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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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Apple releases Xcode 5 into the Mac App Store

If you're an iOS or Mac developer, you'll already be familiar with Xcode for OS X. And, to coincide with todays public release of iOS 7 Apple has pushed version 5.0 into the Mac App Store.

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Apple tells developers to get ready for the new App Store kids categories

Following up on the WWDC 2013, announcement of new iOS 7 kids categories for the App Store, Apple has emailed registered developers in order to help them prepare any child-friendly apps they may be submitting when it goes live. The email says, in part:

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95% of developers surveyed say they're full steam ahead on iOS 7 updates

This fall Apple will be releasing iOS 7, and with it, a whole new design language and feature set for developers to adjust to and pass along to the people using their apps. How many designers and developers plan to update, especially considering how few people seem willing to pay for updates? Hall of famer Craig Hockenberry of the Iconfactory was curious as well, so he put up a survey, and shared the results on Furbo:

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Apple tells developers most services will be restored this week

Apple has let developers know that they plan to restore most of the services still effected by the recent downtime this week. Many developer resources are already back up, with only the Member Center, Xcode automatic configuration, program enrollment and renewals, and technical support still down.

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Apple releases iOS 7 beta 4 - developers, go get it!

Apple has just released iOS 7 Beta 4 to developers. It's now available over-the-air (OTA) and on-device via Settings > General > Software Update, and should be soon as complete download via the newly restored developer.apple.com as well.

The only public-facing information about it right now is that it contains bug fixes and improvements. iOS 7 remains under non-disclosure (NDA) as Apple prepares it for public release this fall.

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Apple Developer Center returns after an eight day outage

Apple's Developer Center has returned after a long eight days of downtime that began in response to a security threat last week. The recently launched System Status page shows that the iOS Dev Center,Mac Dev Center, and Safari Dev Center are all back up.

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