iOS 6 Tutorial: Introduction to iOS Collection Views

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This tutorial explores the addition of Collection Views in iOS 6 and explains their role in page layout for iOS devices. Watch more at: iOS 6 SDK New Features.

This tutorial is a single movie from the iOS 6 SDK New Features course presented by lynda.com author Simon Allardice. The complete course duration is 2 hours and 29 minutes long and shows how to bring your existing iOS development skills—and your own applications—up to speed with the new options in iOS 6 SDK

Introduction
1. Xcode and Objective-C changes
2. iOS Collection Views
3. Working with Passbook
4. Additional Frameworks

Simon Allardice

This video is a very good introduction to collection views in iOS 6. I really like the way this lynda.com author presents his video tutorials. He has a special way in his teaching that helps you to understand. Although all of the authors from lynda.com are really great – he is one of my favorites. Thumbs up to you Simon! Learn more about Simon here: Simon Allardice.

iOS 6iOS 6 is the latest major version of the iOS mobile operating system from Apple Inc. The latest version of iOS 6 is 6.1.4. It was preceded by iOS 5 (final version was 5.1.1).

Features

Two notable apps that iOS 6 removed by default are Google Maps (download on the App Store) and YouTube.

The built-in Maps app uses Apple’s new vector-based engine that eliminates the lag present while downloading bitmaps from Google’s servers, making for smoother zooming. New to Maps is turn-by-turn navigation spoken directions in certain countries, 3D views in some major cities and real-time traffic. Turn-by-turn navigation is only available for iPhone 4S or later and iPad 2 or later with cellular capability, while 3D views are only available for iPhone 4S or later, fifth-generation iPod Touch, and iPad 2 and later.

Another change includes the inability to download Podcasts through the regular iTunes application. Instead, users are prompted to download the official Podcasts App in order to continue.

iOS 6 brings the retrieval of documents such as boarding passes, admission tickets, coupons and loyalty cards through its new Passbook app. An iOS device with Passbook can be scanned under a reader to process a mobile payment at participating locations. The app has context-aware features such as notifications for relevant coupons when in the immediate vicinity of a given store.

Apple’s Siri intelligent personal assistant was improved to include the ability to make restaurant reservations, launch apps, dictate Facebook or Twitter updates, retrieve movie reviews and detailed sports statistics. Siri, which previously was only supported on iPhone 4S, is also now supported on iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod Touch, third- through fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini.

Facebook comes integrated through Apple’s native apps with iOS 6. Facebook features can be directly accessed from within native apps such as Calendar which can sync Facebook events, or use Facebook’s like button from within the Apple App Store.

New privacy settings are available to the user. In addition to location services, the following have been added in iOS 6: photos (already partially restricted in iOS 5), contacts (address book), calendars, reminders, Bluetooth sharing, Twitter, Facebook, and Sina Weibo. iOS 6 also comes with a “Limit ad tracking” user control in the general settings menu to allow users the option to prevent targeted advertising. Apple’s Advertising Identifier replaces the company’s existing UDID standard. Advertising networks not yet using Apple’s Advertising Identifier device identifier standard would not be affected although Apple will require the standard in the future.

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