Readit | iOS Universal Social News App Template (Swift)

Readit | iOS Universal Social News App Template (Swift)

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iOS and Android versions can share the same database on back4app

25 Apr 2020
• Fixed a crashing issue on home page and account details screen while loading news title
• Imporved a code to support iOS 13+ and xcode 11+ versions
• Implemented the Apple Signin method as a new feature.
3 Sep 2019
• Improved the design of News (Home screen) list by adding some separators with views and added color with contrast shades.
• Updated the comments screen by adjusting comment by and comments text with new design pattern followed by the latest apps.
• Updated design of login and sign up screens with newly added views behind the text fields and buttons, also rounded corners of views and buttons.
• Updated the design of user profile and post link screens with rounded corners of views and color contrast with the background. 
• Fixed design issues of all screens according to iPhone X, and XS Max. 
25 May 2018
• Accordingly to the new EU GDPR terms, I've updated the 'tou.html' file and Documentation.
IMPORTANT: This means that if a User asks for his/her Account deletion, you must do it within 24 hours, as the GDPR's "Right to be forgotten" Article states (LINK:
3 April 2018
• Updated to Xcode 9.3
11 October 2017
• Changed UIAlertView into UIAlertController instances in 
• Added Push notification code into AppDelegate.swift, Home.swift and Comments.swift files
• Updated the User Guide
• Added a main.js file in the package (for Push Notifications system)
• Changed UIAlertView code into UIAlertViewController into Home.swift, Comments.swift and Account.swift 
25 September 2017
• Updated to Xcode 9, Swift 4, iOS 11
• Set Swift 3 @objc Inference as Default in Build Settings
• Edited the 'forgotPasswButt()' method in Login.swift
• Set the frame.origin.y = 84 for the searchView and sortView views in the 'showSearchView()' and 'showSortView()' methods in Home.swift, because of iPhone X layout
• Removed this line into 'viewDidLoad()' in Home.swift and Account.swift:
      newsTableView.contentInset = UIEdgeInsetsMake(-50, 0, 0, 0)

• Added a 1125x2436px png image (iPhone X launch image) into Assets.xcassets -> Brand Assets image set
• Adjusted some views in the Storyboard, because of iPhone X layout 
• Edited the 'func showBanner()' methods in order to display banner ads properly in iPhone X
• Unchecked the Runtime API Checking | Main Thread Checker in Edit Scheme -> Diagnostics, accordingly to this post:

Readit is a Universal App template that works similarly to website, you can login/sign up for an account and post links to the news you want, vote and share them on social networks or email, and also comment them. Your account screen includes the list of your posts and the saved ones (you can only save news from other users since your own ones will be automatically added to your account’s page).
You should also daily check your Parse Dashboard for reported News or Comments and take actions for them.

Since its backend is by Parse Server, you don’t have to buy any domain/hosting, there are NO PHP files to upload to a web server so you’ll save some money for server side.

Readit is a native XCode project, Swift language, super easy to customize, Universal, Parse SDK hosted on

About Parse SDK and back4app

Read this article for more info about back4app and Parse SDK:

Can I host Parse Server on my own server?

Yes, although I don’t provide support for the setup process, you can read the official Guide here:

I get a Code signing error in Xcode 8.x

That’s a bug of Xcode 8 with macOS Sierra, check this sample video to see how to fix it:

How to remove AdMob banner ads

Check this video out to see how to remove the code that shows AdMob banners: Keep in mind that you must repeat the shown steps for every .swift file that contains this line on the top:
import GoogleMobileAds

What about free support for this template?

I can offer free support for bugs encountered in the original code. Instead, if you’ve edited the code and messed something up with it, I may apply some fee to fix it either via TeamViewer or by checking your app project files directly on my computer.

Should I use the latest version of Xcode to edit this template?

Yes, I always update my apps to the latest version of the IDE.

Why do I need to have login from Apple Account in the app?

Yes, because from 30th April 2020, APPLE authorities restricted the apps using 3rd party login from FACEBOOK, GOOGLE etc should also integrate “APPLE SIGN IN” method in the app. For reference: APPLE SIGN IN GUIDELINES

Terms & Policy about Back4App

Users are bound to change the back4App keys and APP keys after purchasing the source code and all the related stuff from CUBYCODE. As CUBYCODE will reserve the rights to take some legal actions, if users continue to use company’s account of Back4App for their testing purposes.


  • XCode 11.4+ project – Swift 4.5+ – 64bit
  • Universal – Storyboard – iOS 13.5+
  • AdMob banners
  • Report inappropriate Posts and Comments
  • Works with Parse SDK hosted on back{4}app
  • Easily post your links, give them a title, choose a category
  • PDF User Guide included
  • PSD graphics included
  • Easy to customize, well commented code

  • Apple Mac with its latest OS version installed
  • The latest version of Xcode and some knowledge about its UI interface
  • Photoshop or any other image editor software
  • An Apple Developer account to submit apps to the App Store
  • An AdMob account to generate your own banner UNIT ID
  • A free account on


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