Developers

Apple tells developers apps must be 'optimized' for iOS 7 by February 1, 2014

Apple has posted a notice advising developers that, by February 1, 2014, all apps submitted to the App Store much be "optimized" for iOS 7. From News and Announcements for Apple Developers:

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Apple seeds new OS X 10.9.1 beta: Developers, come and get it!

Apple has posted a new beta version of OS X 10.9.1, marked as build 13B40. The new release is current available for pre-release testing by registered Mac developers.

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Apple gives game developers the ability to boot cheats from Game Center leaderboards

Call it poetic whack-a-mole, but Apple has just given game developers the ability to obliterate fake scores from Game Center leaderboards to help crack down on cheaters. Apple:

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OS X Mavericks Server can create bots to help developers make better apps faster

If you're a developer and you've ever wished you had magical bots to help you build, analyze, and test your apps, well OS X Mavericks Server can do just that. And Apple has sent out an email saying so:

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Changes to code signing in OS X Mavericks and what developers need to know

It sounds like OS X Mavericks, which could launch any week now, introduces some changes to code-signing that developers will find frustrating if they're not up to speed on them. Craig Hockenberry on Furbo.org:

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Reveal goes 1.0, lets developers explode their apps, find bugs faster

Earlier this year we reviewed a promising runtime inspector for iOS apps called Reveal. While Reveal has been available as a beta for months, the makers, Itty Bitty Apps, have now released a complete version 1.0 of the app.

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Apple introduces volume purchase program for Mac App Store

Apple's volume purchasing program which currently lets developers offer discounts to businesses and educational institutions who buy large amounts of their apps, is being extended to the Mac. Apple sent out the following note to developers enrolled in the Mac program:

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The present and future of Vesper for iOS 7

Vesper gets a lot of attention because it's crafted by well-known personalities in the Apple community, namely Brent Simmons, Dave Wiskus, and John Gruber. Part of the reason they're well-known, however, is because they're not only capable of great craft, but of explaining the creative and business processes behind it. That makes it as valuable as them. Cases in point, Brent Simmons technical details on Vesper 007's iOS 7 implementation on Inessential:

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iOS 7 Safari: Features and bugs HTML5 developers need to be aware of

Safari, Apple's web browser on both Mac and mobile, got a substantial update with iOS 7, including a new interface, new features, and for developers, new API. The latter brings with it some benefits, but apparently a bunch of bugs that need to be avoided, worked around, or otherwise dealt with. From Max Firtman on MobileXWeb:

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Apple announces iOS 7 Tech Talks dates, locations for 2013

Apple has just announced their Tech Talks dates and locations for 2013. The messaging is heavily iOS 7-centric, which is no surprise given the changes their most popular platform went through this year. There are also app days and game days, which is great to see. Here's the current schedule (app day/game day), according to Apple's Developer Center:

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