Developers

Apple drums up attention for upcoming in-app events in the App Store ahead of public launch

Way back in August of this year, Apple started promoting in-app events hosted within the App Store. It's a quick and easy way for developers to show off high-profile elements within their apps, including in-game competitions, content premieres, and much more. At the time, it was expected that the feature would go live alongside the public launch of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. However, that did not turn out to be the case. But Apple's finally ready to welcome the feature and launch it to the public.

Google lowers Play Store fees for subscription and music streaming apps to 15%

The landscape for digital storefronts is changing quite a bit. That is thanks, at least in part, to a lot of outside voices demanding those changes. Apple, for its part, remains reluctant to make any sweeping changes that don't ultimately benefit the company. But, it has made some changes, and there appear to be even more in the works. Meanwhile, Google has had to make some changes to its Play Store, too, and today marks the arrival of yet another.

Apple is bringing back developer Tech Talks beginning October 25, 2021

It has been a long while since Apple hosted a developer "Tech Talk." The company used to host them on a pretty regular basis years ago, but they ended the run back in 2016. At the time, and by the next year, it looked like Apple wasn't planning on bringing them back. And that was the case for several years, but, here we are in 2021, and Apple has seen a way forward with new developer talks.

iOS 15.1 beta 2 fixes bug causing issues with unlocking iPhone 13 with Apple Watch

The iPhone 13 lineup launched earlier this month. And, unfortunately for some new owners, a bug surfaced that caused the new hardware to not properly communicate with a paired Apple Watch to access the ability to unlock the iPhone 13 with an Apple Watch. This feature is designed to make unlocking an iPhone with Face ID much more streamlined while wearing a mask (but it works without a mask, too, like when wearing certain sunglasses).

SharePlay is back in iOS 15.1 beta

SharePlay, which allows for some pretty great screen sharing options, was first unveiled when Apple debuted iOS 15 earlier this year. However, Apple eventually decided to hold back the feature from the wide launch of the mobile operating system's major update. So while SharePlay isn't available right now, it is still coming.

Apple seeds eighth betas of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and watchOS 8 to developers [Update: public betas now available]

It's only been a few days since Apple last seeded a beta of its next major platform updates to developers. But here we are, marching towards the inevitable public launch, and Apple's working on refinements. Which is why, today, we're seeing yet another beta seeded to developers ahead of the wide release for the next major updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS.