By Cody Lee on Dec 9, 2013
Interested in learning how to code? Then you may want to stop by your local Apple Store. Apple has joined the likes of Google and Microsoft in participating in the Hour of Code program, and will be hosting free one-hour classes at its stores this week.
The Hour of Code project aims to demystify computer science for students and show them that anyone can learn the basics of programming. And it does this by offering up introductory tutorials that can be completed online, a smartphone or unplugged… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2013
Winocm, the developer leading the work on the iOS 6.1.3/4 jailbreak, has managed to port iOS to a non-Apple device. The photo you see above is the iOS core, known as the “XNU Kernel,” running on a Nokia N900 smartphone.
The port is extremely primitive, as it doesn’t include any of iOS’s or OS X’s user-interface elements and cannot be run as a useable operating system. But it does signal a major development for the ongoing open source project… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2013
Following a nice demo at last year’s iPhone 5 keynote, NaturalMotion studios today finally released its long-expected Clumsy Ninja, a free download for both the iPhone and iPad.
This Tamagotchi-like game invites you train your ninja, teach him new tricks and moves, customize him with suits and headbands and what not. Apple was quick to feature the game as Editor’s Choice and what’s really interesting is that the description includes a video trailer, a first for the App Store.
It’s unclear whether that’s a one-off convenience or if Apple is actually ushering in a new ear of better marketing for app developers. Either way, we’re not complaining… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2013
Apple released its OS X 10.9 Mavericks as a free Mac App Store upgrade on October 22.
As is the norm with new OS releases, while these things tend to address complaints and issues from the previous version they frequently introduce new ones as well.
For example, immediately after Mavericks went live a bunch of people started complaining about a new and annoying Gmail issue in the stock Mail app.
This past Friday, the company supplied its registered Mac developers with the first beta release of what would become the OS X 10.9.1 software update. The software focuses on graphics enhancements and is said to squash the remaining Mail bugs… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2013
Apple has just released the first beta of what would become the major iOS 7.1 software update containing a bunch of fixes and tweaks, including the updated Yahoo logo, performance improvements, a new HDR Auto feature in the Camera app and more. To go along with the software, the Cupertino company also posted an accompanying Apple TV beta software which contains an interesting iPad content mirroring feature. Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 15, 2013
It’s that time of year again. The holidays are just a few weeks away, which means that cold weather, major Black Friday sales, and of course the annual iTunes Connect shutdown are all rapidly approaching.
In fact, Apple sent out an email to developers today, notifying them of the upcoming iTunes Connect closing. The tool, which devs use to submit and manage their apps, will be offline from December 21-27… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2013
Apple has updated its App Store Marketing Guidelines and is now advising developers against using images of the gold iPhone 5s in their marketing materials. According to the new rules, apps carried on the App Store can’t feature screenshots on gold iPhone 5s devices nor can such shots be used in other materials used for marketing communications.
Developers should “feature only the most current Apple products”, the updated guideline notes, specifically mentioning the following finishes or colors: iPhone 5s in silver or space gray, iPhone 5c in white or blue, iPad Air in silver or space gray and iPad mini in silver or space gray… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 29, 2013
Great news gamers! Apple has finally given developers the ability to manage their Game Center leaderboard listings for their games. The company posted the announcement yesterday afternoon on its developer portal.
Of course, the big deal here is that game-makers can now delete all of those ridiculous fake scores you see sitting at the top of various leaderboards, but the change will also allow them to block players who post them… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2013
A little over a month ago, Apple started letting customers download older versions of App Store apps. This handy new capability was designed to allow folks on legacy hardware to download the last compatible app version for their outdated iOS build. Up until then, the most recent app version available had used to render all of the previously submitted app builds inaccessible in the Mac App Store.
The same ‘Previous Versions’ feature is now coming to the Mac App Store, writes Apple in its memo to the registered Mac developer community, adding devs can now “let users download an older version” of their apps. I’ve got more information right below… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 15, 2013
Apple has begun sending email notices asking its registered Mac developers to submit their OS X Mavericks-optimized apps. The timing of the communique is especially eyebrow-raising given the October 22 media event invites went out today as “we still have a lot to cover”.
Jumping ahead of oneself, one might conclude this signals an imminent Mavericks release. In reality, it’d clearly make more sense to release Mavericks alongside the refreshed Mac notebooks.
For what it’s worth, a source that stepped forward this morning has pinpointed an October 24 or 25 release date for the upcoming Haswell-based MacBook Pros… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 15, 2013
It’s funny because it seems like every time we mention the app ‘Launch Center Pro’—it received a big 2.0 update last week—and what it does, people ask: “how is it able to do a lot of what it does without infringing on Apple’s guidelines?”
Well as it turns out, it can’t. According to Contrast developer David Barnard, Apple called the team to let them know that Launch Center Pro is using ‘undocumented app URLs,’ and has asked that it remove them for at least 7 iOS apps… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2013
Folks anxious for Apple to release OS X Mavericks to the public will be happy to hear that the final beta version of the next generation OS was sent out to Mac developers this evening.
Apple labeled the release ‘GM,’ also known as Golden Master, which essentially means that this is the same build that users will see. It also usually means that a launch isn’t too far behind… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 25, 2013
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… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2013
Following a storm of criticism by disgruntled parents and after being forced to refund tens of thousands of dollars in individual cases of kids inadverntendly ratcheting up their parents’ iTunes bill with in-app purchases (here’s how to turn these off), Apple finally caved in.
Thursday morning, the company has unveiled a new ‘Kids’ category on the App Store. Designed to give parents a piece of mind, the new sections hosts a selection of carefully curated apps for children. Apps are sorted thematically in sub-sections such as ‘Create & Play’ and ‘Shapes & Colors’ and shortcuts to apps that are ‘Best for Ages 5 & Under’, ‘Best for Ages 6-8′ and ‘Best for Ages 9-11′… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2013
Yesterday, we told you about an unexpected improvement of the App Store backend which results in customers being able to grab older versions of apps. This is especially useful to those who may be browsing the App Store using an older device with one of the older iOS versions.
For those people, attempting to download, say, the latest version of an app would produce a prompt offering the last compatible version available for their legacy hardware, provided the app at some point supported their hardware.
Thursday, we received a word that Apple now allows developers to use the iTunes Connect portal to specify which apps and what versions should be made available to owners of legacy software through the App Store… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2013
Apple has updated the App Store backend to allow for legacy app downloads, per tips we received this morning and this Reddit thread.
Starting today, trying to grab an app on the App Store from one of the unsupported iOS devices now presents users with a prompt offering to download the last compatible version available for their legacy hardware.
Previously, a developer posting a new app build would render older versions unavailable on the App Store. This improvement should be especially useful after iOS 7 arrives on Wednesday as owners of unsupported devices are now permitted to access the last compatible build on their outdated device… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2013
With its new flagship iPhone 5s, Apple is ushering in an era of 64-bit computing on smartphones, an unexpected move which has left rivals such as Samsung scrambling to release mobile devices running 64-bit processors at some point in 2014 – with absolutely no clear idea of how the hardware and software will work together to improve their apps.
In the meantime, Apple is now asking its registered iOS developers to optimize and submit their warez for the device’s 64-bit A7 chip… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2013
In a not-so-surprising move, Apple has released iOS 7 GM to developers this afternoon. The release follows Apple’s big iPhone event this morning, where it went over major features from the software and unveiled two new handsets.
The GM, or Golden Master, release should be the final one before the update is rolled out to the public next week. And it’s available now to all registered app developers through Apple’s dev center—no sign of over-the-air just yet… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 10, 2013
With the recent release of iOS 7 GM to developers, it is not surprising that Apple has now been sending emails inviting them to submit their iOS 7 apps. With an official public release set for September 18, developers can finally submit their updated apps.
Along with the usual “improvements and bug fixes,” many apps updated for iOS 7 will probably take into account the radical design change introduced by Apple’s latest mobile Operating System.
Here is Apple’s email to developers: Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 3, 2013
Apple has seeded the seventh developer preview of OS X Mavericks this afternoon. The download comes nearly two weeks after Developer Preview 6 was released, which didn’t carry any significant new features.
The newest Mavericks preview is now available for download in either the Mac App Store, as a software update, or through Apple’s Mac Dev Center, to all registered developers. More details after the fold… Read More