However, less talking, more action, the following are what you need to do to become an iOS developer.
1. Buy a Mac (and iPhone — if you don't have one).
To develop for iOS you need a Mac. There are workarounds (such as Hackintosh or Mac in Cloud), but let's be honest: as an iOS developer, the Mac will be your primary tool. You don't have to get the most up-to-date, quickest, or most expensive model, but you do need some Mac.
2. Install Xcode.
After you have gotten your Mac on your desk, it's time to install Xcode, the most popular app for iOS developers. For creating iOS apps, Xcode is your IDE (integrated development environment). It's available for free on the Mac App Store. You can use Xcode to write and edit code, debug your program, "draw" it in storyboards, unit test it, and so much more. Your software is also uploaded to the App Store using Xcode. It's the most important app for any iOS developer, so get to know it.
3. Learn the basics of programming.
One of the most difficult moves is to dive right into the code. If you have any programming experience, you should be able to pick up Objective-C (harder to learn) or Swift (easier to learn) fairly quickly — they are both object-oriented programming languages. But don't worry if you've never written a line of code in your life; there are excellent tools for true beginners. Of course, you don't have to fully comprehend everything; this will come with time and practice. However, you must become fully familiar with all of these variables, pointers, classes, data types, and loops. It will provide meaning for your future learning.
4. Create a few apps using step-by-step tutorials.
This is the point at which you begin to create something useful. Take a look at these websites:
However, don't limit yourself to these websites and tutorials! Now it's time to make a calculator app. Build a weather app after that. After that, there's a currency converter app. App for music. Have you grasped the gist of what I'm trying to say? Make whatever you can with the help of a tutorial. Make apps using tutorials before you've mastered Xcode and the language of your choosing (Objective-C or Swift).
5. Create your custom app.
Create your custom app to present to your prospective employer during the interview. You are not required to build a second Facebook account.
So remain calm and consider what aspects of iOS development you excel at right now.
Maybe you've made an app that heavily relies on networking? Maybe you made a music player and your favorite part of the development process is working with audio on iOS. Make the most of that curiosity and expertise by incorporating it into your app. Concentrate on writing code that is tidy, stylish, and functional. The app is your resume, so put your best work into it. Here's a rundown of what employers will be looking for in your application:
‣ working app;
‣ clean code;
‣ code organizing;
‣ usage of storyboards;
‣ usage of CocoaPods;
‣ some simple unit tests;
‣ usage of external libraries.
Although everything depends on the organization and job you're applying for, with these skills under your belt, you'll be able to apply for almost any junior iOS developer spot.
6. Publish your app to the App Store.
To be clear, this move is optional because you'll need an iOS developer account, which costs $99 a year and there's a good chance your app won't make up for the expense.
It is entirely up to you whether or not to have an app in the App Store, but many employers consider this to be a significant plus on your resume.
You are not obligated to do this, however, I highly advise it ( apps in the App Store have landed a lot of people their first job).
7. Upload your app to GitHub.
GitHub is a social networking site that primarily facilitates the exchange of code.
You can upload (and render public or private) the code for your app here, as well as watch other people's code and contribute to open-source projects. It can be used to help coordinate your codes as well as serve as the best backup possible. As a result, you present the code to your prospective employer.
8. Contact the company you want to work with.
Now you're ready to start your career as an iOS developer! It doesn't matter whether you're an intern or a junior — the main thing is that you now have the skills to get your first job, and once you do, the rest will take care of itself. So get your resume ready, find the amazing company where you want to work, and go make apps with them!