are on a discount to celebrate the launch of the iOS 5 Feast, and are just $29 for the entire bundle so far. This will be raised to the normal price of $39 in about a week, so grab the discount while you can! :]

Second course: iOS 5 By Tutorials

The iOS 5 By Apprentice series is for beginners, so those of you who are already experienced with iOS development might feel left out.

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you! :]

Our new iOS5 by Tutorials Book!

Our new iOS5 by Tutorials Book!

During the last several months, the iOS Tutorial Team has been investigating the new APIs in iOS 5. In general, we found the APIs provide an amazing wealth of new and cool functionality, but are sometimes quite hard to learn!

So we decided to fix that by teaming up to write an book on iOS 5 called iOS 5 By Tutorials!

iOS 5 By Tutorials is an book designed to help iOS developers get quickly and easily up-to-speed with iOS 5. It contains high-quality tutorials on all of the major new APIs available in iOS 5, including:

We have 21 chapters (and over 600 pages!) of the book already complete, and the rest will be finished very soon. If you want to get access to the chapters we have immediately available, you can get the beta book right now!

If you purchase the beta book, you’ll get all the chapters we have now, the new ones when they’re ready, and the final book upon completion.

In addition, you’ll get a sweet discount – we’re selling the beta version for $44, but once the book is fully complete we will be selling it for $54. So grab the discount and get a head start on iOS 5 while you can! :]

Third course: iOS 5 Tutorial Month

An iOS 5 Tutorial every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - for a month!

An iOS 5 Tutorial every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - for a month!

These new products are all great, but of course they are paid. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about awesome iOS community – we still want to give you guys tons of free stuff!

So I’m extremely pleased to announce that every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the next calendar month, we will post a free new iOS 5 tutorial!

We designed iOS 5 By Tutorials so that most topics consist of a free part (to be posted here during the iOS 5 Feast) and a book only part. The free part consists of the most critical information you need to know to get started, and the book only portion contains extra details and more advanced information.

So check back here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a bunch of awesome iOS 5 tutorials! :]

Dessert: iOS 5 Feast Giveaway

Massive giveaway to celebrate the iOS 5 launch!

Massive giveaway to celebrate the iOS 5 launch!

To wrap up the iOS 5 Feast, we are going to have a sweet giveaway.

It is the most indulgent, decadent, and tantalizing giveaway we have done so far! The grand prize winner will receive:

  • The iOS Apprentice Series ($39 value)
  • Learning Cocos2D ($45 value)
  • iOS 5 By Tutorials ($54 value)
  • All apps by the iOS 5 By Tutorials authors ($55 value)
  • The Space Game Starter Kit ($77 value)
  • Cocos2D video training from Udemy.com ($99 value)
  • Free ad on site for 1 month ($99 value)
  • Plus… cash for a new iPhone 4S! ($199 value)

In total, the grand prize has more than $600 in value!

To make things more fun, we’ll also add a second and third place winner, each of which can pick a single item of their choice from the above list (well except for the cash for the iPhone 5, that’s for the grand prize only)!

To be eligible for this epic giveaway, all you have to do is send one or more tweets during the iOS 5 Feast with the #ios5feast hashtag.

You can reweet posts with this hashtag (including this one!) or just send general comments. It’s OK to submit as many tweets as you like (as long as you aren’t spamming of course!) We will choose a random tweet from all of the tweets marked with the #ios5feast hashtag, and they’ll get all the epic loot!

Want to make your first entry? Just tweet this post with the #ios5feast hashtag by clicking the button below!

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The random drawing will be in a month, when the iOS 5 Feast is complete. So make your entries early and often! :]

Where To Go From Here?

Wow, we had a lot of announcements in this post! Told you guys we have been preparing for this day ;]

To sum it all up, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Want an iOS 5 Tutorial Right Now? Retweet this post – if it reaches 100 tweets we’ll post the first tutorial right away!
  2. New to iOS development or want a refresher? Check out the updated and extended iOS Apprentice Series for iOS 5!
  3. Want to get quickly up-to-speed with the new iOS 5 APIs? Check out our new book iOS 5 By Tutorials!
  4. Want tons of free tutorials? Come back here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next month for a new post on iOS 5!
  5. Want to get mad loot? Send one or more tweets during the next month with the #ios5feast hashtag!

The iOS Tutorial Team and I hope you enjoy this feast, and that you’re fat and happy by the end!

Stay tuned for a bunch of great iOS 5 tutorials, and if you have any questions or comments about the iOS 5 Feast, please join the forum discussion below!

Ray Wenderlich

Ray is an indie software developer currently focusing on iPhone and iPad development, and the administrator of this site. He’s the founder of a small iPhone development studio called Razeware, and is passionate both about making apps and teaching others the techniques to make them.

When Ray’s not programming, he’s probably playing video games, role playing games, or board games.

User Comments

15 Comments

  • You know what? I was refreshing the website for update as soon as you tweet. :)

    Looking forward to see iCloud post.
    palaniraja
  • I'm taking a peace of chicken!
    zeiteisen
  • I would sure be happy with the iOS 5 by tutorials
    I dont need a new iPhone
    But i would love that book

    BTW, Nice price, $54 for the book, that is price anyone would pay i guess
    And if you think i didnt start submitting any tweets, i did it with my Twitter account xcode_mod
    LOL
    AppStoreMod
  • Ray & Team,
    This new smorgasbord of iOS5 goodness is almost too good to be true. Well done, looking forward to all the new content!
    whereswayne
  • The gift that keeps on giving. Thank you Ray and your Moderators!! Big fan!
    markdubouzet
  • This is so cool I'm so happy we can finally unveil this to the community and start sharing all the goodies we've been hard at work on :D

    There's a toooon of content coming up in the next few weeks and in the final version of the book. You guys will be iOS 5 MASTER :D

    Very, very happy with today and happy to see you guys liking it as well :)
    airjordan12345
  • A couple quick, noobie questions...

    1) Does the introduction of iOS 5 mean that all existing iOS development books on Amazon are now obsolete (since they don't cover iOS 5)?

    2) If I write an app using iOS 5, will it run only on brand-new iPhones?

    Thanks,

    Johnny
    JohnnyBGood
  • 1) Nope, they're not obsolete - everything there still applies! iOS 5 just introduces new cool stuff you can optionally use. The biggest differences are ARC and Storyboards, so you'll see a lot of books updated to cover those.

    2) If you use iOS 5 APIs, they will only work on devices actually running iOS 5 of course. But older phones can upgrade to iOS 5, and iOS users tend to upgrade pretty quickly. You can also write your code in a way to check for new APIs, and only use them if they are available, for backwards compatibility.
    rwenderlich
  • Whoa! /keanu

    This is a pretty amazing amount of new content unveiled. I hope the website can handle all the traffic this is going to bring!
    aeberbach
  • Hi,
    I do not see any explicit reference to GCD/Blocks for the topics mentioned on the page that talks about "iOS 5 By Tutorial".

    Thanks
    pgudivada
  • pgudivada wrote:I do not see any explicit reference to GCD/Blocks for the topics mentioned on the page that talks about "iOS 5 By Tutorial".

    Hi pgudivada, I don't think we did a special chapter on GCD or blocks, considering that these have been around for a while now already. However, the chapters on ARC do mention a bit about blocks and the impact that ARC has on them, but it's not an introduction on how to use blocks if that is what you're looking for.
    Hollance
  • I am really excited with your announcements! I should read 20hours /day for months!

    Btw, The IOS Apprentice tutorial is by far the *BEST* beginner's tutorial for IOS I've read so far.
    I have bought a dozen of books for objective-C/IOS SDK but this is my best purchase!

    Looking to read it all and moving to IOS 5 by tutorials book!

    Thank you all!
    vassilag
  • Hi vassilag,

    vassilag wrote:Btw, The IOS Apprentice tutorial is by far the *BEST* beginner's tutorial for IOS I've read so far.
    I have bought a dozen of books for objective-C/IOS SDK but this is my best purchase!


    That's very good to hear! :-)
    Hollance
  • thanks
    oooo723

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