Apple releases iOS 9.3 developer beta – hints at future abilities

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/ymgerman)

Head over to Apple's Developer Centre this morning and you’ll find a beta of iOS 9.3 if you’re a registered developer. Apple has posted a preview of what to expect in the upcoming version of the OS, so it’s high time we drill through what goodness it contains: 

Night Shift 

One application which has kept me on Android is called...

By Ryan Daws, 12 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Platforms.

Apple smashed its own App Store sales record

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/Stephen Krow)

Most companies will expect year-on-year growth if they are performing well, but Apple has reported they've smashed their own App Store sales record over the past year, including the biggest single day of sales over its history during the holiday season.

In total, Apple reports the App Store took in over $20 billion during the course of 2015. When you compare to 2014, where the App...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Apple makes a Swift move towards open source

When you think of Apple, rarely does "open source" come to mind. Last year Apple introduced a brand-new programming language called Swift which aimed to make coding applications for iOS or OS X a modern experience – and it promised that it would be open source. 

A few people would have rolled their eyes at this; with some people thinking back to Steve Jobs taking stage at WWDC to announce that FaceTime would also be open source. However, Apple made good on its promise this morning to open source...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Languages, Platforms.

Opinion: Should you choose a Web or a Native app?

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/Aeya)

The first step in developing an app is determining whether it should be native or on the web. This decision will impact every stage of development, from hiring the right programmers to determining which devices it can be accessed on.

Wait — Aren’t There Hybrid Solutions?

While current technology allows for hybrid applications — either by wrapping browser scripting in a native app like 

By Q Manning, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Mobile.

Opinion: Unraveling cross-platform app development

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/Ersin KISACIK)

With more and more developers looking to get into mobile, it would make sense that they would want to use the tools of their choice. But, what are the options for developing mobile apps in general? You may be asking yourself, “How can I develop for iOS without a Mac?” “How can I develop for Android without learning Java?” Maybe, even more importantly, is,...

By Michael Crump, 23 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

CodePush enables instant updates to Cordova and React Native apps

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/Eva Katalin Kondoros)

Microsoft has an SDK in beta dubbed CodePush which enables Cordova and React Native developers to deploy instant mobile app updates to users' devices. CodePush acts like a central repository which developers can publish updates to, with applications querying the repository for updates using the provided client SDKs. 

This allows for...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Mobile.

Opinion: Tools for easier mobile app development

(Image Credit: iStockPhoto/NorthernStock)

Smartphones are so deeply entrenched in our lives that developers can reach hundreds, thousands, even millions of users – provided that they actually build a high-quality app that can appeal to a large variety of people. While anyone can build an app, creating one that people use, enjoy, and recommend takes work.

This list of 10 tools for mobile app developers is...

By JT Ripton, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Why iOS 7 was more than a design refresh – and how it influences the current OS

(c)iStock.com/Łukasz Juszczak

The iPhone is the most successful consumer product of all time, with over 700 million units sold since 2007. The iPhone’s big sibling, the iPad also regularly ranks on lists of the top selling consumer products of all time, with over 250 million sold since 2010. So successful is the iPhone, that it has propelled Apple to be the most profitable company, by a long stretch, ever.

As the software that runs on Apple’s mobile products and is the basis for watchOS, CarPlay,...

By Olly Berry, 04 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, iOS.

Developers, use 'Rewind' to prevent users leaving your app

(Image Credit: Chris Marquardt)

When a user encounters an issue, they'll often delete the software and move onto a competing application without reporting the problem they faced. This can leave the developer perplexed as to what happened and without solid data to prevent more in the future. 

A new solution from Testfire, called Rewind,...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Enterprise, iOS, Quality, Testing.

Xamarin becomes the native cross-platform solution for C# and Java developers

(Image Credit: Nik Cubrilovic)

Xamarin has announced its acquisition of RoboVM, a momentous step for both companies which means C# and Java developers need only look to a single development solution for native deployment across each of the major platforms. 

The software has been a beloved tool for C# developers for some...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.