Apple begins notifying developers who get an expedited Apple Watch

By Jake Smith on Apr 23, 2015

Apple has begun notifying developers who signed up for the Apple Watch Sport lottery on the Developer Center if they have been randomly selected to make the purchase. It allows many who pay the $100 iOS Developer Program fee to bypass the long waitlist of Apple Watch orders the public is facing and get the Watch earlier.  Read More


Apple gives developers a chance for an expedited Apple Watch order

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2015

Apple on Tuesday began sending out emails to select iOS developers, giving them the chance to purchase a 42mm Apple Watch with a Blue Sport band that is guaranteed to arrive by April 28, 2015. Supplies are of course extremely limited, so Apple says that it is choosing the developers via a lottery system.

The move is part of an ongoing effort to help app developers test their WatchKit apps directly on Apple Watch, which can help them gather much better performance data than the Mac simulator. Prior to pre-orders, Apple was said to be inviting some developers to its Cupertino headquarters for such testing. Read More


Apple begins notifying WWDC 2015 ticket lottery winners

By Jake Smith on Apr 19, 2015

Were you lucky enough to get a ticket to the “epicenter of change”?

Instead of putting up tickets and letting the fastest purchase them within minutes, Apple now uses a lottery system to sell tickets to its World Wide Developers Conference.

The 2015 lottery for a chance to get a WWDC ticket ended at 10AM PST on Friday, and over the weekend, Apple began notifying developers who signed up for a chance to attend the five-day, twenty-sixth in a row WWDC if they get a ticket or not. Read More


Learn to create games with the Unity3D Game Developer Bundle – 91% off

By iDB Deals on Apr 14, 2015

If you’ve ever aspired to create mobile or console games, now’s your chance to make it happen. With the Unity3D Game Developer Course Bundle, you can learn to bring games to life, even if you don’t have much existing programming knowledge. This bundle includes 7 complete courses and over 40 hours of content to get you started creating games on the world’s leading open-source games engines. Best of all, it’s 91% off from iDB Deals today. Read More


Apple’s ResearchKit available today to developers and medical researchers

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2015

Today, Apple’s made good on its promise to make ResearchKit available to developers and medical researchers. As announced in a media release Tuesday, medical researchers can tap into ResearchKit to write custom apps while developers are permitted to contribute new research modules to ResearchKit.

ResearchKit was designed as an open source software framework to help doctors and scientists mass-gather accurate data from participants using specialized iPhone apps. With today’s ResearchKit release, it’s now possible to create medical apps for Android in a true open-source fashion. Read More


Selfie sticks and monopods banned from WWDC

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2015

Apple this morning announced that its annual developers conference will be kicking off on Monday, June 8, and already social media is trending with news of a revised terms prohibiting the use of selfie sticks and monopods at the show.

“You may not use selfie sticks or similar monopods within Moscone West,” or in the whole Yerba Buena Gardens area around it for that matter, as per this note describing attendance policy available on Apple’s WWDC 2015 webpage.

So what’s going on here? Read More


Apple announces WWDC 2015 for June 8-12

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2015

Apple’s annual summer pilgrimage for its Mac and iOS developers, the Worldwide Developers Conference, is kicking off on Monday, June 8, 2015 and lasting through Friday, June 12, the company confirmed this morning.

The five-day conference, twenty-sixth in a row, will take place at San Francisco’s Moscone West, “with more sessions than ever before streamed” online.

Like prior WWDCs, this year’s conference will give Apple’s developer community and users around the world much more than a glimpse into the future of iOS and OS X. Read More


Apple seeds first iOS 8.4 beta to developers with all-new Music app

By Cody Lee on Apr 13, 2015

Apple seeded the first beta of iOS 8.4 to developers on Monday, less than a week after releasing iOS 8.3 to the public. Today’s beta includes an all-new stock Music application, which Apple says will make exploring your music collection “easier and more fun.”

The app features a beautiful, more-simplified design, with quick access to things like recently-added music and your custom playlists. It also offers a more streamlined iTunes Radio experience, a new Global Search option, Up Next queuing and much more. Read More


Apple reminds developers of upcoming 64-bit requirement for app updates

By Sébastien Page on Apr 8, 2015

As a reminder to developer, Apple published on its developer portal today that starting June 1, 2015, all app updates submitted to the App Store will have to include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. While the move probably won’t affect active developers who are already in compliance, smaller developer who haven’t updated their apps for iOS 8 or 64-bit devices yet will have some catching up to do, and it’s only good for us users. Read More


Apple opens up early Watch access to more developers ahead of launch

By Cody Lee on Apr 6, 2015

Apple has opened up early Apple Watch access to more developers ahead of its April 24 launch, reports the Financial Times. The company had previously allowed select, high profile developers to visit its Cupertino campus and use working versions of the device, but within the last two weeks it has expanded the offer to ~20 devs per day.

The program is huge for developers, allowing them to test their apps on a working device, rather than the Mac-based simulator Apple released last year. It’s also very secretive, as entrants are asked to sign strict non-disclosure agreements, and forced to work in conference rooms draped with curtains and guarded by Apple security. Read More


Apple starts accepting Watch apps from all devs ahead of April 24 launch

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

Apple today said that each and every registered iOS developer can submit their apps for the Apple Watch built on the ne WatchKit framework which rolled out in mid-November 2014.

Up until now, only a handful of cherry-picked developers were allowed to write apps for the Watch and invited to test them out on actual Watch devices on Apple’s Cupertino campus. Read More


Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 beta 6 to developers, public testers

By Jake Smith on Mar 30, 2015

Apple seeded another beta of OS X 10.10.3 on Monday for both members of the Mac Developer Center and public beta testers. The new build, available to download through the Mac App Store’s Software Update mechanism, carries the build number 14D127 – compared to the previous build number of 14D113 that was released one week ago. Read More


Apple seeds fifth OS X 10.10.3 beta for developers and public testers

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

Apple seeded the fifth beta of OS X 10.10.3 on Monday, available to download for registered developers and public AppleSeed beta testers. The beta, carrying build number 14D113c, is available to download via the Updates tab of the Mac App Store or from the Mac Developer Center. Read More


Swifty helps you learn to code in Swift directly from your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Want to learn to code in Apple’s new programming language, Swift? There’s now an app for that, too! Swifty for the iPhone and iPad may be the best introduction to programming you’ve ever used.

Created by develop Johannes Berger, not only is the iOS app a great insight into Apple’s new programming language for third-party iOS and OS X development, but a comprehensive guide which will tech you Swift basics and coding with more than two-hundred interactive lectures. Read More


Apple seeds new OS X 10.10.3 beta to developers, public testers

By Cody Lee on Mar 16, 2015

Apple seeded a new beta of its upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update this morning. The software, labeled build 14D105g, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store for public testers, as well as the online Dev Center for all Mac developers.

The release comes less than a week after the previous OS X 10.10.3 beta, and it appears that it is nearly identically to its predecessor, save for a fix for a problem that prevented beta 3 from working with the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 8.3 beta 3 to developers

By Jake Smith on Mar 12, 2015

Following the public release of iOS 8.2 earlier this week with Apple Watch support, Apple is continuing development of iOS 8.3 by seeding the third beta on Thursday.

Developers registered with Apple can download the beta over-the-air on their iPhone or iPad or from the Developer Center. Apple says the update “contains bug fixes and improvements,” but there’s also new features.  Read More


Android devs earned $7 billion in past 12 months, paid search ads coming to Play store

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Google’s Play store has paid about seven billion dollars in revenue to Android app makers over the past 12 months, the company said Thursday. By comparison, Apple paid out ten billion dollars in 2014 App Store revenue to iPhone and iPad devs.

With more than 100 billion searches every month on, the company has now kicked off a pilot program designed to inject sponsored search results into the Play store apps. Read More


Swift Developer Course: learn how to develop iPhone and iPad apps for iOS 8

By iDB Deals on Feb 14, 2015

With iOS app developers making over $10 billion in 2014, it seems like everyone wants a piece of the pie. There are already 1.4 million apps on the App Store made by dev-houses big and small, with thousands of new developers adding to the ecosystem each year. If you capitalize on this deal from the iDB Deals store, you could be one of them, and maybe get a slice of that $10 billion pie.

With the technology and resources available, it’s relatively easy and accessible to become an app developer yourself. The first and most difficult step, however, is learning how to program and develop iOS apps. That’s where this deal comes in: the Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developer Course contains over 70 hours of content to teach you how to develop for iOS. Read More


Apple asks devs to blur out guns and nudity on App Store screenshots and promotional footage

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2015

Apple is determined to make the App Store a safe playground for children and has begun enforcing its own long-standing which requires that app icons, screenshots and video previews adhere to the 4+ age rating, PocketGamer reports.

Developers who do not censor the App Store marketing material will see their apps rejected from the store. A few devs corroborated Apple’s intent to make the App Store family-friendly and inoffensive.

Some of the developers who voiced their concern include Tempo developer Splash Damage, creators of Gang Nations and Bullet Rush and many others. Read More


Apple increases size limit of app packages from 2GB to 4GB

By Cody Lee on Feb 12, 2015

Apple announced this afternoon that it has increased the size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect to 4GB. That’s double the previous size limit of 2GB, which had been in place since the App Store launched in 2008.

The move should appease both developers and game-makers, who have been struggling to keep their app sizes under 2GB despite the multiple increases in display resolutions of Apple’s various mobile devices over the past several years. Read More

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