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iOS Frameworks for Mobile Testing


The world is experiencing the zenith of technological and digital revolution. Nearly every business/service or individual is striving to create a strong digital footprint for success. In a competitive & challenging environment, mobile apps can transform the fortune of business. The popularity of mobile apps increases with the coming of an affordable range of smart phones and growing utility due to a mobile app.

One of the most popular and widely used operating systems for smart phones is the iOS. The iOS is the proprietary operating system of the well-known tech giant, Apple, which runs the range of iPhones.

As more and more is sought out of mobile applications, developers feel the challenge of meeting the diversified requirements of an individual from an application. This forces a developer to push the limits and develop an unique app for mobile phones. A uniquely designed mobile app for iPhone requires testing frameworks to check the functionality and performance. Some of the most popular iOS mobile testing frameworks are as follows:

Appium:Appium is one of the most popular iOS testing frameworks available with open-source which tests native, hybrid and mobile web apps. The appium framework connects to the appium server in the background which is used to operate with a connected device using the default appium library function. The framework uses web driver JSON wire protocol for driving Appleā€™s UI automation and is based on iOS auto.

Calabash:Calabash is a popular cross-platform functional testing framework which is used to test iOS and Android apps. The framework is one of the easiest iOS testing frameworks which can also be used by non-developers for functional testing of iOS mobile apps.

Zucchini: Zucchini is again an open source testing framework which tests a variety of iOS application based on Apple UIAutomation using visual techniques. The framework is used to test the functional aspect of an iOS application.

UI Automation: UI Automation testing framework is used for standard functional testing of a mobile app. A tester/developer writes down a code stimulating end-user navigation experience of an app using the UI automation. Various functional/black-box tests can be performed using this framework. The testing framework is provided by Apple and is a verified testing framework which is validated by the company for functional testing of an iOS app.

Frank- BDD for iOS: Frank testing framework allows a tester to create a number of acceptance tests and requirements using cucumber for iOS. Frank is used by a developer if he/she wants to perform end-to-end testing for iOS using BDD and Cucumber.

iPhone Tester: iPhone Tester is a web-based framework to test different web interfaces. The tool uses an iPhone-sized framework to test web interfaces for different iOS apps and can be used in default Safari or any other WebKit-based browser.

iPad Peek: iPad Peek offers a convenient way to test a web application on an iPad interface.

TestStudio: TestStudio is a test automation framework which uses object-based recording technique to ensure accurate results. The framework lets a developer build and run automated test for devices running on iOS.

With the rise in the number of mobile applications, it becomes important to test the mobile apps for ensuring high-quality and streamlined user experience. This is essential as the user relies on an iOS device and expects a great experience. Also, mobile app development is a lengthy and resource oriented process. By testing a mobile app for performance and utility, a developer validates the importance of mobile app development to a client. Using the above tools a developer can easily build tests for iOS devices ensuring high-quality end results and a delightful user experience.