Developer Preview Stories March 24, 2015

Apple has just seeded the latest beta of iOS 8.3 to its public beta users. The first beta was sent out just under two weeks ago. The build is also available over-the-air to developers, making it the fourth beta for those users. It’s also available on the iOS developer center.

Along with the new iOS beta comes a new Xcode beta. The Xcode 6.3 beta comes with a build number of 6D554n and includes support for Swift 1.2. A beta update for the third-generation Apple TV has also been pushed out.

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Developer Preview Stories August 18, 2014

Apple re-releases Xcode 6 beta 6, solves issues discovered by developers in new build

Earlier today Apple released the sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite, along with a new beta version of its Xcode developer tool. However, after users found that the new Xcode beta was unusable, Apple pulled it from the developer website.

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It seems the issues have now been rectified, as the beta is once again available on Apple’s developer site with a version number indicating that it is two builds newer than the one released this morning.

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The Xcode beta includes development tools for Mac and iOS, including Apple’s new Swift programming language which was debuted at WWDC earlier this year. In a rare move for the company, Apple has released the beta version of Xcode 6 to anyone who wants it, regardless of whether they have a paid developer account or not.

You can grab the Xcode beta from Apple’s website.

Developer Preview Stories June 19, 2014

Apple pushes OS X 10.9.4 beta build 13E19 to developers

 

Apple has released another beta of the upcoming 10.9.4 release of its OS X operating system to developers. The new beta has a build number of 13E19. For now the update is only available through Software Update on 10.9.4 systems, but it’s expected to hit the developer center soon.

The previous build, 13E16, was released on June 11th along with pre-release versions of OS X Server 3.2 and Safari 6.1.5. The seed notes for this version aren’t online yet, but we’ll update this post when they become available.

Developer Preview Stories June 6, 2014

Apple has made a few new changes to its first-party voice and text services in the newest versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems. Some users are reporting that iOS 8 now features the ability to create conference FaceTime Audio calls. Previously FaceTime audio calls could only be made from one user to another, but now you can add additional users to a call in progress.

OS X Yosemite sports a new addition to its iMessage capabilities. While screen sharing has always been possible over alternative services like AIM, Apple now allows you to use the built-in screen sharing feature in the Messages app over an iMessage account. Unfortunately the feature seems to be broken in the first Yosemite beta, but it is expected to be functional by the time the software ships.

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Developer Preview Stories April 14, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 update lets users add Passbook cards to Microsoft Wallet

WPcentral notes that the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update introduces support for Apple’s Passbook iOS app, allowing users to load coupons, tickets, boarding passes, etc, designed for Passbook into the Microsoft Wallet app.

While the Microsoft Wallet app will be able to load the various coupons and loyalty cards usually reserved for Passbook, it’s still a little unclear exactly what’s going on behind the scenes. Microsoft appears to be allowing users to download the Passbook files and rendering its own card for Microsoft Wallet, but the report speculates Windows Phone won’t be able to tap into the push notifications Apple’s uses to update cards like on iOS.

There seems to be some confusion over whether or not Mircosoft is officially supporting Passbook in one way or another, but with a developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 rolling out today, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this soon.

Developer Preview Stories March 18, 2014

Ahead of the release of Apple’s much rumored “iWatch” wearable product, Google has now officially announced Android’s entrance into wearables with project “Android Wear.” The Android Wear SDK allows developers to integrate a number of features into Android powered wearables and relies heavily on Google Now functionality, as we were first to report late last year.

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