Apple iOS 7 Tech Talks (teaser 001)

Back in April, Apple announced it will be holding a series of Tech Talks focused on iOS 7 some time this Fall. With the software now out in the wild and the iPhone 5s/5c officially released, the company today moved to announce a tour schedule for a bunch of technical sessions which are set to take place across major cities the world over.

It’s a unique opportunity for developers to convene with Apple engineers and evangelists outside the jam-packed WWDC and discuss developing for iOS 7 in a more personal setting and with hands-on labs targeting both iOS 7 app and game developers…

According to the schedule available at Apple’s Dev Center, iOS 7 Tech Talks are coming to San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Berlin and London.

Get in-depth guidance about developing for iOS 7, learn practical coding tips and tricks, and obtain valuable one-on-one programming and design assistance in our lab. Choose which day is best for you — app developer day or game developer day.

The iOS 7 Tech Talks kicks off on Tuesday, October 8 in San Francisco, followed by New York (October 15), Tokyo (November 6), Shanghai (November 12), Berlin (December 12) and London (December 17).

Only members of Apple’s paid iOS Developer Program or iOS Developer Enterprise Program can apply. Attendees will be randomly selected from qualified applicants.

Each city tour kicks off with sessions dedicated to building iOS 7-friendly apps which take advantage of the new multitasking APIs, dynamic motion, iBeacon and other new technologies. Equally important are in-depth sessions about iOS 7 technologies aimed at games, such as the new Sprite Kit and  Game Controllers frameworks, the latest OpenGL ES 3.0 support and Game Center improvements.

Apple says folks can only apply for a single day at the iOS 7 Tech Talks: either the first day which is devoted to app developers or the following day that covers games development.

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Additionally, Apple’s engineers will cover moving to 64‑bit computing and harnessing the power of the iPhone 5s’s A7 processor. The company should also clear up the confusion surrounding its secret App Store app placement policy.

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Earlier today, super publisher Electronic Arts denied paying big bucks to Apple in order to withhold the Android edition of Plants vs. Zombies 2. People have suspected for a long time Apple must be giving a group of cherry-picked developers prominent placement for their App Store apps and games, in exchange for a period of exclusivity (actually, that one’s the console guys’ invention).

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Apple says one of the sessions is designed to give developers a better understanding of “how apps get selected and featured on the App Store”.

Other sessions strive to explain how new iOS 7 technologies can help reduce apps’ bundle size whilst detailing how layering, tinting, Text Kit, motion effects, dynamics and animation can make third-party software more usable, unique and intuitive.

  • Jonathan

    I like the cover photo..

  • David Gitman

    “please improve ios 7 performance!” – iPhone 4 users

    • Jonathan

      Most likely not happening. The iPhone 4 has an A4 chip (256 MB of RAM). You’re rather lucky you even had the opportunity to upgrade to iOS 7. I have an iPod Touch 4 and 5, and with the 4th gen on iOS 6, it’s pretty slow (also has A4 chip). So I’m not surprised your iPhone is struggling a little. There’s no much Apple can do. You would need hardware upgrades, which would mean a newer iPhone.

      • David Gitman

        dude, iphone 4 have 512MB ram thats why its still here and not ipod 4 .. but I prefer that they didnt even give ios 7 to iphone 4. I dont want to use a phone that lags..
        thanks for the reply

      • Jonathan

        Oh, you’re right. I thought with A4 went 256 MB. My bad. Still though, I think it’s time you treat yourself to an upgrade. 🙂

      • David Gitman

        I need to wait to fnish paying for my iphone 🙁 I can upgrade only in january

      • Jonathan

        Bummer… what’s 4 months?

      • David Gitman

        I will stop paying for iphone 4 🙁

      • Glorin

        since iOS6 was snappy in many areas, iOS7 is not, even in not CPU intensive apps, like Photos, laggy as hell.

      • mehrab

        It”ll be foxed in ios 7.1 or whatever they call it, if not then

    • dedegarrido

      buy a new phone… it’s time already.

      • David Gitman


    • ic0dex

      Please update your iPhone to a iPhone 5, 5C or 5S 🙂

      • David Gitman

        heheh 😀 I can upgrade only in january

      • ic0dex

        Dude when did you buy your iPhone 4? Anyways January is just around the corner if I were you I would wait you can get the iPhone 5S around that time for $150. I have the iPhone 5 and as much as I want the iPhone 5S I think I’m going to wait this on out till iPhone 6 and hope for a bigger (wider) screen.

      • David Gitman

        yeah I am going to upgrade to 5S

        I bought the phone at 30/12/2012

    • Also, iOS downgrades should be allowed.

      But I think you’ll get lucky with the iOS 7.1 update. All tests by developers indicate that there’s a huge improvement on the iPhone 4 performance.

      • David Gitman

        I already bought 5s silver 16GB ^^

  • chumawumba

    That Tokyo icon looks really stupid. At least put the circle in the center!

    • Andy

      At least I can recognize that icon, but what’s representing the New York icon? It’s not obvious at all unless you’re American I guess.

      • Cesar D

        Taxis, lot of taxis there

      • Jakob

        Yeah but its so stupid, and not only that New York changed the colors of the Taxi’s from yellow to green this year.

  • Neil Sardesai

    San Francisco looks like clipart.
    New York would be better without the gradient.
    Tokyo isn’t bad.
    Shanghai is pretty ugly.
    That purple in Berlin is awful.
    London actually looks pretty good.

  • Henry Sullivan

    iOS7 – I have on my account 5 iPhones (2 iphone 5’s and 3 iphone 4’s) and an iPad as well. Been a technican for 20 years and have never seen an upgrade this bad before.

    1. Who thought of having white icons to group applications? The black icons that were there, we should have a choice, and it would have been better if it was transparent.
    2. Swiped to read a text message and the phone completely rebooted? What the heck is up with that? (Its not like I was out of storage space or had a lot of programs open. 2.6GB available.)
    3. The swiping to close programs take twice a long to close out of applications now instead of just tapping on the “X” over and over again.
    4. Why move the “search” feataure at all? If something isn’t broken don’t fix it.
    5. I use mophie packs on all the iphones to save and provide more battery life. The new iOS7 has been using up more battery power than the last iOS that was being used. Even when I tweak the device by turning down the brightness, turning off extra settings, etc.
    6. The Safari browser is the worst beyond everything. It has the white bars coming on the screen ever time scrolling up and down internet pages when having to readjust your eyes.
    7. Going from program to program when pressing home button and switching sometimes is now taking 2-3 times longer than it used to.
    I don’t know about everyone else in the Apple world, but I am thinking now about going over to a Droid due to this taking place.

  • Brakken

    I wish the icons for the different countries had been made on icons of the key cities. The flag for Japan doesn’t sit well – should be Fuji at a minimum. How about the latest Shinkansen?
    Can’t wait to see how the A7+M7 pan out!