Implementing GUI persistence in an iPhone App

by Martin Westin in ,


With iOS 4, Apple pushes everyone to build our apps so that we preserve the state of the application when it terminates. This is because to the normal user there is no difference between an app being "pushed" to the background and an app being terminated. Apple want the users to feel like our apps never terminate. That they just leave them in the background a while. I'll explain how I implemented this behaviour using NSUserDefaults in my app, Extraction. It may not be the most advanced technique or the best in any way. I just know it works for me.

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Extraction 1.0 and 1.1

by Martin Westin in


Version 1.0 of Extraction, my first iPhone app, was released on the App Store yesterday. I am very excited about the whole thing. Duh!

Version 1.1 has already been submitted for review. It adds iOS4 compatibility and iPhone 4 high-res graphics.

Extraction is a simple timer and records-keeper for espresso brewing. You may need to be unhealtily interested in making coffee to get the purpose the app. You can read a bit more about the features on the extraction website and you can download the app and check it out on the App Store.