iOS 10’s elusive Dark Mode shown in Settings app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2016

Five days ago, iDownloadBlog’s own Andrew O’Hara first wrote about jailbreak developer Andy Wiik‘s discovery of Dark Mode resources buried deep within iOS 10’s Messages app.

During the weekend, Wiik shared a few new screenshots showing a dark mode for the Settings app, running in iOS Simulator, strongly suggesting that these Dark Mode resources may not have been left within iOS 10 code by accident. Read More

 

Apple removes Game Center app from iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 14, 2016

Apple has removed the Game Center app from the first betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. The change appears to be permanent, according to the iOS 10 Preview release notes. Although it’s still available in Settings, “the Game Center app has been removed,” reads the document.

That doesn’t mean that developers can no longer use the Game Center service or implement Game Center features—quite the contrary—it’s just that the user-facing Game Center app is no longer available. Read More

 

Swift Playgrounds: Apple’s new iPad app to teach you how to code

By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2016

In wrapping up Apple’s WWDC keynote this morning, Tim Cook announced a new iPad app called Swift Playgrounds for teaching people how to code. Cook specifically says “the best way to teach everyone to code,” but it definitely looks like it was built with kids in mind.

The app looks a lot like other learn-to-code apps (Hopscotch!), but it’s cool that Apple is using its scale to get such a tool into the hands of more people. The company says the app “combines the powerful Swift programming language and the powerful capabilities of iPad.”

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Apple opens Siri to developers with iOS 10’s new SiriKit API

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 13, 2016

iOS 10, which was unveiled at Apple’s WWDC 2016 Keynote on Monday, will provide users with the most in-depth Siri experience of any iOS release in history.

Apple is officially opening Siri up with an API that will let developers tap into Siri for their App Store apps. Read More

 

Opinion: I’d rather pay upfront for my apps than rent them

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2016

Apple has argued that its new App Store rules, which extend subscriptions to literally every app category, would help create a new business model in which people would warm up to the idea of subscribing to apps rather than paying for them upfront.

I’m not so sure that subscriptions are the right answer to what the market is calling “app fatigue”, but I can tell you right now that I’d rather continue paying upfront for fine, quality apps than use them on a subscription basis, here’s why. Read More

 

App Store to gain Categories tab and easier app sharing with 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2016

Aside from a pair of major developer-facing enhancements that are coming to the App Store this fall—Search Ads and Subscription improvements—Apple appears adamant to fix some of the longstanding pain points with store navigation and app discovery.

For instance, the Featured tab will no longer show apps a user has installed on their device.

Apple also said that it’ll be bringing back the Categories tab for the store and let you share apps on social media right from the Home screen with 3D Touch. Read More

 

Phil Schiller: “We’re never going to get rid of app review process”

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2016

As we told you this morning, Apple announced big changes are coming to the App Store this fall in the form of some well thought out improvements to In-App Subscriptions and all-new paid ads for apps in App Store search results.

Yesterday, SVP Phil Schiller sat down for an interview with The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple to discuss other changes aimed at making app discovery better. The app review process, however, won’t be going away anytime soon. Read More

 

Apple seeds second developer betas for tvOS 9.2.2 and OS X 10.11.6, first beta for watchOS 2.2.2

By Cody Lee on Jun 6, 2016

In addition to iOS, Apple also seeded new betas for watchOS, tvOS and OS X on Monday. The betas are available to registered developers, and can be installed via the Apple Watch app on iPhone, OTA in tvOS for those with the latest beta profile, and the update tab in the Mac App Store.

The software version numbers are watchOS 2.2.2, tvOS 9.2.2 and OS X 10.11.6, and from what we saw in the first betas, they’re not adding any significant new features. The 10.11.6 change log reads “improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac,” and the others follow suit. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 9.3.3 beta 2 to developers

By Cody Lee on Jun 6, 2016

Apple on Monday seeded the second beta of iOS 9.3.3 to developers. Registered iOS developers can grab the new build from the Apple Developer Center, or via an over-the-air update on a compatible device with the latest software.

The update comes two weeks after the first iOS 9.3.3 beta was released, and it’s mostly bug fixes. It’s also worth noting that Apple has seemingly fixed the 9.7-inch iPad Pro issue, as there’s now a beta available for the flagship tablet.

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Apple sends invites for June 13 WWDC keynote

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2016

Apple on Wednesday sent out press invitations for a keynote at its Worldwide Developers Conference, as first reported by Tech Insider. The keynote presentation is scheduled for the first day of WWDC 2016, Monday, June 13, at 10am.

The annual event is where Apple previews its platform advances so we fully expect them to show the world what they have in store for iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, in addition to tvOS and watchOS 3 updates. Read More

 

Apple seeds first betas for OS X 10.11.6 and tvOS 9.2.2 to developers

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2016

In addition to iOS 9.3.3, Apple on Monday also issued first betas for OS X 10.11.6 and tvOS 9.2.2 to developers. The new 10.11.6 beta, build 15G7a, can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or via the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store, and tvOS 9.2.2 can be installed via iTunes or Apple Configurator. Read More

 

Apple seeds first beta of iOS 9.3.3 to developers

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2016

Apple on Monday seeded the first beta of iOS 9.3.3 to developers. Registered iOS developers can grab the new build, which is labeled version 13G12, from the Apple Developer Center, or via an over-the-air update on a compatible device with the latest software.

The update comes just one week after iOS 9.3.2 was released to the public, which brought about a Bluetooth fix for iPhone SE models and other improvements. As you can see in the screenshot above, the 1.4GB iOS 9.3.3 update has also been earmarked for bug fixes.

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Apple reminds developers that iAd network is shutting down next month

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

After announcing back in January that its iAd App Network will be discontinued as of June 30, 2016, Apple today issued an email blast, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, in which it reminds developers of the impending shutdown that’ll bring an end to monetization revenues and app promotion.

Despite the iAd App Network going offline starting July 1, developers will still be able to earn revenue from advertising from their own direct sales or by using other third party monetization services. Read More

 

Google I/O tidbits: Android N, Android Wear 2.0, Daydream VR platform, fresh stats & more

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

The Google I/O 2016 keynote wrapped up so we compiled interesting tidbits that we think iDownloadBlog readers might be curious to learn about, because it pays off to keep tabs on what competition is doing. Read More

 

Introducing Assistant, Google’s conversational AI helper

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

In addition to announcing a pair of new iPhone apps for messaging and video calling and a preview of its Amazon Echo-killer, the Google I/O 2016 keynote saw some pretty exciting news regarding the search giant’s all-new two-way conversational assistant, coming soon to all your devices.

Named Assistant, it’s a big upgrade to Google Now that builds “on all our years of investment in deeply understanding users’ questions”. Read More

 

Check out Home, Google’s Amazon Echo killer

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

During the keynote presentation this morning which kicked off Google I/O 2016, the Internet giant previewed its much-anticipated entry into the voice-activated home device market in the form of a new appliance, named Google Home.

With a built-in Google Assistant that also powers Duo, a new smart messaging app coming to iOS and Android this summer, Home lets you retrieve information from the Internet, get answers to simple questions and carry out basic tasks—using your voice and the familiar “OK Google” wakeup phrase. Read More

 

Siri for Mac icon leaks ahead of WWDC

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

9to5Mac claimed back in January that Siri would be finally coming to the Mac via the forthcoming OS X 10.12 software update this fall. Today, MacRumors published a genuine looking image that purportedly shows a colorful Siri icon sitting in OS X’s Dock, adding fuel to the Siri for Mac rumors.

Another screenshot appears to show a Siri icon sitting in the Mac’s menu bar at the top. The publication says that these screenshots were sent to them by a source “who has provided us with reliable information about Apple’s software plans in the past”. Read More

 

Apple’s iOS app design and development accelerator coming to India in early 2017

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

As was rumored yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook during his India trip announced an accelerator program for iOS developers. The facility is expected to open in early 2017.

According to a press release issued yesterday, the iOS app design and development accelerator will open in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. Read More

 

Apple’s boss to unveil Maps development center and iOS accelerator program in India

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

After visiting China yesterday to meet the country’s officials and promote a $1 billion acquisition of the local ride-sharing service Didi Chuxing, Apple’s boss Tim Cook is touring India today and is planning to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He is also expected to unveil a development center for Apple Maps in the country along with an accelerator program for iOS developers, Bloomberg reported today. Read More

 

Google I/O 2016 is kicking off on Wednesday: keep tabs on it with official iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Google I/O, the search giant’s version of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, is kicking off this year on Wednesday, May 18, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California and what better way to keep up with the conference than an iPhone app from Google.

The official Google I/O 2016 app, like Apple’s own WWDC for iPhone app, lets you follow conference news, explore tracks and speakers, watch session videos, enjoy a live stream of the keynote and more, right on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More

 
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