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How to Install iOS 17 Beta Software Updates on Your iPhone

Thursday November 2, 2023 5:14 am PDT by
When Apple released the first iOS 17 beta to developers, for the first time it gave non-developers the opportunity to download beta software updates on their iPhones for free. Keep reading to learn how it's done. In years past when Apple has announced a major new operating system update, the first wave of betas has officially only been available to download if you are a paying subscriber to A...

How to Opt-in to Apple Developer Beta Software on iPhone and iPad

Tuesday April 4, 2023 5:08 pm PDT by
In iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4, Apple has changed the way users opt-in to developer and public beta updates on iPhone and iPad. Keep reading to learn why the change was made and how to turn it on. Going forward, Apple is changing things up so that developers no longer need to install a profile from the Developer Center in order to get developer betas. Instead, users who are enrolled in...

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iOS 18 Will Let You Activate Third-Party Camera From iPhone's Lock Screen or Action Button

Wednesday June 12, 2024 12:04 pm PDT by
iOS 18 includes a new LockedCameraCapture framework for developers, which will bring some useful new functionality to third-party apps with camera features. The update will let a third-party camera app be opened directly from the Lock Screen. The expansion of Control Center in ‌iOS 18‌ allows for third-party apps to be added to Control Center for quick access, and Control Center integrates...
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Apple Updates Developer Forums Ahead of WWDC, Provides Insights Into Available Developer Tools

Friday June 7, 2024 6:00 am PDT by
As the countdown to WWDC 2024 continues, Apple today highlighted the tools and programs that it makes available to developers, and announced an update to the Apple Developer Forums. Apple says that the updated forums will connect developers with more experts and with other developers for timely responses to technical questions. Apple engineers will provide code-level support, plus the forums ...
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WWDC 2024 Will Include In-Person Special Event at Apple Park

Tuesday March 26, 2024 12:12 pm PDT by
While Apple does not plan to hold a traditional in-person WWDC event this year, the company will invite select developers and students to attend a special event at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. On Monday, June 10, Apple will host a keynote viewing party to let attendees watch the pre-recorded unveiling of new software updates. Apple also promises "exciting new programming," ...
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Apple Working on Solution for EU Core Technology Fee Possibly Bankrupting Apps That Go Unexpectedly Viral

Monday March 18, 2024 2:07 pm PDT by
Since Apple announced plans for the 0.50 euro Core Technology Fee that apps distributed using the new EU App Store business terms must pay, there have been ongoing concerns about what that fee might mean for a developer that suddenly has a free app go viral. Apple's VP of regulatory law Kyle Andeers today met with developers during a workshop on Apple's Digital Markets Act compliance. iOS...
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Apple to Let EU iPhone Users Delete Safari and More Easily Transition to Android

Thursday March 7, 2024 10:42 am PST by
In addition to adding support for alternative app marketplaces and alternative payment methods in the European Union, Apple is making several other changes to comply with the terms of the Digital Markets Act. Apple today outlined some of its upcoming plans in a DMA Compliance Report [PDF]. Apple is going to make it easier for iPhone users to switch over to another operating system in the...
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Apple Gives Developers More Insight Into App Performance With Over 50 New Analytics Reports

Tuesday March 5, 2024 10:45 am PST by
Alongside the app ecosystem changes that Apple is making in the European Union to comply with the Digital Markets Act, Apple has introduced new analytics information that's available to developers around the world. There are more than 50 reports that are available through the App Store Connect API, with these reports aimed at giving developers more insight into their app performance. Apple...
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Apple Tweaks New EU App Store Business Terms After Developer Feedback

Tuesday March 5, 2024 9:41 am PST by
With the launch of iOS 17.4, Apple's app ecosystem changes in the European Union have gone into effect. Apple today said that it made some last minute updates to its terms of service after receiving feedback from developers. To distribute apps through an app marketplace, with a reduced fee to Apple, or with an alternative payment option, developers have to opt in to new business terms that...
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Apple Starts Letting Developers Add Alternative App Marketplaces to App Store Connect

Thursday February 8, 2024 1:17 pm PST by
EU developers can now add alternative app marketplaces to App Store Connect, Apple said today. Apple is also accepting submissions for the Notarization process, which is required for all apps that will be distributed through alternative marketplaces. Apple is making these changes to ‌App Store‌ Connect ahead of the launch of iOS 17.4, an update that overhauls the app ecosystem in the...
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Apple's 2024 Swift Student Challenge Now Live

Monday February 5, 2024 9:18 am PST by
Apple today began accepting submissions for its 2024 Swift Student Challenge. Apple's annual challenges ask students to create an innovative coding project using the Swift Playgrounds app. Apple first announced plans for an early 2024 launch in November 2023, giving students plenty of time to prepare for this year's event. Apple will select 350 winners for this year's challenge, and there ...
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App Developers Can Now Sign Up for Consultations on Complicated EU App Ecosystem Changes

Friday February 2, 2024 3:22 pm PST by
Apple this week announced that developers can sign up to meet with an Apple team member to discuss the changes being made to iOS, Safari, and the App Store in the European Union. Developers can request a 30-minute online consultation to ask questions and provide feedback about Apple's changes. Topics of discussion include alternative distribution on iOS, alternative payments in the ‌App Store‌...
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Apple Now Selling $300 Developer Strap for Vision Pro

Friday February 2, 2024 1:10 pm PST by
Through its Developer website, Apple is offering a $300 "Developer Strap" for the Vision Pro, which provides a USB-C connection between the headset and a Mac. Apple says that the Developer Strap is helpful for "accelerating the development of graphics-intensive apps and games." It is designed to provide the same audio experience as the standard Right Audio Strap, so it can be used for both...
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Apple Expands Analytics Available to Developers as Part of App Store Changes

Thursday January 25, 2024 1:51 pm PST by
As part of the App Store changes being enabled in Europe, Apple is providing all developers worldwide with updated analytics information. More than 50 new reports are available through the ‌App Store‌ Connect API to help developers analyze their app performance. Some of the new metrics: Engagement - Apple is offering additional insight into the number of users on the ‌App Store‌ that...
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Apple Launching 2024 Swift Student Challenge on February 5

Tuesday January 23, 2024 9:14 am PST by
Apple will begin accepting submissions for its next Swift Student Challenge on Monday, February 5, Apple said today in news provided to developers. Apple first announced plans for an early 2024 launch in November, giving students plenty of time to prepare. The Swift Student Challenge tasks students with creating an innovative coding project using the Swift Playgrounds app. Apple plans to...
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Apple to Launch Next Swift Student Challenge in February 2024

Wednesday November 8, 2023 5:00 am PST by
Apple today announced that it plans to hold its next Swift Student Challenge in February 2024, marking the first time the company has provided advanced notice to give students time to prepare. The Swift Student Challenge tasks students with creating an innovative coding project using the Swift Playgrounds app. This year's Swift Student Challenge will have 350 winners, and there will be a...
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Apple Invites Developers to Labs, Workshops and Vision Pro Sessions Held in November

Tuesday November 7, 2023 2:34 pm PST by
Apple today informed developers about a number of new developer activities that are taking place in November, including App Store activities, additional Vision Pro labs, technology consultations, and more. Apple in September began offering a range of "Meet with the Apple Experts" resources for developers, and the labs that are available this month are a continuation of that effort. There...
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Apple Expands Vision Pro Test Labs to New York City and Sydney

Tuesday October 17, 2023 1:03 pm PDT by
Apple today announced that it is expanding its Vision Pro developer labs to New York City, New York and Sydney, Australia to give developers additional locations where the new headset can be tested with their apps. Vision Pro developer labs first launched in August, giving developers a chance to try out the Vision Pro headsets to refine visionOS apps ahead of when the device launches next...
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Apple Launches 'Meet With Apple Experts' Resource for Developers

Tuesday September 26, 2023 3:22 pm PDT by
Apple today announced the launch of a new "Meet with the Apple Experts" resource for developers, providing developers with opportunities to participate in sessions, workshops, labs, and one-on-one meetings hosted by Apple. At the current time, Apple is offering more than 50 workshops and consultations, some of which are hosted online and some of which are in Cupertino. Most of the events are ...
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Apple Invites Developers to Cupertino for Workshop on Optimizing Apps for Performance and Battery Life

Wednesday September 6, 2023 3:42 pm PDT by
Apple today sent out emails inviting developers to visit the Apple Developer Center in Cupertino, California for a workshop on app optimization. Apple says that developers can learn to maximize app performance to "give people a great experience." Attendees will learn how to optimize Apple frameworks and what Apple tools can be used for identifying and resolving performance issues. Apple...
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Apple Vision Pro Developer Kits Now Available

Monday July 24, 2023 10:11 am PDT by
Apple today announced the release of Apple Vision Pro developer kits, with developers able to apply to receive a kit starting today. Developers will be provided with an Apple Vision Pro "loaner" that will allow them to develop and test apps. Along with a Vision Pro, developers will get help with device setup and onboarding, check-ins with Apple experts for UI design and development...
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Apple-Funded Study Suggests App Store Ecosystem Facilitated $1.1 Trillion in Sales in 2022

Wednesday May 31, 2023 10:00 am PDT by
The App Store was responsible for an estimated $1.1 trillion in developer billings and sales in 2022, according to an Apple-sponsored study conducted by economists from Analysis Group. Apple shared the results of the study today as part of an ongoing effort to highlight the benefits of the ‌App Store‌ and the successes of developers who use the Apple platform. A total of $910 billion of the...