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:
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:
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.
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.
Apple has pushed out an update to their Developer Portal maintenance page to give developers some additional information about the current status of things in the wake of their security breach. The update announces the order in which developers can expect services and functionality to be restored.
Alongside the much anticipated update to the Google Maps application for iOS, the Maps team at Mountain View has gone ahead and pushed out a new version of the Maps SDK for iOS. This is the tool that iOS app developers need to put to work in order to incorporate Google Maps into their creations, and the latest version adds a couple of headline new features; street view and indoor maps.