The Essential iOS Books for IT Administrators and Developers

The Essential iOS Books for IT Administrators and Developers

Solutions Review compiles the most essential books on iOS that any IT administrator or developer needs to add to their reading list.

Knowing how to properly manage and secure your iOS devices is critical for IT administrators and engineers. Books, whether hardcover or digital, are an excellent source for people looking to learn about a specific field of technology, and iOS is no exception. We’ve listed the top iOS books that you should add to your reading list. These books are intended for beginners and experts alike and are written by authors with proficiency and/or recognition in iOS devices and management.

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Apple Device Management: A Unified Theory of Managing Macs, iPads, iPhones, and AppleTVs

by Charles Edge and Rich Trouton

“Working effectively with Apple platforms at a corporate or business level includes not only infrastructure, but a mode of thinking that administrators have to adopt to find success. A mode of thinking that forces you to leave 30 years of IT dogma at the door. This book is a guide through how to integrate Apple products in your environment with a minimum of friction. Because the Apple ecosystem is not going away. You’ll start by understanding where Apple, third-party software vendors, and the IT community is taking us.”


iOS 13 Programming for Beginners: Get started with building iOS apps with Swift 5 and Xcode 11, 4th Edition

by Ahmad Sahar and Craig Clayton

“iOS 13 comes with features ranging from Dark Mode and Catalyst through to SwiftUI and Sign In with Apple. If you’re a beginner and are looking to experiment and work with these features to create your own apps, then this updated fourth edition gets you off to a strong start. The book offers a comprehensive introduction for programmers who are new to iOS, covering the entire process of learning the Swift language, writing your own apps, and publishing them on the App Store.”


iOS Apprentice (Eighth Edition): Beginning iOS Development with Swift and UIKit

by Joey deMilla, Eli Ganim, and Matthijs Hollemans

“If you’re new to iOS or Swift, or to programming in general, learning how to write an app can seem incredibly overwhelming. These hands-on tutorials describe in full detail how to build a new app from scratch. Five tutorials, five apps. Each new app will be a little more advanced than the one before, and together they cover everything you need to know to make your own apps. By the end of the series you’ll be experienced enough to turn your ideas into real apps that you can sell on the App Store.”


iOS Enterprise Management For Dummies

by Kenneth Hess

“With their remarkable convenience and ease of use, iPhones and iPads are rapidly gaining a foothold in both the business world and academia. Originally designed for consumer use, these devices lack enterprise security and management features that other mobile devices possess, especially if they’re being used in a Windows network. Network administrators and IT personnel can readily find what they need to know in this friendly book, enabling them to configure, administer, manage, and secure iOS-based devices in their current environment.”

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iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

by Christian Keur and Aaron Hillegass

“Updated for Xcode 11, Swift 5, and iOS 13, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide leads you through the essential concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications. After completing this book, you will have the know-how and the confidence you need to tackle iOS projects of your own. Based on Big Nerd Ranch’s popular iOS training and its well-tested materials and methodology, this bestselling guide teaches iOS concepts and coding in tandem. The result is instruction that is relevant and useful.”


iOS Unit Testing by Example: XCTest Tips and Techniques Using Swift

by Jon Reid

“Fearlessly change the design of your iOS code with solid unit tests. Use Xcode’s built-in test framework XCTest and Swift to get rapid feedback on all your code – including legacy code. Learn the tricks and techniques of testing all iOS code, especially view controllers (UIViewControllers), which are critical to iOS apps. Learn to isolate and replace dependencies in legacy code written without tests.”


Learning iOS Forensics – Second Edition

by Mattia Epifani and Pasquale Stirparo

“Mobile forensics is used within many different domains, but is chiefly employed in the field of information security. By understanding common attack vectors and vulnerability points, security professionals can develop measures and examine system architectures to harden security on iOS devices. This book is a complete manual on the identification, acquisition, and analysis of iOS devices, updated to iOS 8 and 9.”


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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