We have recently enabled a feature that will allow CocoaPods to download the specs over HTTP instead of Git. This will considerably speed up the specs checkout step when running CocoaPods and therefore reduce the total build time for iOS builds.
The feature has been automatically enabled for all customers who use our inferred iOS dependency commands. If you are using iOS inference for the
dependencies step, you will notice a new step, Fetch CocoaPods specs, in your build:
At this moment the feature is only available as an inferred step.
We maintain the service that downloads the specs from Git and makes them available over HTTP. The specs on our HTTP service are updated every 30 minutes.
Please add a comment here if you have any questions about this functionality.