15 great iOS newsletters you should know about
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I’m loving it and I’m subscribed to almost all iOS newsletters. While curating Flawless App Twitter, I need a lot of great articles every day. So I do both: search for unique iOS content and read already hand-picked articles from the newsletters.
Feel free to grab my list. You will get tons of amazing content, tools, tips and overview of what’s going on in the community:
It’s a digest with more than 13K readers, done by iOS & macOS tutorial site. AppCoda Weekly contains popular iOS, macOS, design articles from the community and content from its own website. AppCoda itself publishes strong tutorials on macOS development, ARKit, Core ML, beginner iOS topics and even app marketing. And in the newsletter Simon also shares interesting iOS libraries, so issues are usually pretty long :)
Awesome iOS will send you popular iOS libraries and top stories from iOSProgramming subreddit. It’s a mix of useful iOS resources and the most upvoted articles, questions, discussions over Reddit delivered straight to your inbox. The maker of the newsletter is LibHunt network which curates libraries & resources for developers. To submit your library simply fill the form on website.
Published on: Friday
This is a weekly Russian-written digest issued by the e-Legion mobile dev agency together with cool iOS developers (applause goes to Alexandr Chernyy, Ruslan Gumenny, Alexandr Zimin & Ivan Kozlov). Digest contains funny localization of popular iOS news, article introductions, community gossips. The content significantly differs from English-written newsletters and also presents Russian iOS articles, CIS meetups announcements and videos from there. Obviously, English-speaking readers won’t be able to dive into it, but it’s a great newsletter for those who know Russian.
Chris is making a very diverse issue every time! You can find Swift tips, podcasts, Xcode tricks, videos, libraries & frameworks, marketing guides, success stories, personal notes and much more. It’s a perfect mix for indie developers, with sections for beginners and career-seekers. Chris is running his newsletter since 2015 and always tries to keep everything as easy to read as possible.
iOS Cookies weekly newsletter shares list of hand-picked open-source libraries written in Swift. You can get new and not-yet popular libraries weekly or check the whole website with dozens of awesome iOS open-source libraries. Adam has been working on iOS Cookies since 2015 and made an amazing job with his collection. Everyone can suggest a library via the form on the website. You can support him by becoming a sponsor to his newsletters or website.
You probably know about iOS Dev Weekly, as it’s one of the oldest (2011) and the biggest newsletter (46K readers) in the community. iOS Dev Weekly has interesting “from the editor” introduction, huge news and code sections (while less attention is paid to design or business articles). Recently Dave added an option to suggest articles via a form, but still being featured there is not that easy. High five if your article ever was mentioned there!
Fun fact: Dave also built Curated, the platform which helps to send his newsletter :)
It’s an open-source community newsletter with sections for iOS guides, tools, design and business posts. It was founded in November 2013 by Rui Peres and Tiago Almeida. In February 2015 it became an open source and now everyone can suggest content via PR. Now iOSGoodies has more than 100 issues on GitHub and established community of contributors.
Until Thursday all suggestions stay in the repo. Then the most appropriate one will be accepted to the website and the newsletter. The good thing is a total transparency of this newsletter. You can see all submissions, add your own tool & article or ask maintainers about their decisions on your PR.
As an example, my friend added his funny AR fart app to the Tools section and got a rejection. However, maintainers publicly explained their decision, so it still felt very friendly.
Andy shares useful articles, tutorials, videos and other links for people interested in designing & developing their own iOS, WatchOS and AppleTV apps using Swift. The newsletter covers both the business aspects of developing for these platforms as well as more technical topics such as design, code and testing. It often features articles from less well-known writers making the newsletters content somewhat unique.
Swift Weekly is crafted by 9elements, German digital agency. It mostly focused on popular iOS-related tutorials, talks, and libraries. So far, it has 90+ issues and almost 5K readers. You can easily contribute there via “send link” form at the bottom of the website. Curators gather popular content on rapidly changing development world and present it to you weekly.
I’m sure, you already subscribed to “This Week in Swift”, so I will be very short here. On Mondays Natasha Murashev shares many articles on Swift & iOS development, useful tools and available Swift jobs. Sometimes newsletter covers design and marketing topics as well. It was founded in 2014 and is read by 18K people. Also, Natasha highlights important Apple news and random funny things :)
For sure, there are more great iOS and Swift newsletters out there! These ones deserve your attention as well:
- Swift Weekly Brief by Jesse Squires with the focus on Swift open source project, Swift evolution, Swift Unwrapped podcast and community news.
- WeeklyCocoa Newsletter, delivered every Wednesday by PGS Software iOS Team. What a lovely name and logo they have!
- Swiftly Curated, delivered on Friday by Majid Jabrayilov. It’s a relatively young newsletter (created in August), but very rapidly growing.
- Raywenderlich.com Weekly with new tutorials & videos from their site.
- Newsletter from Slack iOS developers community. There are more than 18K members in our Slack channel! It’s a super active community. And newsletter usually highlights articles from its members, news, popular stories. It’s curated by James Martinez and published several times per month.
Making newsletter takes a lot of time and efforts.
As an example, curating our Twitter feed for 2 weeks could take me two full days of reading, watching, playing with code examples. Then I need to set up everything in scheduling tool with brief comments (plus 4–6 hours of work). Could you imagine how long it could take to make a weekly newsletter with only the top notch materials?
Huge thanks to people who do this job for us. We can easily learn from hand-picked guides and discover new tools just from our inbox. Authors and makers might get readers attention and even the first users. I think, that all the community benefits from such a great variety of newsletters!
One last thing.
Recently one my friend mentioned over the Twitter that newsletters share the same articles and seem to have a lack of diverse & regional content.
Let’s be honest, some authors or articles are very popular, even viral. Those content usually included in all newsletters, because it’s too good not to add it. In other cases, every newsletter has its own style and content focus. You don’t need to read all of them, unless you have a specific need for a lot of content coming constantly (as I have). I’m sure, newsletter curators don’t have a common Slack chat where they show what’s going to be sent. So, similar content is kind of a random.
Also, you can send a kind feedback to the newsletter maintainer with your thoughts on improving the content :) Or simply share your feedback publicly. Be active, helpful and nice to others. Together we can make our community better.
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