Apple leases 40,000 square feet of office space in India for iOS app design accelerator

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook during his May 2016 India trip announced that his company will be opening an iOS app design and development accelerator in the country early next year. Today, The Economic Times reported that the Cupertino firm has reached an agreement to lease 40,000 square feet of office space, spread over two floors at Galleria in North Bengaluru, to house the facility. Read More


Video walkthrough: changes & fixes in macOS Sierra beta 3

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Monday, Apple seeded a third developer-only beta of macOS Sierra (build number “16A254g”) to members of the Apple Developer Programfollowed by a version suited for public beta testers 24 hours later.

After spending some quality time with Sierra’s third beta, our own Andrew O’Hara summed up for you guys all the changes and fixes he’s discovered in Sierra’s beta 3 in a hands-on video. Read More


Apple issues beta 3 of macOS Sierra to developers

By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2016

In addition to iOS 10 and tvOS 10, Apple also released the third beta of macOS Sierra to developers on Monday. The update is available for registered Mac developers in either the Updates tab of the Mac App Store, or in Apple’s Dev center.

Today’s beta 3 release comes just about two weeks after Apple issued beta 2, and just a little more than a month after the original developer beta was made available. The software, of course, was first introduced during Apple’s WWDC keynote. Read More


Apple seeds beta 3 of watchOS 3 to developers

By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2016

Alongside several other software releases, Apple on Monday issued beta 3 of watchOS 3 for the Apple Watch. Registered developers can download and install the over-the-air update via the Watch app in iOS 10.

Today’s beta 3 has build number “14S5290d” and comes nearly two weeks after beta 2 was released, and about a month after the original beta landed. Introduced at WWDC, watchOS 3 brings about a number of new features and improvements. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 10 beta 3 to developers

By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2016

Apple on Monday seeded the third beta of iOS 10 (build “14A5309d”) to developers. The release, which comes roughly two weeks after beta 2, is available to all registered iOS developers through Apple’s dev center.

Beta 2 brought about several, though not necessarily significant, changes including a new Rest Finger to Unlock option, and enhancements to Notification Center, Messages and the stock Music app. Read More


Facebook SDK for Swift beta now available to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

This past weekend, the social networking giant Facebook announced that a beta version of its brand new software development kit (SDK) for Apple’s Swift programming language is available for download. The new SDK integrates Facebook buttons into iOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS apps written in Swift, and integrates such features like Facebook Login, Analytics for Apps, Graph API and Share to Facebook sheets. The Facebook SDK source code is available via GitHub on an open-source basis. Read More


Developer casting call posted for Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

By Cody Lee on Jul 13, 2016

Television production company Propagate on Tuesday posted an open casting call for its upcoming ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show, which it is co-producing with Apple. Developers working on an iOS, macOS, tvOS or watchOS app can apply via the show’s website through August 26.

As explained by SVP Eddy Cue back in March, Planet of the Apps will be a nonscripted series about app design and development exclusive to Apple’s platforms. Also working on the show are musical artist, and noted TV executives Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. Read More


Google wants to beat Apple to attracting India’s developer talent

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Apple is opening a new facility in India early next year, aimed at improving the skills and success of Indian developers building iOS applications, and now Google hopes to do the same for Android. In introducing a new initiative this morning, called Android Skilling, Google hopes to beat Apple to attracting India’s developer talent to Android. Read More


Apple’s European iOS App Development Center opening at University of Naples in October

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2016

We learned in January that Apple would be opening its first European iOS App Development Center in Italy and now German website notes that the Università di Napoli Federico II in Naples has officially confirmed partnering with Apple on the initiative.

Beginning in October 2016, the upcoming iOS App Development Center will let Naples university students take part in a nine month curriculum which was designed by Apple itself. Read More


macOS Sierra beta 2 released to Apple’s registered developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2016

Apple today pushed a second beta of macOS Sierra following the original developer-only preview of the desktop operating system that was made available following the June 13 WWDC keynote. Members of the Apple Developer Program can install macOS Sierra beta 2 (build number “16A239j”) on their computers running a prior beta through the Software Update mechanism. Read More


Apple seeds watchOS 3 beta 2 to registered developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2016

In addition to the new iOS 10, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas, Apple on Tuesday also pushed a second beta of watchOS 3 (build number “14S5278d”) for the Apple Watch to members of the Apple Developer Program. An over-the-air update is available via the companion Watch app on a paired iPhone running an iOS 10 beta. Read More


tvOS 10 beta 2 now available for developer testing

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2016

In addition to releasing a second beta of iOS 10 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple today issued a second beta of the tvOS 10 operating system powering the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 10 beta 2 (build number “14T5284d”) is available on the fourth-generation Apple TVs that run a prior beta as an over-the-air download in Settings → System → Software Updates → Update Software. Read More


Apple seeds iOS 10 beta 2 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2016

Following the first developer-only preview of iOS 10 which was issued following the June 13 WWDC keynote, the Cupertino firm today pushed iOS 10 beta 2 (build number “14A5297c”) to the members of the Apple Developer Program. The new software is available as an over-the-air download on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices that run the first beta. A beta of iOS 10 will be made available to public beta testers in July. Read More


Apple supplier Cirrus Logic releases MFi Lightning headphone development kit

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic, which provides audio chips for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, today released a software development kit for third-party vendors who wish to build Lightning-based headphones under the ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) program.

iOS already supports headphones based on the proprietary Lightning connector, some of which are sold by Apple itself. As you know, the next iPhone is widely expected to drop the standard 3.5mm jack in favor of Bluetooth and Lightning headphones. Read More


New Chinese regulations would have Apple track App Store users and developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

After ordering an iPhone 6 sales ban over alleged copyright infringement and shuttering the iBooks Store and iTunes Movies, Chinese regulators are now applying increased pressure on foreign technology companies doing business in the world’s most populous market of 1.35 billion people.

According to Bloomberg, firms like Apple that operate app stores in the country will be forced to track the identities of users and developers with real-name registration in case they violate the country’s stringent censorship laws. Read More


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

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