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Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 13: App Architecture

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How to Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step-by-step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 13 of the series. If you are just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here(This post has been updated to Swift and iOS 8)

This post contains some of the most important information you need to know to build a well-designed app that easily adapts to changes requested by users, the constant changes Apple makes to iOS, and the ever-changing landscape of iOS devices. It all comes down to a solid app architecture. We're going to take a quick digression from the iAppsReview app this week to look at a simpler Calculator app to help us establish good architectural principles.



Tip of the Day: How to Trim a Video in Photos

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Sometimes we shoot videos on our iPhones and catch not only the event we want, but the before and after moments too. For example, I want to make sure I catch my teenage son running the 50-yard dash at his track meets, so I start my iPhone recording sometimes several minutes before the starting gun fires. When I go back to watch the video or show it to others, I would prefer not to watch people walking back and forth and changing seats before the race starts. This is where trimming (editing) the video comes in handy.



Tip of the Day: How to set up Family Sharing

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Though I love the idea of sharing an iTunes account with my family (who really wants to have to purchase the same song three times so everyone in the house can have it?), the job of setting up your Family Sharing account can be daunting. Here's a quick tutorial about how to set up your Family Sharing account. Stay tuned to our Tip of the Day posts to see how to add a child to your Family Group, turn off sharing of certain items, and more. 



Tip of the Day: How to Color Code Emails for Greater Security

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iOS 8 has a neat feature that lets you color code emails that you're sending to help you avoid information falling into the hands of the wrong person. You've probably had the experience of inadvertently sending an email to the wrong person — and the problems that can cause. Apple's Mail now has a feature that lets you identify a particular domain and alerts you with a red color if you're sending an email outside of that domain. For example, if you want to make sure you don't inadvertently send your work-related emails to someone outside your company, you can stipulate your company's domain. Recipients within the company will have their email address appear blue in the To field, and the email address of recipients outside the company will appear red.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Up Find My iPhone

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With Find My iPhone, you don’t have to worry as much about losing your phone. It’s easy to set up, and once it's enabled, you will be able to see the location of all your devices right there on the map view. First, download the Find My iPhone app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Then, sign in with your Apple ID.



Tip of the Day: Use "See Friendship" to Clean Up Your Facebook History

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We’ve all had embarrassing pictures of us posted on Facebook, and sometimes we need to clean up our borderline-mortifying past! There is an easy way to do that, especially if one friend is guiltier than others of posting pictures of you.



Tip of the Day: How to Switch Between Keyboards on Your iPhone

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If you are bilingual, either between English and Spanish or between English and emoji, chances are you’ve had some experience with keyboards. You can access new keyboards whether you're fluent in another language, have a need to use emojis to express yourself, or want to use a third-party keyboard.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Up an Apple ID for a Child Under 13

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Apple allows children under the age of 13 to have their own Apple ID if the account is created and verified by a parent or guardian, and only for the purpose of being added to a Family Group for Family Sharing. Having an Apple ID will allow your child to use services such as FaceTime, Game Center, iMessage, and iCloud. 



Tip of the Day: How to Keep Your Camera From Tracking Your Location

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Having a difficult time remembering where that picture from your spontaneous trip to the beach was taken? Or at what time you captured that beautiful sunset? The great thing about geotagging is that you’ll never be left wondering when or where a particular photo was taken again—but for many, that might not be such a good thing.



Tip of the Day: How to Add Favorites to Apple Maps

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If you use Apple Maps to get around and you have identified specific locations you want to travel to, you can save those locations as Favorites in Maps. Then when you need to travel to that location, you can simply tap on the name in Favorites and then tap Directions. It can be a real convenience, especially if you're planning a route with multiple stops.



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