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How to Hire the Best iOS Developers

The success of a mobile app development project heavily relies on hiring iOS developers who fit the business requirements and company culture the best. This is only possible when employers and hiring managers have not only a good eye for soft skills and character but also a good understanding of the iOS and the technologies related to it.


To help you find the right iOS developer for you, we’re discussing some of the most essential information employers and hiring managers like you must know to tell a great iOS developer apart from a sea of candidates.


iOS, first introduced as iPhone OS, was unveiled at the Macworld event together with the first iPhone in January 2007. At that time, the device was introduced as an iPod with very limited features. There was no App Store, and users cannot multitask between built-in apps, copy and paste text, nor move the app icons on the homescreen. However, it did stand out because it featured capacitive touch capabilities, unlike other devices which were still using resistive touchscreens.


Fast forward to today, Apple’s iOS has come a long way, powering multiple generations of iPhones, iPads, and iPods and more than a billion devices worldwide. And although Android dominates in terms of the number of users, iOS places second and remains to be among the leading mobile operating systems globally. According to StatsCounter figures from December 2018, iOS has a 22.2% share of the mobile operating systems market, following Android with 74.92%.


iOS developers are in high demand because of the value they add to businesses and startups. Fortunately, there are thousands of mobile app developers out there along with plenty of hiring options you can use to find the mobile developer you need—but, as with all hiring decisions, the challenge lies in finding the right fit for your company.

Why should you hire an iOS developer?

With the global reach and power of smartphones today, companies and organisations which are able to build mobile apps are able to reach more audiences and achieve more business goals. However, it is important to note that not all applications make the cut and generate a profitable ROI.


For this reason, hiring Apple developers has become essential and vital for companies to leverage the competitive advantage of going mobile. Here are other benefits you will enjoy with a skilled iOS developer in your team:

Leverage the tech talent’s expertise
A skilled iOS developer has expertise on the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in iOS development. They have the technical knowledge plus smart tricks and hacks when working with mobile app development technologies, enabling them to make mobile apps that efficiently answer the end-users’ needs while providing an attractive interface.


Experience working on diverse projects
Hiring iOS developers to build your mobile app is entrusting the process to professionals who have done this over a wide range of projects. You can rest assured that your app is being handled by professionals who have a working knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. Moreover, hiring iOS developers who have previously worked on projects similar to yours can be a smart move as they already have a background on the industry you are in as well as the important aspects that the app should have.


High-quality and prompt delivery
iOS developers are able to meet deadlines while still maintaining a great quality of output. They know the importance of following the time frame plus they have the technical ability to accomplish tasks on time. Because of this, startups and companies enjoy cost-effective app development, and, eventually, a quick time-to-market.


iPhone app developers who have been working on app development projects for at least 3 years are sure to value and place importance on scalability. This means that companies are able to witness the development process, check the progress of the app, and work with the developers on revisions and updates along the way.


Input from tech professionals
Having iOS developers in your team is a great advantage because you have a credible professional whom you can approach with regards to technical concerns and issues. Great mobile app developers guide their clients and other non-technical colleagues throughout the development process and offer suggestions to solve problems or make the app more effective.  

What are some best practices in iOS development?

Decide on the minimum iOS version early on
It is practical and time-efficient to decide on which iOS version you want to support in your project because this allows you to know which OS versions you should develop and test against. You also get to determine which system APIs you can use; all of these are essential information you need to estimate your workload and determine what’s possible early on.


Take advantage of Apple’s extensive frameworks
Another best practice in iOS development is to not limit yourself with one library, even though it works as of the moment. Always find time to explore iOS and familiarise yourself with other Apple frameworks. This can lead you to discover other frameworks that can solve a problem efficiently.


Avoid ambiguity and abbreviations when naming
Aside from writing clear code, another best practice when creating iOS apps is to follow Apple’s basic conventions while naming classes, methods, functions, constants, and other code elements. While the names should be kept clear and brief, ambiguity and abbreviations should be avoided and proper grammar should still be practiced.


Decide on your app architecture first
Before writing any code, make sure that you have decided on your app architecture first. You can choose to either go with the traditional MVC architecture, or you can go with fancier ones like MVVM or VIPER. Deciding on your app architecture will help ensure that your code is easier to understand as you move forward and that your application is more testable.

What technical skills should you look for when hiring iOS developers?

There are different technologies used in iOS programming; what you require your candidates to have relies heavily on your project’s requirements.


Here are some of the technologies that are mainly used in iOS development:

Objective-C is traditional language for all iOS and Apple-related programming. Thanks to its low-level features and support for objects and its position as the historical iOS programming language, this language has become the language that many Apple iOS developers use frequently. Also, despite the launch of Swift in 2014, many important iOS frameworks and libraries still rely on Objective-C.


With the evolution of the hardware and software of the iOS operating system, Apple introduced Swift in 2014 to address some disadvantages of Objective-C, which has been around for more than 30 years. This streamlined language makes app programming simpler and faster, and allows developers to be more productive.


XCode is an integrated development environment (IDE) which handles coding, compiling, and building iOS apps from source code. This also integrates additional features like code testing, user interface design, and device emulators, which makes it indispensable for iOS app development.


Cocoa Touch
This is a mobile UI framework for iOS that is important to create visually-stunning apps. Cocoa Touch is used to create interfaces for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.


React Native
React Native is Facebook’s alternative to the traditional mobile programming languages in iOS development. It is a JavaScript framework that enables developers to build real and natively rendering apps that will run on both iOS and Android. Sometimes, the code achieves native-like speeds as well.  


Formerly known as the iPhone SDK, the iOS SDK is a collection of tools that helps mobile app developers build native applications for iOS devices and platforms.  


REST and Back-end Integration
As mobile apps need servers frequently, it also makes sense for you to look for skills and experience in REST and Back-end integration in your potential developers. iOS developers who have experience working with remote servers, have integrated JSON-encoded data with external APIs, or those who have skills in SOAP-based web services can be a great addition to your development team.


Other technical skills to take note of
Aside from those mentioned above, there are other technical skills that your potential iOS developer must have experience with:

  • UIKit
  • Understanding of MVC (Model-View-Controller)
  • Debugging in XCode
  • Distributing an app
  • Git, Subversion, or other version control
  • Some experience in Unit Testing, XCTest
  • Understanding of SOLID and clean coding principles
  • Delegation, Notifications, and Key Value Observation

What soft skills should you look for in an iOS developer?

There are a lot of iOS developers with the required technical skills for mobile engineering positions. When this happens, soft skills are what really sets great iOS app developers from the rest. Here are some of the soft skills you should look for in your potential mobile developers:

  • Creativity
  • Ability to focus on a task
  • Desire to stay updated with the latest trends and trends in mobile development and apply them to current projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team
  • Desire to experiment and discover new solutions
  • Ability to strategise quick and effective solutions


These are some of the basic soft skills that employers commonly look for to find the right iOS developer, however, different employers will always have different requirements. But above this all, the top soft skill that makes an iOS developer notable is his/her dedication to create excellent apps with the aim of providing exceptional user experiences.

What is the usual rate for iOS developers?

The cost of mobile app development projects varies greatly depending on the complexity of your app, the project duration, and the level of expertise you need. However, there are guides on cost estimates readily available on the internet which you can use for reference.


Below is a quick table comparing the annual salaries and hourly rates of iOS developers from the UK, the US, Canada and Australia. All figures are from PayScale.


  Average iOS Developer Annual Salary Average iOS Developer Hourly Rate
United Kingdom GBP 36,435 GBP 30
United States USD 98,847 USD 57.60
Canada CAD 64,473 CAD 25.50
Australia AUD 74,284 AUD 40.50


While hiring locally is the common way to go, there are companies from startups to large tech firms which are looking for more cost-efficient and quick alternatives to find the tech talent they need. This is where IT outsourcing providers enter the picture.

As your IT outsourcing partner, we address startups and small and medium-sized enterprises’ needs to be able to find alternatives to hiring iOS developers that is vital in expanding and growing the business. We offer competitive industry rates that allow companies to find the best iOS app developers while saving on overhead costs. Know more about offshore developer rates in this blog.

What interview techniques should you use to hire the best iOS developer?

Q: What are solid principles?

A: S.O.L.I.D. stands for:

  • S — Single responsibility principle (A class should only have one job)
  • O — Open closed principle (Objects or entities such as classes, modules, functions, etc., should be open for extension but closed for modification)
  • L — Liskov substitution principle (Derived classes must be substitutable for their base classes)
  • I — Interface segregation principle (Make simple abstractions based on the clients’ needs)
  • D — Dependency Inversion principle (Entities must depend on abstractions, not on specific classes/structures or concretions)


Q: What is a managed object context?

A: A managed object context is an instance of NSManagedObjectContext and it represents a single object space or scratch pad. It mainly manages a collection of managed objects and keeps note of all changes to the object layer.


Q: What is the difference between viewDidLoad and viewDidAppear?

A: viewDidLoad is called when the view is loaded from a Xib file or a storyboard, or when it is programmatically created in loadView. On the other hand, viewDidAppear is called every time the view is presented on the device.

For data that is fairly statics and is not likely to change, it can be loaded in viewDidLoad and cached. For data that changes regularly, it will be better to load it using viewDidAppear. However, in both situations, the data should be loaded asynchronously on a background thread so it doesn’t block the UI.


Q: What are the different application states in iOS?

  • Not Running. As its name suggests, the app is not running. Either it has not been launched, or it has been terminated
  • Inactive. In this state, the app is running in the foreground but is not receiving events. An iOS app can be placed into an inactive state if the user has locked the device with the app active, or when a call or SMS message is received.
  • Active. When the app is “in use”. The app is running in the foreground and is receiving events.
  • Background. The app is running in the background. It is no longer on-screen but still executing code.  
  • Suspended. The app is in the background and is still resident in memory, but no code is executed.


Q: What is the difference between retain and assign?

A: Both retain and assign creates a reference from one object to another, the difference lies in the retain count. Retain increases the retain count of the source object, while assign does not.


Here is an example of retain:

if (_variable != object)
[_variable release];
_variable = nil;
_variable = [object retain];

Here is an example of assign:

if (_variable != object)
[_variable release];
_variable = nil;
_variable = object;

This question is taken from Codementor.

Q: Spot the bug in the following code and suggest how to fix it:

@interface MyCustomController : UIViewController 
@property (strong, nonatomic) UILabel *alert;
@implementation MyCustomController
- (void)viewDidLoad {
CGRect frame = CGRectMake(100, 100, 100, 50);
self.alert = [[UILabel alloc] initWithFrame:frame];
self.alert.text = @"Please wait...";
[self.view addSubview:self.alert];
dispatch_get_global_queue(DISPATCH_QUEUE_PRIORITY_DEFAULT, 0),
self.alert.text = @"Waiting over";

A: The code should be modified so that all UI updates must be done on the main thread.

    dispatch_get_global_queue(DISPATCH_QUEUE_PRIORITY_DEFAULT, 0),
        dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{
            self.alert.text = @"Waiting over";

How can Cloud Employee help you?

As a UK-managed IT outsourcing firm, Cloud Employee provides global businesses access to the best tech talent and iOS developers in the Philippines. We help you find and hire offshore iOS developers who work full-time for your company without the risks and hassle.


With our simple business process, you can hire offshore iOS developers in just weeks. Simply let us know your job requirements, skill sets needed, and other relevant information. Our recruitment team scouts for available skilled iOS developers at no recruitment fees. We then provide you with a shortlist of pre-screened CVs from which you select candidates for interviews and technical testing. We ensure that no commitment will be made until you are fully satisfied with your offshore iOS developer.


Once hired, your offshore iOS developers work 100% exclusively with you at your preferred time-zone. They report directly to you and use your preferred tools and standards, making them an effective member of your in-house team.


Meanwhile, Cloud Employee provides your offshore iOS developer with a great office environment and full IT support. In addition, we take care of all administrative functions such as taxes, payroll, license, HR, and other back-office tasks allowing you to focus on your business.


An offshore iOS developer can help you with a range of services for developing iOS applications. With Cloud Employee, you can hire offshore iOS developers with a broad range of skill sets including Objective-C, Swift, Cocoa Touch, Xcode, APNs integration, and other related technologies.

What is the dedicated developer model?

The Dedicated Hiring Model is a hiring model we employ here at Cloud Employee to help you avoid the risks and extra costs of traditional outsourcing. Through this model, the dedicated offshore iOS development team you hire with us is seamlessly added to your in-house team, using only your processes, tools, and standards.


This model is considered the best engagement model, thanks to the flexibility it offers. Scaling your team according to your business requirements whenever you need it is made possible—and more efficient.


Moreover, you only pay a single sum of money that already covers the offshore team member’s monthly salary and the outsourcing provider’s fee.



  • Ideal for long-term projects, especially those with a constantly changing scope and undefined specifications
  • Works fine with a predictable budget even with an indefinite project scope
  • As the client, you have full control from recruitment and interviews to the management of your outsourced iOS development team
  • You monitor and assess the product quality directly
  • The dedicated iOS developers you hire work exclusively for you, so they understand your objectives, goals, standards, and expectations clearly


Moreover, the dedicated hiring model suits these businesses the most:

  • Those which prefer to work with a dedicated iOS team for their project
  • Those which are looking to reduce their hiring and recruitment expenses
  • Those that want flexibility and scalability especially during the development


More than a hundred startups and SMEs from all over the world are trusting Cloud Employee for their iOS development needs because of its convenient and client-oriented model. Our developers follow our clients’ time zones, allowing them to work together at the same time and to reduce the risks of miscommunication and other inconveniences. The outsourced team becomes an efficient extension of the in-house team.


All of these services are offered at competitive industry rates, which makes us and our business model the top choice for many startups and firms.



  • Access to the best tech talent in the Philippines
  • End-to-end Client Control from custom-recruitment to direct developer management
  • 100% Dedicated Developers working at the same time-zone
  • Full Client Support with our After Care Team
  • Savings of up to 65% or more

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AVG Cost

UK Developer

£40 per hour

AVG Cost

Cloud Employee Developer

£14 per hour

Clients save on average £60,000 per annum

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