tnsStanford University is offering the iOS 5 edition of its well-regarded iPhone and iPad application development course free on iTunes U.

Instructor Paul Hegarty attributes the course popularity to the appeal of Apple products and the instant gratification of creating apps for mobile devices. "There's something about developing for the iOS platform that's really exciting and fun because it runs on devices that everybody has in their purses or pockets, " he said.

"There aren't a lot of courses you can take that when you get to the end, to your final project, you can take it out of your pocket and show your friends."

Hegarty said that his students develop a wide array of applications for the iPhone and iPad, including many that improve or automate their daily lives. Those include apps that manage laboratory experiments, keep track of food choices at campus eateries, or access the works of Shakespeare. Games and social networking applications are also popular.

The offering includes the same course lectures and slides that Stanford students experience, but without the Stanford credit or access to instructors. Still, for burgeoning developers, iTunes U is an excellent opportunity to get world-class instruction for free.

The university notes that the two Stanford prerequisite courses, Programming Methodology [Link] and Programming Abstractions [Link], are also available on iTunes U.

iPhone Application Development is available free on iTunes [Link].

Top Rated Comments

4np Avatar
128 months ago
I'm following it as well... I was following last year's course, but I find this years' iOS 5 course more suitable as it's become more easy for non-C developers to understand. For example, due to ARC (automatic reference counting) the whole retain/release mess is overboard and memory management is more or less out of the way. Which means you can focus more on the 'how' and the functionality than on boilerplate code. Also this course seems to focus on the dot notation from the start, while in previous year(s) it was more focussed on how it was supposed to go, how that changed over the years, and how you're supposed to do it now. This year's course is focussed on how it is supposed to do now (e.g. from the start the dot notation, synthesizing properties, etc), and how one was supposed to do it before is pretty much out of scope of the course. I find this year's course a more hands-on experience and practical while the previous ones were more theoretical.

The whole idea of designing the view, hooking it up to code through outlets and actions is really quite elegant. The syntax is the bit to get used to, but due to the dot notation that becomes more easy to follow.

If you have a history in OO-programming and are familiar with the MVC design pattern, you will find this course is quite easy to follow.

In my opinion the best iOS course out there... Must see if you want to head into iOS development... Especially as it covers the iOS 5 SDK and Xcode 4 very well (a lot of new API's were introduced, and Xcode 4 has changed quite dramatically compare to the previous iterations). And what better a teacher than one who actually helped set up Objective-C at NeXT at the very beginning? :)

There's not as many videos as Fall 2010 for some reason
The course started at the end of september and is still underway...


But according to what I read, not for beginning developers. You must know C++ already or have a good foundation on it.
It might indeed be a bit hard to grasp if you do not understand basic OO programming, as it it constantly referring to Class, Object, Instance, Inheritance, Introspection, etcetera. If you do not have the basic OO-knowledge this is gonna be a tough cookie... But, any OO will do... C++ definitely not a requirement...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AustinZ Avatar
128 months ago
The class isn't over; there are still lectures that have been yet to be delivered and filmed. Others are in the post-production pipeline.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
goodfellaNW Avatar
128 months ago
Very true (the last was Fall 2010) but the Fall 2010 was outdated rather quickly because of XCode releases. It's nice to finally have an updated lecture and hopefully this utilizes the latest and greatest!

The Stanford lecture is by far the best out of all iOS lectures available on iTunes U.

This lecture was there years ago. And they update it every year. Awesome stuff (although I only followed for 4 lectures before working on my own project).
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jakesteramma Avatar
128 months ago
Awesome resource. The one's in the past have been a bit fast paced for my experience level which is a beginner. But it is indeed excellent and I keep coming back to it as I learn more.

Thanks to Apple and the Universities for such an wonderful learning experience!!!!

:D
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

iphone 12 colors 2021

iPhone 12 Colors: Deciding on The Right Color

Thursday November 5, 2020 8:35 am PST by
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro arrived last October in a range of color options, with entirely new hues available on both devices, as well as some popular classics. The 12 and 12 Pro have different color choices, so if you have your heart set on a particular shade, you might not be able to get your preferred model in that color. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12...
iPhone 13 Dummy Thumbnail 2

Full iPhone 13 Feature Breakdown: Everything Rumors Say We Can Expect

Tuesday August 31, 2021 7:50 am PDT by
With the launch of Apple's iPhone 13 lineup believed to be just a few weeks away, we have compiled all of the coherent rumors from our coverage over the past year to build a full picture of the features and upgrades coming to the company's new smartphones. For clarity, only explicit improvements, upgrades, and new features compared to the iPhone 12 lineup are listed. It is worth noting that...
original iphone

Phil Schiller Says iPhone Was 'Earth-Shattering' Ten Years Ago and Remains 'Unmatched' Today

Monday January 9, 2017 7:15 am PST by
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller sat down with tech journalist Steven Levy for a wide-ranging interview about the smartphone's past, present, and future. The report first reflects upon the iPhone's lack of support for third-party apps in its first year. The argument inside Apple was split between whether the iPhone should be a closed...
macbook air deals

Deals: Amazon Drops Price of 256GB M1 MacBook Air to New Low of $849.99 ($149 Off)

Friday August 27, 2021 6:16 am PDT by
Amazon today introduced new low prices on the M1 MacBook Air for both 256GB and 512GB storage options. To start, you can get the 256GB model for $849.99, down from an original price of $999.00. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Only Silver and Gold are...
iCloud General Feature

iCloud+'s New Custom Email Domain Feature Now Available in Beta

Wednesday August 25, 2021 7:48 am PDT by
Starting with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, users with a paid iCloud+ storage plan can personalize their iCloud email address with a custom domain name, such as johnny@appleseed.com, and the feature is now available in beta. iCloud+ subscribers interested in setting up a custom email domain can visit the beta.icloud.com website, select "Account Settings" under their name, and select ...
iPhone 13 Dummy Thumbnail 2

Kuo: iPhone 13 to Feature LEO Satellite Communications to Make Calls and Texts Without Cellular Coverage

Sunday August 29, 2021 7:39 am PDT by
The iPhone 13 will feature low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls and send messages in areas without 4G or 5G coverage, according to the reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Kuo explained that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature hardware that is able to connect to LEO satellites. If enabled with the relevant...
maxresdefault

New MacBook Pro Models Coming at WWDC, Suggests Leaker

Monday May 24, 2021 1:27 pm PDT by
New MacBook Pro models are coming at WWDC, according to leaker Jon Prosser who has a mixed track record when it comes to predicting Apple's plans. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Prosser provided no additional information, but there are new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in the works. The new MacBook Pros will feature the most radical redesign to the MacBook Pro ...
omg lightning cable comparison

Security Researcher Develops Lightning Cable With Hidden Chip to Steal Passwords

Thursday September 2, 2021 6:59 am PDT by
A normal-looking Lightning cable that can used to steal data like passwords and send it to a hacker has been developed, Vice reports. The "OMG Cable" compared to Apple's Lightning to USB cable. The "OMG Cable" works exactly like a normal Lightning to USB cable and can log keystrokes from connected Mac keyboards, iPads, and iPhones, and then send this data to a bad actor who could be over a...
ted lasso notchless phone

No, That Notchless iPhone Spotted in 'Ted Lasso' Isn't the iPhone 13

Tuesday August 31, 2021 2:15 am PDT by
Recent sightings of a notchless iPhone in highly popular Apple TV+ comedy "Ted Lasso" have led to sensational headlines suggesting this is a canny bit of product placement on Apple's part and that the iPhone 13 will be notchless. In actuality – and this could go without saying – the phone in question is very likely just showing a poorly superimposed display added in post-production. Notchless ...
calculatorapp

iOS 11 Bug: Typing 1+2+3 Quickly in the Calculator App Won't Get You 6

Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:03 pm PDT by
A bug in the built-in Calculator app in iOS 11 is getting some major attention this week, despite the fact that it's been around since iOS 11 was in beta testing. At issue is a calculator animation that causes some symbols to be ignored when calculations are entered in rapid succession. You can try it for yourself: Type 1+2+3 and then the equals sign into the Calculator app quickly. Due to...