Apple Gives Devs Until Feb 1 to Optimize Apps for iOS 7
Apple informed developers this week that all applications must be optimized for iOS 7 no later than February 1. The apps will need to be built with Xcode5 and matched against iOS 7's human interface guidelines. The result should be a more seamless experience for users.
Apple Releases iOS 10 Developer Beta 2
Apple today made a second beta version of iOS 10 available to developers. According to Apple, the new beta contains bug fixes and other improvements.
Apple to Developers: Start Making Apps with WatchKit
Apple today released WatchKit, the set of tools developers need in order to create apps for the forthcoming Apple Watch. Apple said developers can create notifications for their apps that appear on the Apple Watch, as well as create Glances (Apple parlance for quick nuggets of app-specific data).
Apple Makes iTunes App Store More Appealing for Devs
Apple today outlined a number of changes headed to the App Store that will benefit both consumers and developers alike. The App Store will add a new explore tab, as well as a tool for viewing the top-trending searches and continuous scrolling in the search result screens.
iOS Apps Can Now Be As Big As 4 GB
Apple has increased the maximum size of applications allowed in the iOS App Store from 2 GB to 4 GB. Apple says this should allow developers to "include more media in [their] submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation." The majority of apps fall well under 100MB in size, but games increasingly need more storage.