I will not write too much in this post, just wanted to provide a link for a free mobile automation tool for iOS web/GUI applications which is available in the App Store
The tool provides a simple record/replay mechanism on the iOS native platform and fits basic and not too complex web and native applications.
Soon it should allow sync of the test results and more in the cloud.
Test Studio for iOS does not use image based element detection. It relies on object based recording instead.
I recommend to give it a try