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Apple asks developers to start sending in iOS 8 apps for App Store approval

Hot in the heels of Apple's iPhone 6 launch with new Retina Display screen sizes and resolutions, along with additional iOS 8 functionality, Apple is now asking developers to submit and update their apps for iOS 8. As iOS 8 will be launching on September 17th, Apple likely wants to have everything in order for the launch of iOS 8 and for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Big Nerd Ranch hits the road this fall to teach iOS 8 and Swift

App development education group Big Nerd Ranch has announced a roadshow for Swift and iOS 8. Coming this fall, the eight-city show will offer advanced classes for both Swift and iOS 8 to experienced iOS developers. These will be one-day courses, and developers can sign up for either or both. They will run from 8AM to 5PM and cost $700. Both classes will go over the ins and outs of Apple's new software and programming language, for instance, detailing the differences in writing in Swift and Objective-C.

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Unread dev provides a look at the harsh realities of indie app development

Jared Sinclair, the developer behind RSS reader app Unread, has provided a detailed account of Unread's first year of existance. It's a sobering look at the state of indie app development and the market for pay up front apps. Sinclair goes in-depth about the stress of creating Unread, and the toll it took on his life. And all of the effort put into the app has not translated into sustainable revenue, according to the post on Sinclair's blog:

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FiftyThree's Bluetooth-enabled Pencil for iPad now ready for developers

FiftyThree now has a software development kit available for devs that want to make use of their snazzy Bluetooth-enabled Pencil accessory. This enables new interactions whereby the app can recognize a fingertip, a palm (which can generally be rejected as input), the tip of the Pencil, or the rectangular eraser head.

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iPhone and iPad app developers are the most likely to be making money

It's not easy to make it as an app developer. That's the key takeaway from the latest State of the Developer Nation report from Vision Mobile, pulling together data from more than 10,000 mobile developers (including some of you) across 137 countries. With that many developers they were able to get a broad view of what's popular and (more importantly) what's successful in making great apps.

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Apple launches Swift blog to keep developers up to date on the new language

Apple has launched a new blog focused on their new Swift programming language. At the moment, there are two posts to the blog. The first is a welcome post. The second deals with Swift's compatibility with current apps, source code, and more. From Swift blog:

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Developers can now add Google Wallet Instant Buy to their apps

Google will now let iOS app developers add Google Wallet's Instant Buy to their apps. Instant Buy makes payment using Google Wallet quick and easy, letting customers check out on retailers' mobile websites and apps with just a couple of taps. The feature debuted for mobile sites and Android apps last month.

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iOS apps can now "facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies"

A new section in the App Store guidelines suggests that virtual currencies like Bitcoin may very well be supported in the future on iOS. Previously Apple had placed a ban on those sorts of apps, but section 11.17 shows there's been some easing up.

"Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions."

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Apple pays tribute to awesome iOS app developers in latest video

Today's WWDC keynote kicked off with a great video of everyday users talking about how they're using their iPhones and iPads, and how they feel about the people that make the apps they use every day. The video runs through a bunch of common conceptions about what developers look like and how the act, but more importantly, it's showing the gratitude people have towards devs. Take a watch and try not to feel just a little warm and fuzzy inside.

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Metal helps game developers get the most out of iOS hardware

Apple has announced Metal, a way to help game developers get the most power out of iPhone hardware in iOS 8. Metal reduces OpenGL overhead and is described by Apple as "near bare-to-the-metal" of the Apple A7 chip.

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