Writing an iOS app to include Mail, News, RSS, Weather etc.

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by drummerob402, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. drummerob402 macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2013

    I'm interested in building an iPad app that I can use as a morning routine app. There is a similar app available called "Morning - Weather, News, To-Do, and more", however I'd really like to incorporate mail and RSS feeds into an app like this.

    Is there a simple(ish) way of doing this? I've attached a very rough idea of what I'd like it to look like.

    Thanks in advance.


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  2. jamesjingyi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    This is exactly the same App I wanted to make... Its pretty complex to do I think (based on my research). Therefore I was going to study code, then go on to do this...
  3. GroovyMan1976 macrumors newbie


    May 22, 2012
    Reading, UK
    The front end that you've wire framed would be quite easy to build.

    The problem you've got is that you got find a nice way of scraping the data from all the different services you've described.

    Take mail as an example; there's no way to pull in the existing mail accounts the user has on their iOS device, so your going to have write a mail reader at the very minimum. That in itself is going to be quite in depth, given the various flavours of mail protocols that are knocking about.

    You're going to face the same issues with each service you want to support.

    I guess you could build a web service that will aggregate all the services into bite size chunks that your app can consume. It would be easier to buy in service clients for this kind of environment.

    This is just based on my experience, mind. They're might be a clean way of doing this that I haven't thought about.

    I hope that helps.
  4. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Use MailCore 2 for handling email. I was able to write a basic email reader with it in one or two nights (granted, I have years of programming experience.)

    I've heard good things about Weather Underground, but I've never used it myself.

    TODO isn't hard, I don't think.

    I have a tutorial on the internet somewhere that you can follow regarding RSS on iOS... here it is.

    News I can't help you with. I can't imagine that would be something easy to come by... unless maybe Yahoo offers an API? They probably make you pay to use it, if they have one at all, but I generally find Yahoo's rates are more reasonable than Google (who, for example, charges 6¢ for 100 web searches last I checked. Which would mean if your users used search just 1167 times, they'd burn through all of the revenue you got from them if you charged $1 for your app. Beyond that they'd be costing you.)
  5. ahan.tm macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011

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