Why You Should Go With CloudKit For Your Apps

As an iOS developer, you have a lot of choices when it comes to employing an MBaaS solution for your app, be it Firebase, or Amazon AWS, or Microsoft Azure. But one of the most overlooked solutions is right under your nose, so to speak, and that’s Apple’s very own CloudKit.

By leveraging Apple’s native framework in your apps, you can seamlessly synchronize your app’s data across multiple devices, from iOS to macOS, to tvOS, without having to worry about implementing any authentication logic. That is, no login forms, passwords, all that, as any user is who is using iCloud, will automatically be authenticated.

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More so, you can also access CloudKit as a Web Service, or Javascript application, which makes for a very powerful proposition. And how much does CloudKit cost, compared to other services? Well, they are quite generous with their free tier, as you can see from the screenshot below.

Building iOS Apps with CloudKit

The best way to learn is by video, and my brand-new LinkedIn Learning course, Building iOS Apps with CloudKit, will take you through the foundations of the framework.

CloudKit—the back-end solution from Apple—is easy to use and cost effective compared to its competitors. Leveraging CloudKit enables developers to securely store and sync data across multiple iOS apps and devices. This course covers all the concepts involved in creating a CloudKit-powered app. Instructor Doron Katz shows how to use the dashboard and work with storage objects such as containers, databases, zones, and records. Using a hands-on project, Doron shows how to design a database schema and read and write to the cloud, as well as create entity relationships and implement subscriptions to be notified when data changes. Plus, learn about CloudKit security, testing, and debugging, and advanced concepts such as offline caching and web integration.

Doron Katz