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Apple gives May 1 deadline for Mac apps to switch from garbage collection to ARC

Apple announced today that new Mac apps and app updates will no longer be able to use garbage collection, a system for managing an application's memory use, after May 1. Instead, developers must switch to using Automatic Reference Counting (ARC).

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Amazing indie app developers in handy list form

Graham Spencer had an idea β€” He asked indie app developers to say "hi!" to him on Twitter. Roughly 200 did. He used that data to create a Twitter list, but he also compiled it into a table that includes where the developer is located, what apps they make, and their Twitter handle. It's an amazing piece of work.

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Google's Route 85 series aims to show developers how to build for iOS

Google has created a new web series that is hosted on YouTube titled Route 85 to show developers how to use Google APIs and tools to build apps for iOS. Despite releasing a number of different Google-branded products, like Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Search, for iOS, Google laments that it isn't viewed as an iOS company, and it is hoping to change that with Route 85.

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Dash API Docs is the reference every iOS app developer needs

Developers need to know APIs, and Dash API Docs aims to bring them all into one place. Without knowing the APIs, it's incredibly hard to accomplish anything. But figuring out which API is going to do the thing you need it to do can be difficult task. So that's where the new app Dash API docs comes into play, bundling together the documentation for not one, not two, but 150 API documentations in one place.

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iTunes Connect going down for maintenance on November 16

Apple is informing developers that they will be taking the iTunes Connect developer portal down for maintenance on November 16. Developers will be unable to access iTunes Connect for around six hours beginning at 9am ET/6am PT. Content delivery will be unavailable during this window.

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Apple WatchKit to enable developers looking to get into wearables

During Apple's Mac and iPad event today, the WatchKit SDK was announced for a November launch, so developers will be able to make apps for the upcoming Apple Watch.

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

Hot on 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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