Apple seeds OS X 10.11.4 beta 3 to developers

By Cody Lee on Feb 8, 2016

In addition to several other releases, Apple on Monday pushed out the third developer beta of OS X 10.11.4. The update is available either via the Updates tab of the Mac App Store for current 10.11.4 testers, or on Apple’s developer website as a standalone download.

Today’s beta 3 comes two weeks after beta 2 and nearly a month after the original version of 10.11.4 was released. The update is mostly under-the-hood improvements, but it does include a few new features such as support for Live Photos and password-protected Notes. Read More

 

Apple opening iOS App Development Center in Italy

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016

Apple on Thursday announced it is opening Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy. Located at a partner institution in Naples, it will support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum to give students practical skills and training on developing iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps. This new program should expand to other countries around the world.

Across Europe, iOS developers have earned over €10.2 billion thus far, or about $11.11 billion, with the App Store having helped create more than 75,000 new jobs in Italy alone. Read More

 

Apple seeds tvOS 9.2 beta 1 with support for Bluetooth keyboards and app folders

By Cody Lee on Jan 11, 2016

Apple released a slew of developer betas on Wednesday, including iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2. This is the first 9.2 beta for tvOS, the operating system for the just-released, fourth-generation Apple TV.

Developers can find the new tvOS beta, which is labeled build 13Y5179e, either over-the-air on an Apple TV set with the previous beta or as a standalone download via Apple’s developer portal here. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan beta 2 to developers and public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2016

Three weeks after releasing the first beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan’s third major software update, and 48 hours after seeding iOS 9.2.1 beta 2 to developers and public beta testers, Apple on Wednesday released a second beta of OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan.

It can be installed on machines running a prior beta through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab and downloaded through Apple’s portal for members of the Apple Developer Program.

The pre-release software is also available to public beta testers who signed up for Apple’s Beta Software Program. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 9.2.1 beta 2 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2016

Less than three weeks after releasing the first beta of iOS 9.2.1, Apple on Monday seeded iOS 9.2.1 beta 2 to its registered developers. The software is also available to public beta testers who are signed on Apple’s Beta Software Program,

The new pre-release software has a build number of 13D14 and can be applied over-the-air on iPhones, iPads and iPods running a prior beta via Software Update.

A standalone firmware download is available to members of the Apple Developer Program through the company’s official portal for developers. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 beta 1 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2015

After releasing the first beta of iOS 9.2.1 to developers earlier today, Apple also seeded OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 beta 1 to members of the Apple Developer Program.

The first beta of what would become El Capitan’s third major software update since its October 2015 debut carries a build number of 15D9c and is available as a standalone download through Apple’s portal for developers or through the Mac App Store’s Update tab on Macs enrolled in the beta program. Read More

 

Apple officially makes its Swift programming language open source

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2015

Introduced in the summer of 2014 with the goal of becoming open source, Apple’s new programming language for iOS and OS X development, called Swift, is now officially available for download via Swift.org.

A wealth of resources is available at the website, including the official documentation to get you up to speed, various Swift downloads, Getting Started guides, the source code and more. Read More

 

Apple TV apps can now implement Facebook Login and sharing features

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2015

If you own Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV, you have probably noticed that apps and games for the set-top box currently lack common social features such as Facebook Login and sharing.

But that’s about to change soon as Facebook earlier this week announced immediate availability of the first beta of its Facebook SDK for tvOS, which gives developers the means to build immersive social experiences on tvOS. Read More

 

Holiday shutdown: don’t expect new apps or updates between December 22-29

By Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2015

Apple on Friday announced to developers that it will be performing its annual iTunes Connect shutdown for the holidays next month. The company posted the bulletin on its developer portal this afternoon, saying that it will not be accepting new app or update submissions beginning on December 22 through the 29th. Read More

 

Instagram clamping down on apps that read feeds, offer auto-following, liking or commenting

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

As part of Instagram’s most recent platform update, third-party applications will be no longer allowed to present a user’s Instagram feed, a significant change in policy that’ll affect numerous mobile applications which pull Instagram feeds.

Going forward, they’ll be shutting down services and apps that offer auto-following, liking or commenting.

Photo-editing apps that show only individual Instagram photos won’t be affected by this change. All apps must comply by June 1, 2016. The new policies and reviews will go into effect for new apps starting December 3, 2015. Read More

 

Tapity puts Grades and Languages apps for sale, shares revenue stats

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

The latest developer success story comes from Tapity, an Apple Design Award winner and the brains behind education app Grades and Languages, its popular offline translation app.

They’ve now put both Grades and Languages for sale in order to focus exclusively on Hours, a gorgeous time-tracking software that I reviewed in the summer of 2014. What’s really interesting about this is how forthcoming Tapity’s been about stats for these apps.

You might find it interesting to learn what kind of revenue Grades and Languages have been pulling thus far and what potential bidders can look forward to after buying Grades and Langauges. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.11.2 beta 4 to developers and public testers

By Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2015

Apple on Tuesday released the fourth beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2. The update is labeled build 15C47a, and is available to developers and public testers via the Updates section of the Mac App Store, or through Apple’s beta test site.

Today’s release comes just one week after Apple pushed out beta 3 of OS X 10.11.2, suggesting the firmware is nearing completion, and it has been nearly a month since the last public update to OS X (10.11.1), which added 150 new emoji. Read More

 

App Store search results are now smarter and more relevant

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2015

Apple has been working hard in recent weeks to make App Store search results smarter and more relevant, reports TechCrunch. The outlet points to comments from high profile app developers, who began noticing changes to the search results earlier this month and a major algorithm update on November 12.

“I just searched Twitter on the App Store and Instagram is gone,” Contrast’s David Barnard pointed out on Twitter. “Tweetbot is #4, Twitterrific #5, and more relevant results overall.” Tapbots developer Paul Haddad also spotted the change, noting that the change has had a significant impact on his app searches. Read More

 

Apple now lets developers invite 2,000 people to beta test apps via TestFlight

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

Apple today announced on its portal for developers that it is doubling the previous limitation of up to 1,000 beta users in TestFlight to 2,000 external testers who can beta test an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Apple TV app.

In addition, the company is extending beta periods on a per-app basis to sixty days, a twofold increase over the previous beta expiration limit of 30 days. Read More

 

Apple announces Tech Talks tour for Apple TV developers

By Cody Lee on Nov 10, 2015

Following the posting of a new tvOS beta, Apple on Tuesday announced that it is taking to the road next month to help developers take full advantage of the new Apple TV. Beginning December 7, the company plans to hold TV Tech Talks in 10 cites around the globe.

During these events, developers will get in-depth technical information on building and designing for tvOS, learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable instruction from experts. Seating is limited, so those interested will have to register for a chance to attend. Read More

 

Apple seeds OS X 10.11.2 beta 3 to developers

By Cody Lee on Nov 10, 2015

In addition to beta 3 of iOS 9.2, Apple also released the third beta of OS X 10.11.2 on Tuesday. The update is labeled build 15c40a, and is available to registered developers via the Updates section of the Mac App Store or through Apple’s Developer Center.

Today’s release comes just one week after Apple pushed out beta 2 of OS X 10.11.2 to developers and public testers, suggesting the firmware is nearing completion. It has been 3 weeks since the last public update to OS X (10.11.1), which added 150 new emoji.

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How to install a web browser on Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2015

Sideloading the tvOSBrowser that we reported on earlier is easy, it just takes a bit of massaging to make it all work. You’ll need to be familiar with our standard sideloading tutorial for sideloading apps, but there’s one additional step that you’ll have to take before it all comes together. In this tutorial, we’ll show you all that’s involved in a hands-on step-by-step video. Read More

 

Apple opens cryptographic libraries used to protect iOS and OS X to app makers

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2015

Apple yesterday announced it’s opened up its cryptographic libraries, the same ones used to protect iOS and OS X, to third-party developers. As reported by VentureBeat, the move is significant in that developers can now implement advanced security features into their apps, for free.

In addition to open-sourcing the cryptographic libraries, Apple back in the summer promised to open source its Swift programming language by the end of the year. Read More

 

Apple releases OS X 10.11.1 beta 4 to developers and public testers

By Cody Lee on Oct 14, 2015

Apple on Wednesday seeded the fourth beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 to developers and public testers. The new build is available to registered developers via the Updates section of the Mac App Store or through Apple’s Developer Center. Public testers can also find it in the Updates section of the MAS, or via the public beta portal.

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Apple seeds iOS 9.1 beta 5 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Less than a week following iOS 9.1 beta 4, Apple on Monday issued a brand new, fifth beta of what would become iOS 9’s first major software update.

iOS 9.1 beta 5 (build 13B137) for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available to both members of the Apple Developer Program and public beta testers.

In addition, the software is available as a standalone download through Apple’s portal for developers. Read More

 
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