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Google Maps SDK for iOS updated, gives developers street view and indoor maps for their app

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.

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Developers: Better secure your in-app purchase transactions with free Beeblex service

Following the recent App Store in-app purchase hack -- the one that worked as a man-in-the-middle attack to spoof iTunes, rip off vendors, and potentially harvest user data -- developer Marco Tabini has launched a new, free Beeblex service to better the secure the process for everyone. Except for the hackers, of course. And that's the point.

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Apple updates iOS 5 SDK beta for developers

Apple has had a number of updates pushed through the pipeline today, and the latest comes in the form of their iOS 5 SDK beta. The updated SDK (software development kit) allows developers to tap into features included in iOS 5 and future beta releases.

Developers working with the iOS 5 SDK beta have access to app integration with iCloud Storage, Newsstand Kit, Core Image, GLKit, Twitter, and new Game Center APIs. iOS Developer Program members can log in to download iOS 5 beta files and the new iOS 5 SDK beta from Apple's iOS Dev Center.

If you notice anything specific just drop into our iOS Developer Forums and let us know!

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Will international app developers leave the US App Store over patent fears?

As expected Lodsys was but the first highly publicized patent troll to try its hand at getting licensing fees from small, independent iOS developers, and as more come creeping out of the woodwork, some international devs are considering leaving the US App Store to avoid the costs and potential legal nightmares.

Simon Maddox on Twitter:

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iOS 5 contains references to new iPhone and iPad models

As with all new beta firmware, it appears there are references to new hardware in iOS 5. I expected there to be references to a 5th generation iPhone model but there are also placeholders for new iPad models as well. TUAW is reporting that they found references to not only two difference 5th generation iPhone models, but 2 different iPad models as well.

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iOS 4.1 and iPhone SDK 4.1 beta released by Apple

Earlier this afternoon Apple released the very first beta for iOS 4.1 along with the software development kit (SDK) to all developers. Unfortunately, there has been no word on what changes have been made within the software from Apple. If you are a developer and notice anything worth a mention, be sure to let us know.

Sound off in the comments below!

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Apple Slightly Changes Terms in Section 3.3.2 Dealing With Cross-Compiling and Use of Interpretors

The iOS 4 GM seed (gold master) released during WWDC 2010 once again made changes to Section 3.3.2 of Apple's licensing agreement -- specifically the part that deals deals with the use of cross-compilers.  The changes this time around may not make things all better, but it could make things slightly better for some developers.  Matt Drance had this to say about the change to Section 3.2.2:

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iOS 4 GM seed now live, app submissions begin June 10

Apple has released the 378MB Gold Master (GM) seed for iOS 4 (formerly iPhone OS 4) and it's now available to developers via (after you agree to the new terms of use). Apple has also announced that developers can begin submitting iOS 4 compatible apps to the iTunes App Store beginning June 10.

So let's get going devs, we know you're going to amaze us!


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More proof of video iChat, possible Game Center integration in iPhone OS 4 SDK beta 2

The evidence that iChat video is coming with the 4th generation iPhone continues to pile up with iPhone OS 4 beta 2 released just last week.

However, it does not end there. More code reveals that the iPhone must be registered for video conferencing along with the possibility of the feature only being used via Wi-Fi and not 3G data. So those who had hoped for video chat using their networks 3G connection may be a bit disappointed.


blockquote>ACCOUNT_NOT_REGISTERED_MESSAGE = "This device has not been registered for video conferencing.";


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UPDATED: iPhone OS 4 SDK beta 2 now available

Apple has just released iPhone OS 4 SDK beta 2 on for developers. Update: Here's the official word:

iPhone SDK 4 beta 2 and iPhone OS 4 beta 2 are now available from the iPhone Dev Center. The new iPhone SDK introduces an auto-provisioning feature that allows you to add a new device in a single step from within the Xcode Organizer, making it even easier to enable a device for testing your applications. View the Xcode 3.2.3 Read Me for more details on this feature.

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