By Cody Lee on May 20, 2013
Are you not getting enough Facebook in your life? Do you find yourself wishing that your third party apps offered better integration for the social network? If you answered yes to either one of these questions, you’ll love this.
Facebook just announced that it’s pulling the native Share Dialog feature it introduced last month out of beta today. This will allow developers to add sharing features from the social network to their apps with a single line of code… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 7, 2013
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Gmail update—which added the ability for users to choose to use Google’s iOS apps over their stock counterparts—Google has published a blog post reminding iOS devs that they too can utilize Google’s offerings.
Particularly, it spotlights Chrome integration in the post, informing third-party developers that they can use a simple callback function in their apps that will launch web links in Chrome (if it’s available, obviously) instead of mobile Safari… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 7, 2013
Apple’s removal of AppGratis last month sent a clear message to developers that it’s going to start clamping down on app discovery apps. That was the second time in the past six months that it had pulled such an app from the App Store.
And it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop with just app discovery apps either. According to a new report, Apple has begun rejecting third-party applications that allow you to filter, bookmark, search for, or share App Store apps as well… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 3, 2013
Apple has come under heavy fire in recent years by critics for outsourcing its manufacturing jobs to Asia. Folks don’t like the fact that while the US struggles with unemployment, it pays Chinese factory workers to build its products just to save a few dollars.
In response to the criticism, Apple posted a new page on its website last year touting the more than 500,000 jobs it’s either created or supported in the US with its business. In fact, according to its records, its app economy alone created 80,000 jobs last year… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 21, 2013
After more than a year of warnings, it looks like Apple’s finally putting the kibosh on the use of Unique Device Identifiers. An announcement was posted to the iOS developer portal this afternoon that starting May 1, apps using UDIDs will not be approved.
But that’s not all. In addition to the UDID deadline, Apple has also informed developers that after May 1, all new apps and app updates must be built for iOS devices with Retina displays and iPhone apps must support the 4-inch display on iPhone 5… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 28, 2013
Yesterday, we told you about Tapbots’ entertaining way it deals with folks who pirate its popular Tweetbot app. If you download the Twitter client without paying for it, it will auto-insert an embarrassing phrase into its Tweet sheet.
But the guys on the Tapbots team aren’t the only ones having fun with pirates. Jake Marsh, creator of the new Conditions weather app, also takes a creative approach in dealing with people who steal his work. Check it out… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2013
Believe it or not, Apple has seeded a beta for another iOS update to developers today. The company has already issue two software updates, 6.1.1 and 6.1.2, in as many weeks, and only released iOS 6.1 three weeks ago.
Today’s developer software is marked as iOS 6.1.3 beta 2. The first beta was actually sent out earlier this month, known as iOS 6.1.1 beta 1, but it’s been renamed to iOS 6.1.3 due to the recent iOS bug-fixing updates… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2013
When Google released its standalone Maps app for iOS back in December of last year, it also seeded an SDK to select developers. The software development kit allows developers to integrate Google’s mapping data into their apps.
Today, Google has lifted the limitation, opening up its Maps SDK to all developers. The announcement comes alongside a nice little update to the dev kit, which now features ground overlays, and other new mapping tools… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 6, 2013
It’s only been a week since Apple released iOS 6.1 to the public, and it’s already hard at work on the software’s next update. The iPhone-maker has seeded the first beta of iOS 6.1.1 to developers this morning, bringing the build to version 10B311.
It’s also worth noting that today’s beta arrives just 48 hours after the iOS 6.x evasi0n jailbreak was released. So obviously, those of you who are jailbroken that have access to today’s software update will want to avoid it until it’s investigated…
By Cody Lee on Feb 4, 2013
Apple last week posted an announcement to its developer portal, informing app-makers that they can now use short (or ‘vanity’) URLs to send out links to their App Store apps. For instance, a link to the iWork app would be appstore.com/iwork.
Typically, links to Apple-hosted software are comprised of lengthy URLs with ID numbers—nearly impossible for anyone to remember. But Apple is hoping that these new short URLs will make it easier for developers to market their apps… Read More
By Mike Schnier on Jan 24, 2013
Want to get started coding apps for iOS? Stanford University is relaunching their class ‘Coding Together: Developing Apps for iPhone and iPad‘, with new material for iOS 6. We previously reported on the class in 2011. Since enrollment in the class is free on iTunes U and on Piazza, all you really need to participate is enough familiarity programming in C to get you through a couple first-year computer science credits. Over the course of the program, the class will teach students to program in Objective C.
The class is short, running from January 22nd to March 28th. While the class has already started, you can still sign up for enrollment on iTunes U and on Piazza as late as February 1st. You can also peek at the free lectures on iTunes if you are curious… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2013
Well-known member of the jailbreak community pod2g has been grabbing a lot of headlines lately, but not for his usual iOS exploiting efforts. The 30-something French hacker recently released his first iOS app: podDJ.
Now that the app’s complete, pod2g is looking to tackle his next project. And if you happen to have something that you’re working on that you think could benefit from his special skill sets, he’s offering up his services… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 9, 2013
Have you ever downloaded an app on your iPhone or iPad, and it didn’t look anything like the screenshots in the App Store? If so, you wouldn’t be alone. Switching screenshots after Apple has approved an app has become a popular tactic for scammers.
But we have some good news this afternoon. Apple announced to developers today that, starting this week, all App Store screenshots will be locked after they are approved. And they’ll stay that way until a developer submits a binary for an app update… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 3, 2012
Apple has seeded a third beta of iOS 6.1 to developers this morning. The update, which includes “bug fixes and other improvements,” comes nearly three weeks after beta 2. The new firmware is now available via an OTA update or through Apple’s developer portal… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2012
Apple just seeded its registered developers with the second beta of iOS 6.1. The software follows November 1 release of the first iOS 6.1 beta which brought out MapsKit improvements and other tidbits.
Beta 2 has a build number of 10B5105c versus 10B5095f for Beta 1. Apple says iOS 6 Beta 2 contains bug fixes and improvements over iOS 6.0.1, in addition to tweaks like a new information card in the Passbook app.
A new beta of the Apple TV software is also available. The new iOS 6.1 beta is available for the various iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV devices. Apple’s registered developers can download them via the company’s developer portal.
The iPhone maker also released Xcode 4.6 Developer Preview 2 today (build 4H95e), its preferred development environment for third-parties that write Mac and iOS apps. Your release notes and additional info are right below… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 2, 2012
This is kind of interesting. With iOS 6 bringing expanded emoji support, it looks like Apple has decided to do something about the large number of emoji apps in the App Store.
According to a new report, several developers have received letters from the company, stating that their emoji apps are being removed now that the feature is built-in to iOS… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 10, 2012
With all of the criticism and complaints Apple has received over its new Maps application in iOS 6, you have to wonder, how did it not know that it had all of these issues? Isn’t that what the three month beta testing period was for?
Well apparently, Apple was aware of the problems. A number of developers have come forward this week saying they submitted several bug reports to the company regarding Maps issues in the months leading up to its launch… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2012
The iPhone 5′s iSight camera on the back features the same eight-megapixel sensor as its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, only thinner and with sapphire lens cover. In addition, the module has been improved for better low-light performance, yielding major quality improvements when snapping up your photos under artificial light or in low-light situations. And now, developer can optionally tap the iPhone 5′s low-light camera mode in their own apps, which bodes well for dozens upon dozens of photography apps in the App Store… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2012
It was reported that some users earlier this morning were faced with an endless loop preventing downloads because Apple updated the App Store terms and conditions. The company has quickly resolved the hiccup, but now another interesting change in terms indicates Apple could be clamping on apps which promote titles from a different developer… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2012
It seems that Apple is starting to take some major steps to cut down on the amount of copyright and content infringement found in iTunes, and more specifically, the App Store.
Yesterday, we noted that it had rejected an app because its icon looked too similar to that of another. And today we’ve learned that it’s launched new copyright claims tools… Read More