About the Author

Guilherme Rambo

Guilherme Rambo is a Mac and iOS developer based in Brazil. Known for discovering Apple’s secrets and analyzing leaks, he writes about his discoveries on 9to5mac.

If you have any tips or suggestions, contact him at guilherme@9to5mac.com

March 20

It’s poker time! While Apple seems to be going all-in on shipping new products this week, it’s once again time for John and Gui to place their bets as to what Apple might have in store for their 25th of March media event. That, and a bit of time traveling back to the year 2000.

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March 19

Yesterday, Apple released the sixth developer beta of iOS 12.2. Looking into what is in the update, we noticed it brings significant changes to the component responsible for wireless charging, including the code responsible for identifying that two devices are charging on the same mat.

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Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

March 15

Phil Schiller joins the Accidental Tech Podcast to talk about WWDC 2019, more

The latest episode of the Accidental Tech Podcast, released earlier today, includes an hour-long interview with Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller. He joins the show to talk about the recently announced 2019 edition of WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, which takes place in San Jose from June 3 through June 7.

March 13

It’s time for some new, alternative, avenues of spelunking — including Apple’s career website, and… Rambo’s digital life? Also, how Swift compares to Node.js for server-side development, what a “UIKit for AR” could look like, and some brief speculation about Apple’s upcoming media event.

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March 11

We’ve been testing the developer beta of iOS 12.2 since its first release back in late January. Since then, we’ve learned that the new version includes support for unreleased AirPods with “Hey, Siri” support and also found evidence of the rumored Apple News subscription service. In this post, I’ll highlight some under-the-hood changes that may or may not end up in the final release, but are interesting nonetheless.

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March 6

After a brief discussion around static site generation and hardware hacking, John and Gui dive into some exclusive new spelunking findings from WebKit and the latest iOS 12.2 beta. Also, AR and how Microsoft’s approach with HoloLens might differ from Apple’s possible AR strategies, and more Marzipan.

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February 28

Apple Music, introduced 3 years ago and significantly redesigned in iOS 10, is exposed to users on iOS as the Music app. For developers, Apple introduced the MusicKit API in 2017, and more recently, MusicKit on the Web, which allows websites to access your music library. This led to the introduction of Musish, a great Apple Music experience on the web.

Today, Indian developer and UX designer Tanmay Sonawane is introducing Soor: a new iOS app which promises to replace the built-in Music app. It implements the full breadth of Apple Music functionality that’s available to third-party developers through the MusicKit API.

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February 27

Continuing on the topic of iOS 13 — will the iPad use a new home screen UI, rather than good old SpringBoard, and what could that look like? How could improved keyboard APIs for 3rd party apps make the iPad even more capable, and will the future of computing involve devices with foldable screens?

Stacktrace by 9to5Mac is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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February 22

John and Gui dive into the latest rumors about new Mac hardware and iOS 13. How might the design of the iPad Pro influence future MacBooks, how would a system-wide Dark Mode work on iOS, and what are our updated expectations for Project Marzipan? Also — iPhone XR review, marketing for indies, and much more.

Stacktrace by 9to5Mac is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Play.js implements a Mac-like desktop experience on iPad, but could be pulled [U]

There are many developer tools for iOS already in the App Store. Apple relaxed the app review guidelines, allowing apps that download and run code to be released in the App Store, the only limitation being that the app must make the code visible to the user and have an educational purpose. Play.js is a new app that does just that.

Linux users are unable to manage their Apple ID on apple․com [U]

For some reason, Apple’s website where you can manage your Apple ID (appleid.apple.com) is blocking users of Linux browsers from accessing it. Having access to the website is important to manage things such as payment information, two-factor authentication, and other account details. Even though the number of Linux users accessing the website must be relatively small compared to other operating systems, some iPhone users who use Linux on the desktop noticed the issue.

February 11

On this season two premiere John and Gui analyze the latest spelunking findings, talk about going indie, the launch of AirBuddy, the case for smaller iPads, and hey — the show has also got a new logo and is now part of 9to5Mac! Welcome back to Stacktrace.

Stacktrace by 9to5Mac is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Sponsored by MacStadium: Whether you need a single Mac mini or a fully-scalable Mac private cloud, MacStadium is offering Stacktrace listeners two months for the price of one on a Mac mini subscription with the promo code 9TO5MAC.
 
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February 8

9to5Mac has new podcast news to share! John Sundell and myself, Gui Rambo, started Stacktrace last year with the goal of producing a podcast about Apple and general tech news, specifically from a developer’s perspective, since we both develop software for Apple’s platforms. More than 20 episodes later, Stacktrace now joins 9to5Mac’s growing catalog of podcasts, alongside 9to5Mac Happy Hour and 9to5Mac Daily.

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February 7

Update: iOS 12.1.4 is now available.

Last week was a tough one for Apple and privacy. First, a huge bug in Group FaceTime would allow someone to eavesdrop on another FaceTime user just by calling them and adding themselves to a group call before the contact answered. Then, a project from Facebook was revealed to be spying on users, violating Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program policies. The latter was dealt with by revoking Facebook’s enterprise certificate, rendering their internal apps unusable. The same action was taken against Google, which had a similar project.

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February 5

Lightweight PDF is a simple PDF compressor for the Mac

When working with PDFs, sometimes it’s necessary to reduce their file size so they can be uploaded somewhere or sent over e-mail. There are many on-line services that can do that, but there are privacy concerns when using those, since PDFs can often contain sensitive data.

February 4

Update: The second iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.2 betas are now available. Apple also has new betas for its Classroom apps.

Apple will be releasing the second developer betas of iOS 12.2 and watchOS 5.2 later today. On the first iOS 12.2 developer beta, we found evidence of a new generation of AirPods with voice-activated Hey Siri, the Apple News Premium subscription service, new iPads and iPod touch that could be released with this update, and many other changes and improvements.

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January 28

Apple is releasing the first public beta of iOS 12.2 later today, three days after releasing its first iOS 12.2 developer beta on Thursday.

With its first developer beta, we found evidence of a new generation of AirPods, the Apple News subscription service, new iPads and iPod touch, and many other changes and improvements. It’s likely that tvOS 12.2 public beta 1 and macOS 10.14.4 public beta 1 will also become available; we will update the post if they are released.

For customers, iOS 12.2 introduces support for the recently announced AirPlay 2 and HomeKit smart TVs while introducing a handful of other changes and improvements.

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The most significant change to Apple’s developer ecosystem this decade has been the introduction of the Swift programming language – and we’ll probably see the next big change come during this year’s WWDC with the introduction of third party UIKit apps on the Mac.

As for Swift, the new language was announced at WWDC 2014. With contributions from both Apple engineers and the open-source community, it has seen constant updates and is now in version 4.2.1.

An important aspect of Swift that has been affecting users since its first version is that its application binary interface, or ABI, is not stable. What that means in practice is that Apple can’t include the Swift language support in its operating systems, because an app written with Swift 3 won’t work with the language support binaries for Swift 4. The solution to that is to include the Swift language libraries inside the app bundle that gets downloaded from the App Store, increasing the bandwidth and storage required by the app.

That’s finally changing for Apple and Swift soon…

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January 25

Earlier today, we reported that new iPad models had been registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission. The registration indicates that Apple plans on releasing several new iPads sometime this year. Recent reports have suggested that these may include an updated iPad mini and 10-inch iPad. We’ve also found a reference to what could be the 7th generation iPod touch. However, it doesn’t appear to include Face ID or Touch ID.

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There have been rumors about an Apple News subscription service since mid-2018, starting with a report by Bloomberg that said Apple was planing to utilize it’s acquisition of Texture to launch its own paid subscription service for news, including magazines from different publishers. Later, a report by The Information claimed that Apple was considering an all-in-one subscription model with magazines, tv shows and music.

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