Xcode Stories June 5

Apple releases Swift Playgrounds 1.5, Xcode 9 & Swift Playgrounds 2 beta to developers

Following today’s keynote, Apple has released the first betas for Xcode 9 and Swift Playgrounds 2. Today also marks the release of Swift Playgrounds 1.5 which will allow young developers to take control of robots, drones, and musical instruments.

Xcode Stories June 16, 2016

Developer Andrew Wilk tweeted screengrabs of what appears to be an early version of Dark Mode in the first iOS 10 beta, running in Xcode.

Mac Aficionados responded with their own screengrabs, saying that they’d found it in iBooks, Safari, Alarm and iTunes, though it’s unclear whether the iBooks example differs from the existing app-specific dark mode introduced in iOS 9 …

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Xcode Stories April 19, 2016

Apple releases Xcode 7.3.1 GM with bug fixes to developers

Apple today has pushed the golden master build of Xcode 7.3.1 to developers. The update carries the build number 7D1012 and focuses primarily on bug fixes ahead of its upcoming release to the general public.

Xcode Stories March 27, 2016

How-To: Create a free Apple developer account for sideloading apps

Starting with Xcode 7, Apple made it possible to sideload apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV using a free Apple ID. Although a paid developer account is still required to deploy apps to the App Store, users wishing to sideload open source apps on a personal device can do so with relative ease. In this post, we’ll show you how easy it is to create a free Apple developer account for sideloading apps using Xcode.

Xcode Stories March 21, 2016

Apple releases Xcode 7.3, with better code completion and support for latest SDKs

Apple has released Xcode 7.3 for developers, following a lengthy beta period, with several new features, enhancements and bug fixes. First and foremost, Xcode 7.3 includes the latest SDKs for iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, OS X 10.11.4. It also bundles the latest release of Swift version 2.2.

Xcode 7.3 include several new features, including more intelligent code completion so developers can more quickly write their programs. It also lets developers more easily handle developing for Apple Watch, with quick switching between paired Watches. The debugger now automatically evaluates framework code, a big pain point for developers to date. The static analyzer has been upgraded to detect more potential issues related to pointer nullability.

Grab Xcode 7.3 now from the Mac App Store.

Xcode Stories February 22, 2016

In his security and privacy post regarding iOS’s current music library, Ben Dodson adds a small addendum explaining that with iOS 9.3 apps can now add music that currently exists in the Apple Music catalog directly to a user’s music library. While a small and under-discussed feature, it opens up further possibilities for many different kinds of apps and application developers. expand full story

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