Apple now allows any developer to build HomeKit devices

Apple wants to open HomeKit to even more devices by allowing any developer to build products which use the platform.

Many large smart home products support HomeKit for easy control of devices, but you previously had to go through Apple’s licensing program just to start tinkering with it. Apple kept quiet on HomeKit during their WWDC keynote, but it dropped some big news for the maker community shortly after...

Any registered developer can now start building HomeKit devices. Removing the licensing...

By Ryan Daws, 08 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, iOS, IoT, Platforms.

What developers need to know following Apple’s WWDC 17 keynote

Apple’s keynote at its annual WWDC event often leans towards consumer announcements, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for developers.

This year, the computing giant announced “the biggest software release ever” for iPad while also squeezing in a few iPhone features, improvements to macOS, a new product line in ‘HomePod’ which is somewhere between a Google Home competitor and Sonos rival, an interesting AR platform, and a machine learning API.

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By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Apple, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Apple developers break $70 billion earnings as Swift Playgrounds expands to educate the next generation

Apple has announced developers total earnings from the App Store have now crossed $70 billion and the company is expanding Swift Playgrounds to educate the next generation of developers.

In the past twelve months alone, downloads in the App Store have grown over 70 percent.

“People everywhere love apps and our customers are downloading them in record numbers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. He added, “Seventy billion dollars earned by...

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS.

Apple launches a curriculum for schools teaching Swift

Apple has launched a curriculum for schools teaching app development using the company’s beloved Swift programming language.

Now available on the iBooks store, the ‘App Development with Swift’ curriculum is a full-year course designed by Apple’s engineers and educators which aims to help students get started with various elements of app design.

“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the US economy as a whole. The app economy and software...

By Ryan Daws, 26 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Mac, Platforms.

Apple slashes affiliate app commission by almost 65 percent

According to a document obtained by MacStories’ Federico Viticci, Apple plans to slash the commission received for some affiliate referrals.

The rate, beginning May 1st, will be reduced by almost 65 percent to just 2.5 percent from the current 7 percent. The document indicates the reduced rate will only affect App Store and in-app purchase referrals, at least for now. Referrals for iTunes content such as music, movies, TV shows, and books will still receive the 7 percent rate.

Apple plans to slash the...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Apple, Industry.

Raspberry Pi releases desktop computer OS

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The creators of the Raspberry Pi, a small $35 computer often used for 'maker' projects, have released an OS for traditional x86 desktop computers. 

Under the name of PIXEL, the primary aim of the OS is to enable Pi creators to write software which can be used across fellow devices without the need for changes. The secondary aim, and it's a bold one, is to produce the "best" computing experience...

By Ryan Daws, 23 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Microsoft, Platforms.

Visual Studio is coming to macOS this week

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Continuing its efforts to make Windows app development as simple as possible for developers no matter their platform, Microsoft is bringing Visual Studio to Mac.

In the past, developers would either have to run Windows or use a virtual machine of the OS on Mac to access Visual Studio. Microsoft planned to make the announcement on Wednesday during its Connect() developer conference but The Verge

By Ryan Daws, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

Prepare for a curved, home button-less iPhone 8

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The iPhone 7 is barely out the door but from a quick glance you would find it difficult to distinguish from its predecessor. A couple of recent industry moves leads us to believe a more radical change is to be expected for the iPhone's upgrade next year. 

One big change in how you use the iPhone 7 is with the 'Home Button' which has shifted from...

By Ryan Daws, 07 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Devices, iOS, Platforms.

There’s still room for apps: Three tips for independent developers

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Global app downloads are on the decline, even for the most popular in Apple’s App Store. Out of established apps in the U.S., only Uber and Snapchat saw download growth in recent months. So what gives? 

Reports show that 94% of the revenue generated through the App Store goes to the top 1% of publishers, turning the business into a winner-take-all type of system. Because of this,...

By Q Manning, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Marketing.

Why Apple and Google are now reaching out to indie developers

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Without the marketing and UA budgets of the bigger app studios, indie developers can have trouble spreading the word about their applications, being featured in the app stores, and gaining big user bases.

For years, indie developers have criticised the two biggest app stores, the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, for prioritizing big studio games over the independent developers who form the backbone of the app economy. Now, Apple and Google are beginning to unveil new features...

By StartApp, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Apple, App Stores.