Developers Stories July 30

PSA: Apps using Apple’s Game Center must be updated with new authentication certificate

Apple today told developers they must update their games that feature integration with Game Center, Apple’s gaming platform that lets users add and challenge friends online. The company says that the adoption of a new authentication certificate will become mandatory for these apps.

Developers Stories May 12

The Apple Developer Academy is being expanded to Detroit and Korea. The Detroit location will be the first time the programs have ever been made available in the US.

The academy offers two programs for would-be iOS developers, one of which lasts a month, the other around a year. Both are free of charge to successful applicants, and Apple provides all the necessary technology …

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Developers Stories April 27

A new survey of Mac developers done by Tower – the makers of the popular Git client – has been published today and includes some interesting findings about the Mac dev community. Among the results are the most popular programming languages, the average age and experience of Mac devs, what type of work they focus on, actual programming time per day, and much more.

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Developers Stories April 12

PSA: Some Apple Developer services down due to scheduled maintenance

If you’re trying to access some Apple Developer-related services tonight without success, you’re not alone. Apple has confirmed that there’s a scheduled maintenance going on that has affected some parts of the Apple Developer portal.

Developers Stories February 22

Apple opens applications for online Entrepreneur Camp for female founders and developers

Following the announcement of the first Apple Entrepreneur Camp for Black developers and founders last week, Apple today opened applications for another Entrepreneur Camp for female founders and developers. The event will take place online in July and applications are now open.

Developers Stories February 16

Apple announced and opened up applications for its first Entrepreneur Camp for Black founders and developers back in October last year. Now the inaugural camp has launched and Apple has shared the 13 app companies to take part in the program.

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Developers Stories February 12

Apple updates its Developer Forums with improved search and thread notifications

Apple released an update to its Developer Forums today with two improvements. There’s now an enhanced search along with a way to monitor threads and receive an email each time you get a reply.

Developers Stories January 26

Apple is now inviting iOS, iPadOS, and macOS app developers to join its engineers and designers in a special online event that will provide insights into improving app widgets — which are part of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur.

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Developers Stories December 7, 2020

Widgets have become a mainstream hit and are only limited by the imagination of those developing them (okay and a few rules from Apple). Now a new app from Aaron Pearce called Barter brings some great functionality to the developer community to easily keep track of metrics with App Store sales widgets on iPhone and iPad.

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Developers Stories November 23, 2020

Back in September Apple decided to stop charging its 30% commission for in-app purchases for certain online events. That was set to end at the end of December this year. Now Apple is extending it until June of 2021 to help developers and businesses amid the pandemic.

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Developers Stories September 29, 2020

Apple gives developers new App Store marketing tools including QR codes and more

Apple has refreshed its App Store marketing tools for developers today with the ability to create custom assets and links including new QR codes and short links.

Developers Stories September 11, 2020

Apple has announced a variety of changes to the App Store Review Guidelines today after multiple major App Store controversies over the last several months. The new guidelines and updates relate to areas like in-app purchases, streaming game services, and personal lending applications.

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Developers Stories September 3, 2020

After announcing new iOS privacy requirements back at WWDC in June, Apple has shared a new detailed document for developers as they prepare to create privacy “nutrition labels” for apps. The new iOS 14 feature will apply for all apps that are available in Apple’s App Stores with the goal to better inform consumers with a clear overview of an app’s privacy practices.

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Developers Stories September 1, 2020

Apple has shared today that App Store prices in four countries will rise. The new prices will take effect in the coming days and are due to tax rate increases ranging from 7.5-19% in the affected countries.

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Developers Stories August 31, 2020

Apple confirms App Store Connect and TestFlight outage affecting some developers [U]

Apple is experiencing some issues with its developer services this afternoon including App Store Connect and TestFlight.

Developers Stories July 17, 2020

Joining a wider industry shift, Apple announced that it is working to replace exclusionary language in its developer documentation and APIs with alternative terminology.

Renaming things takes time and effort as large parts of infrastructure have to migrate in response. For third-party developers in the App Store, Apple will be changing the names of APIs used in their code where appropriate, which will also necessitate engineering work to migrate.

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Developers Stories June 29, 2020

Apple developers have started receiving their Developer Transition Kit hardware, which Apple is distributing to developers to help them get their apps ready for the upcoming range of Apple Silicon Macs, which will replace Intel CPUs with Apple-designed ARM CPUs.

Despite the confidentiality clauses in the developer agreement, benchmarks for the Developer Transition Kit have already surfaced on Geekbench. Note that these tests are running under virtualization, using Apple’s Rosetta technology, as the Geekbench testing software has not yet been optimised for Apple Silicon.

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Developers Stories June 22, 2020

Following the Platforms State of the Union address this afternoon at WWDC20 Apple has shared some highlights on its new developer tech and tools to “foster the next generation of apps.” These include Xcode 12, new features in SwiftUI, App Clips and Widgets in iOS and iPadOS 14, improved access to Apple’s platforms like Find My and HomePod, as well as a new App Store Review process that gives developers a way to “challenge” guidelines.

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Developers Stories March 4, 2020

Apple now allows push notification advertising, updates dating app review guidelines and more

Apple today updated its App Store review guidelines regarding some of the features introduced with iOS 13, besides the compatibility of apps with the latest iPhone and iPad models, and more.

Developers Stories February 28, 2020

Right about a year ago, Apple began enforcing its enterprise certificate policy for developers more strictly. It all started with Facebook who was abusing its certificate but it didn’t end there. Google’s account was pulled temporarily among a wave of others. Now another developer who was found to be abusing Apple’s policies has seen its account disabled.

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Developers Stories February 21, 2020

Largest public iOS developer survey highlights Swift’s progress, interest for each of Apple’s platforms, more

The largest public iOS developer community survey wrapped up last month and the results are now live. Among the findings, the survey of over 2,000 Apple devs highlights how Swift is doing, how much interest there for each of Apple’s platforms, what revenue models are most popular, and much more.

Developers Stories February 20, 2020

Apple pushes big Human Interface Guidelines update for developers using SiriKit

After Apple launched updated buttons, icons, and more for Sign In with Apple, Apple Health, and Apple Pay for developers last week, the Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) have seen another update with some big changes to the Siri resources of the Developer HIG.

Developers Stories February 14, 2020

Apple’s Developer HIG updated with new buttons, icons, Sign In with Apple logo

Apple has released an update for its Human Interface Guidelines resources for developers. The changes bring a new logo and buttons for Sign In with Apple, icon for Apple Health, Apple Pay templates, and more.

Developers Stories February 3, 2020

Apple has expanded the ability for eligible organizations to apply for developer account fee waivers today to eight more countries, bringing the total to 13 that have the opportunity to get free developer memberships.

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