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

 

App Store review times shortened to 2 days

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2016

Apple’s oft-criticized review process for app submissions, which normally takes about a week or more, now takes as little as two days, according to developers who reported seeing dramatically faster App Store review times on submissions.

AppReviewTimes.com, a website that tracks average App Store review times using crowdsourced data, has confirmed that Apple’s review process now takes an average of two days to approve an app, based on 332 reviews in the last 14 days. Read More

 

Apple begins notifying WWDC 2016 scholarship winners

By Cody Lee on May 9, 2016

Apple on Monday began notifying recipients of this year’s WWDC scholarship winners. A number of developers have taken to Twitter to announce they’ve received word from the company that they’ve been awarded a scholarship, and are invited to the conference.

Applicants were required to submit an app demonstrating “creative use of Apple technologies,” as well as an essay about their coding process. In all, 350 scholarships will be given out to students and STEM members, and 125 to developers with financial limitations. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 26, 2016

Apple on Tuesday seeded the third beta of iOS 9.3.2 to developers. The update is available to registered developers either via an over-the-air update, or as a standalone download through Apple’s online developer center.

Today’s release comes just one week after beta 2, suggesting 9.3.2 may soon be ready for launch. From what we’ve seen so far, the update will bring about various under-the-hood improvements, but few user-facing changes.

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Apple warns developers that all new Apple Watch apps must be native beginning June 1

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 22, 2016

Apple on Friday issued an advisory on its portal for developers about an important upcoming requirement for watchOS apps. According to a one-sentence post, “starting June 1, 2016, all new watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later.”

Apple is scheduled to hold its annual pilgrimage for developers, WWDC, from June 13 through June 17, 2016, or two weeks after the requirement to develop strictly native apps kicks in. Read More

 

Second betas of iOS 9.3.2 and OS X 10.11.5 now available to public testers

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2016

Apple today seeded the second betas of upcoming iOS and OS X updates to public testers. Folks in the Beta Software Program can now install iOS 9.3.2 via OTA on their iOS devices, and OS X 10.11.5 via the App Store Software Update mechanism.

These are the same betas that Apple pushed out to developers yesterday, along with updates for watchOS and tvOS. They arrive about a month after the public releases of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4, which brought about several user-facing changes. Read More

 

Apple seeds tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2016

Apple on Thursday released the second beta for tvOS 9.2.1 to developers. To update, you’ll have to connect your Apple TV 4 to a computer via a USB-C cable, and install the software through iTunes or Apple Configurator.

Todays release comes a month after Apple pushed out tvOS 9.2 to the public. That was a significant update, bringing about new user-facing features such as support for Home screen app folders and Bluetooth keyboards. Read More

 

New watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X 10.11.5 betas have dropped, too

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

After seeding iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 to its registered developers this morning, Apple has also released new betas for its other forthcoming operating system updates: watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan. You can download watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (build 13V420) and OS X 10.11.5 beta 2 (build 15F24b) through Apple’s Developer Center, which requires a paid account for full access, or apply them on the devices themselves through the Software Update mechanism on devices running a beta OS. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

Two weeks after Apple released the first beta of iOS 9.3.2 to its registered developers, the company today released iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 to members of the Apple Developer Program. The new beta has a build number and can be applied over-the-air on devices running an iOS 9 beta in Settings → General → Software Update or you can download the full installer from the Apple Developer Center, which requires a paid membership in the Apple Developer Program for full access. Read More

 

New App Store resources help developers find success on Apple platforms

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

In addition to formally announcing that it will be kicking off the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference with a keynote on Monday, June 13 in San Francisco, Apple yesterday quietly refreshed its portal for developers with a brand new section dedicated to helpful App Store resources which Apple has created to make it easier for its developers to find success on the App Store.

“Take advantage of new articles and videos designed to help you grow your business on the App Store and engage users worldwide,” said the company on the new “Making Great Apps for the App Store” webpage. Read More

 

Apple Maps web app may be in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

Latest checks indicate that Apple is getting ready to make the Maps service available to everyone on the web through a desktop web application which will permit you to embed an Apple Maps view into your own webpage, blog and more.

Look no further than Apple’s own WWDC 2016 webpage, which appears to take advantage of what seems to be an interactive, embedded Maps view. This is the first time Apple has used an embeddable Maps view on the web. Read More

 
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