iPhone Application Programming WS 2010/11

In this course students learn to develop and deploy mobile applications on Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. 

The iPhone OS SDK was designed from scratch when introduced with the iPhone OS 2. In its design, it follows various established software development patterns, making it an ideal subject to teach how to create such an SDK. This shows how software design patterns can advance from pure theory to a real-world setting. On the other hand, the iPhone is a very interesting device from an HCI perspective. The user interface has to deal with (multi-)touch interaction, which results in new challenges to the software architecture, e.g., in event handling. With its rich set of sensors, the iPhone allows for input far beyond mouse and keyboard. Finally, both the iPhone and the iPad have simply become "in"-devices since their introduction. Didn't you ever want to show your own app to your friends on your iPhone?

GUTech iPhone Specialist Lab

See the additional information page here


Aug 12: Assignments and lecture resources will be available in the L2P eLearning Room (only for registered students). Lecture videos and slides will be available to the general public on iTunes U.

Aug. 6: We have collected some helpful information for students and RWTH institutes to get started as iPhone developers.


  1. Introduction to Mobile Programming
  2. Programming Fundamentals
  3. Foundation Classes
  4. UI Design
  5. View Controllers
  6. Drawing
  7. Touch and Input
  8. Audio
  9. Storing Data
  10. Maps and Location
  11. Networking
  12. Integration
  13. iPad Programming

Schedule and Credits

ECTS Credits: 6 for the lecture and the lab, 3 for the lecture only.

Regular appointments (lecture starts Oct. 12, lab starts Oct. 18):

Lecture Tue 9:00-11:30 Room 2010
Lab Mon 15:00-16:30 Room 2U13

Specific Dates

Final Project Idea Generation14.12.201018:30 - 21:00Super C
Invited Talks 25.01.2011 9:00 - 11:30 Room 2010
Final Project Presentation 07.02.2011 19:00 - 22:00 Room 2010
Final Exam 15.02.2011 9:00 - 12:00 Room 2010
Final Exam (2nd Chance) 08.03.2011 9:00 - 12:00 Room 2010

This course is held by Prof. Jan Borchers, Florian Heller, and Jonathan Diehl.
The final project events are organized in collaboration with AC.E.


Literature Recommendations

iOS SDK 4:

iPhone SDK 3:

COCOA, Objective C:


Previous Courses

iPhone Application Development, WS 2009/10

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