Mobile - iOS

Sprig iOS SDK: installation, implementation, and updates.

Installation

Official Releases of the Sprig iOS SDK (Releases)

This SDK is designed to work with iOS 13 and above.

Versioning

This SDK uses Semantic Versioning 2.0.0.

You can find the latest release version here.

Note: Xcode 14 removes bitcode. This may cause various build issues if you have not updated to the latest xcode version. Checkout Sprig's alpha release for Xcode 13 compatibility.

Installation Methods

There are three ways you can include Sprig in your application:

SPM

In order to install using SPM star the release repository.
Then install the package from main branch:

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CocoaPods

The recommended way to acquire this Framework is via CocoaPods. Add the following statement to your Podfile, then run pod install:

pod 'UserLeapKit'

Then run this command in the same directory that contains your Podfile.

pod install

Installing manually

If you’re unable to use Cocoapods or Carthage, you can also install Sprig manually. Download the latest framework as a zip from our Releases. Unzip the downloaded file and drag the UserLeap.framework folder into your project directory.

Open Xcode and select your project in the “Project Navigator” pane, select your app under “TARGETS”. In the “Frameworks, Libraries, and Embedded Content” section, press “+”, “Add Other…”, “Add Files…” and select the UserLeap.framework folder.

Be sure that UserLeap.framework is in your project settings “Framework Search Paths” or you Xcode will throw the “no such module UserLeap” error.

App size impact

Sprig only uses Foundation, UIKit, SystemConfiguration, and CoreGraphics with no third-party frameworks to provide the smallest disk footprint on your app binary.

The SDK size is 234 KB compressed and 592 KB uncompressed

Note: Compressed is equivalent to the additional size downloaded from the App Store, and uncompressed is the additional size on an iPhone after installation

Methodology: Created a fresh Xcode project with and without UserLeapKit.framework and used the App Size Report tool (Apple docs)

Initializing the SDK

Usage is simple and revolves around a singleton, conveniently named Sprig. The singleton must be configured before it can be used. The most obvious place for this is in your ApplicationDelegate, but do what's appropriate for your application.

import UserLeapKit

class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate {
    func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplication.LaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
        //your app setup
        Sprig.shared.configure(withEnvironment: "ENVIRONMENT_ID")
        return true
    }
}

The ENVIRONMENT_ID for your deployment can be found under the iOS section of your Connect page, in the Sprig dashboard.

Note: configure will only accept 1 environment id, calling it multiple times with different IDs will have no effect.

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Important

Sprig is not thread-safe so please invoke all methods on the main thread. Rest assured that all network and I/O requests are made asynchronously

Identifying users

User ID

Sprig allows you to identify users by supplying a userId. While tracking USER_IDs is optional, it helps to provide a consistent experience across platforms and prevents users from seeing the same study multiple times.

The user identifier should be unique and mappable to your internal user id in some way.

Once a user has logged in to the app, you can set their userId:

Sprig.shared.setUserIdentifier("USER_ID")

This user identifier is stored locally and this method can be called multiple times without issue. We recommend you set the user identifier every time you configure Sprig, and anytime your customers log in.

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Warning

Sprig enforces recontact windows and study eligibility based on the user ID associated with the current user and tracks this user ID across multiple sessions and devices. If no user ID is provided, Sprig will only enforce recontact windows against the current anonymous visitor ID.

Email address

You can also provide Sprig with the user's email address. It is not required for Web and Mobile studies but is required to enable Email-based studies.

Sprig.shared.setEmailAddress("EMAIL_ADDRESS")

Segmenting your users with attributes

Sprig allows you to associate attributes to each user. These attributes are surfaced as study filter options in the Sprig dashboard, and allow you to send studies to users with certain attributes.

//Example of setting a single attribute
Sprig.shared.setVisitorAttribute(key: "KEY", value: "VALUE")

//Example of setting multiple attributes
//TIP: This avoids  multiple requests, rounds trips and reduces data usage
Sprig.shared.setVisitorAttributes([
    "KEY1": "VALUE1",
    "KEY2": "VALUE2"
])

//Remove attributes, if they no longer apply to the user
Sprig.shared.removeVisitorAttributes(["KEY1", "KEY2"])

Sprig automatically provides the following attributes, which are evaluated when the user receives a study:

  • Device type
  • Language
  • Mobile OS

Your team may want to consider setting other common attributes, such as:

  • Location
  • Referral channel
  • A/B test group
  • Network connectivity status
  • Battery level

Tracking user events

Sprig can track events inside your mobile app by calling the trackAndPresent() function and passing the event name as an argument.

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Info

Your engineering team will want to placetrackAndPresent()code after any action or context, denoting to Sprig that the event has occurred. If your colleague used the UI to add a No Code event to be used with your Mobile deployment, you will want to name it identically. To locate visit the Events tab, locate the event and then select the event. Once there, you will see the snippet by toggling.

Sprig.shared.trackAndPresent(eventName: "EVENT_NAME")

These events can be used as part of your filters for triggering a study, but will not display a study to your users.

Displaying studies to users

Instead of strictly tracking when user events occur, you can send events to Sprig and also display a study, should the user qualify for one. We can do this by using the trackAndPresent() call.

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Sprig will automatically check if a user is eligible based on your study's filter constraints, and determine study eligibility for you. Your team does not need to code additional logic that validates a user's attribute criteria, before sending events to us.

Sprig.shared.trackAndPresent(eventName: "EVENT_NAME", from: YOUR_VIEW_CONTROLLER)
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Example Survey

Verifying your Event-based Studies

There are checks in place to ensure we show studies at the right time, see Recontact Waiting Period. To test that your studies show the right attributes and events set, set up the SDK with your development ENVIRONMENT_ID. This will bypass throttling, and the recontact window.

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Warning

While studies can be configured to trigger and display from multiple events, only one of those events needs to occur to display a study (assuming a user also meets your study's filter criteria).

User logout

When a user logs out of your app, make sure to log that user out of the Sprig SDK. This will prevent any new activity from being associated with the wrong user.

Sprig.shared.logout()

Set Locale

Sprig can set the locale of a study with the set.Local() function. The following locales are supported:

  • de
  • en
  • es-es
  • fr
  • hi
  • ja
  • ko
  • pt-br
  • ru
  • zh

To set the local to Switzerland, for iOS:

Sprig.shared.setLocale('zh')

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Info

Setting the locale will only set the static texts. This function does NOT exist in React Native, only in iOS and Android.

iOS SDK Updates

We adhere to Semver for versioning our SDKs so upgrading between minor versions or patches (e.g. 2.0.0 -> 2.1.0 or 3.1.0 > 3.2.1) should not present any breaking changes. The Github page contains the release logs.

Upgrading from 3.1.1 to 3.2.0/4.x.x

Note: 3.2.0 is the same as 4.0.0, we've bumped the major version to signify that versions below 3.2.0 will be disabled/deprecated by Feb 12, 2021

Changes:

  • Sprig.shared.visitorIdentifier which returns NSNumber? will always return nil for new visitors. Use the Sprig.shared.visitorIdentifierString which returns String?

Upgrading from 2.x.x to 3.1.1

There are 2 breaking changes in this upgrade:

Visitor Identifier Getter

To better support the Objective-C runtime, we have changed the return type of Sprig.shared.visitorIdentifier from Int? to NSNumber?. If you are using visitorIdentifier in your codebase and expect it to be an Int, call intValue on that value if it is non-nil.

UserLeap init() calls are officially deprecated

As with all versions of this SDK, use the provided single Sprig.shared instead.

How to upgrade

Cocoapods

Locate your Podfile that has declared UserLeapKit as a dependency and update the version number to the latest release listed (e.g. pod 'UserLeapKit', '~> 3.2.0' ) and then run pod install

Carthage

Add run carthage update in the same directory as your Cartfile

Manual

If you linked the UserLeapKit framework manually through Xcode, download the latest release listed and follow the instructions for Installing Manually