Apps will soon need to be submitted to the App Store using Xcode 13

Apple has reminded developers that apps will soon need to be submitted to the App Store using Xcode 13.

From 25 April 2022, Apple will only accept the submission of apps that are built using the latest version of its IDE.

“iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with Xcode 13, which includes the SDKs for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8,” wrote Apple on its developer site.

Apple goes on to tout how Xcode 13 enables developers...

Swift Playgrounds 4.0 removes the need for a Mac to publish apps

Apple has released Swift Playgrounds 4.0, enabling users to build and submit their apps solely using an iPad.

Swift Playgrounds was initially released in 2016 as an educational tool and development environment for Apple’s latest native programming language, which was released a couple of years prior.

The iPad version of Swift Playgrounds arrived first before a macOS version was released last year. However, a Mac has always been required to actually publish an...

‘Massive’ Swift 5.5 release fixes ‘pyramid of doom’ and more

Apple has debuted Swift 5.5, a “massive” release that fixes its “pyramid of doom” issue among introducing other major changes.

An issue with how Swift previously handled concurrency meant that a “pyramid of doom” of difficult-to-follow nested calls would occur when a developer wrote several asynchronous operations.

Swift language inventor Chris Lattner had previously acknowledged that error handling gets ugly “because Swift's natural error handling...

Hey, Swift developers! You can now build Windows apps

Swift developers can now build apps for Windows using their language of choice.

In a blog post, Swift Core team member Saleem Abdulrasool announced the release of Swift toolchain images for Windows.

The toolchains contain various components required for building and running Swift code on Microsoft’s operating system.

Apparently, it’s taken over a year’s worth of work to port Swift to Windows.

“Porting Swift to Windows is not about simply...

Apple doubles use of Swift in iOS 13 as it shifts away from Objective-C

An analysis shows that Apple’s own use of Swift has doubled in iOS 13 as it further distances itself from Objective-C. First introduced by Apple in 2014, Swift is now the main programming language for development across Cupertino’s platforms. Adoption of Swift by third-party developers is high, but much of Apple’s operating system still uses Objective-C. Of course, much of Apple’s reason to continue using Objective-C code within its operating systems is that it’s legacy code which...

Apple partners with France-based Simplon for Swift training

Apple has announced a partnership with French vocational school Simplon who will provide Swift programming language training. Simplon initially plans to launch their Swift training in Paris and Lyon in January. All going to plan, the company will expand to elsewhere in the country. Participants will enrol in a four-week program which has been developed by Apple itself along with various academic experts. In addition to the program, Apple will provide funding to recruit more teachers and help...

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...

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 development...