The Cocoapods has a CDN (as of a few months ago) is extremely fast for updates and package installations. For time comparison:
$ pod repo-art cocoapod-remote update
$ pod install (2 small packages)
$ pod repo update
$ pod install
More info on the Cocoapods CDN: http://blog.cocoapods.org/CocoaPods-1.7.2/
Whatever Cocoapods implemented for their CDN is blazingly fast compared to the way Cocoapods used to be. Do you currently have any plans to implement some features to take advantage of the Cocoapods CDN for remote packages?