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.
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.
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.
The march towards a public launch of iOS 15 continues. Apple is back with another beta for its next update to its popular mobile operating system, along with iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS. And today, new betas are available for each platform.
Moving right along, as Apple continues its march towards the public release of iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1. To get there, though, we need more betas. And today, we have a new one for developers.
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).
Earlier this month, Apple released iOS 15 to the public, along with other updates for the company's additional platforms. And now, looking ahead, the company is moving right along for the next update to the mobile operating system. Which requires some beta testing.
Apple has shared documentation on how developers can use faster ProMotion display refresh rates for custom animations in their apps on the Pro models in the new iPhone 13 lineup.
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.
It was just yesterday that Apple released the next big version updates for its most popular platforms (excluding macOS). But, kind of like the rumor mill, all things must push forward. And, as a result, Apple has already started to move ahead with the next update to iOS 15 and its other platforms.
Apple's relented to antitrust pressure. All “reader” apps can now include a web link for customers to follow and sign up for an account or purchase a content subscription externally.
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.