As part of its WWDC 2014 keynote address, Apple introduced Swift, their new programming language. Now one of the company's own programmers has created a clone of the popular mobile game Flappy Bird with Swift to show how easy it is to make a game with the language.
We've got more news coming from WWDC! TestFlight, a popular means of testing iOS apps before they hit primetime in the App Store, will be rolled out as a free service to developers shortly. Developers will be able to seamlessly invite users to try out apps and rollout updates.
A couple of years after I got my first Mac, Apple introduced a really innovative tool called HyperCard, which made it possible for you to create programs without having to know how to program. There's really nothing like it today, and I think the Mac is lesser for it. Do you remember HyperCard?
Apple has released a new beta build of OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. The new release, build 13C62, is ready for download from the Mac Dev Center on Apple's developer site. If you're a registered Mac developer, you can download it now.
Often times developer gatherings give the company behind the event a springboard to publicly announced their plans for the future. Take Apple's WWDC or Google I/O as an example. Valve is taking the exact opposite strategy with Steam Dev Days, a planned two-day game developer's conference that the company says is "off the record." The event takes place on January 15-16, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
As it sits now, if you want to share a photo to Google+ from your iPhone, you need to take a photo with the Camera app, leave the app, and launch Google+. There really isn't any easy way to communicate with Google apps unless it's a third party developer that's went out of their way to include support. According to the Google+ Developers Blog, Google plans on changing that with a Google+ iOS SDK for developers.
Apple has published updated App Store review guidelines that include changes and clarifications to policies for apps aimed at children, as well as new restrictions on gambling apps and apps that might result in a user injuring themselves. Apple has created a new section in the guidelines regarding what is acceptable for kids under the age of 13. Apps that are intended for use by children under 13 must conform to these new rules, including the prohibition on they kinds of ads developers can display in them, says Apple:
Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) tickets sold out in minutes, but if you're going to be in San Francisco the second week of June, there's an alternative event happening that you may be interested in. AltWWDC is scheduled to take place at the same time as WWDC, and only a block away from the Moscone Center, where WWDC is held. What's more, it's free.
Recent research of the global app ecosystem broke down how the landscape has changed in the last year, and as you might expect, Apple turns out pretty well. The survey encompassed the responses of 1,500 developers across 83 countries and 7 mobile platforms (each one with at least 50 developers responding).