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Apple expands TestFlight to include up to 1,000 public beta testers

Apple announced this week that it is expanding its TestFlight Beta testing service, now allowing developers to include public beta testers. According to the new program details, developers can invite up to 1,000 public beta testers via iTunes Connect. You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to...

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Apple relaunches iTunes Connect and introduces Test Flight app ahead of Sept 9 event

With the release of iOS 8 coming in the very near future, Apple is prepping developers with a few new tools to help keep their apps working for users and themselves. First up is the relaunch of iTunes Connect's web portal interface. Upon logging in, developers will notice a new flatter design...

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The most common reasons apps get rejected from the App Store

Apple last week posted a new page on its developer website relaying the most common reasons why applications are rejected from the App Store. The list of reasons provided by Apple isn't terribly surprising, and includes obvious strikes such as clunky user interfaces, bugs, broken links,...

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360iDev: Onboarding and the first 60 seconds

One of the most critical parts of any app is the onboarding process -- what it takes to get you interested in, educated about, and logged into an app or service. Developer Ben Johnson of Raizlabs provided a look at first impressions in apps in a 360|iDev 2014 presentation this morning titled...

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360iDev 2014 starts off with a bang

Denver has been a host city for the 360|iDev conference for a number of years, and this year's event for developers is currently underway in the Mile High City. TUAW is at the conference to see what the best brains in iOS development are up to. Although there were some conference sessions...

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Making a case for App Store curation

With over 1.2 million applications to choose from, it's hard to dispute that the App Store suffers from a discoverability problem. The degree to which the problem needs urgent addressing from Apple, however, remains an ongoing debate amongst developers and tech observers. Yesterday, former Apple...

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The plight of the Indie iOS developer: Is the App Store broken or is this much ado about nothing?

Instapaper and Overcast developer Marco Arment recently penned a blogpost arguing that Apple needs to do a whole lot more to direct users to higher quality apps. Under the current set up, Arment articulates that the "top lists" on the App Store tend to skew far too often towards low quality apps,...

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Apple has paid out over $20 billion to developers thus far

Apple's earnings conference call last week gave Tim Cook and newly minted CFO Luca Maestri the opportunity to provide us with more details regarding all facets of the company's business. One of the more interesting tidbits to emerge during the call is the fact that developers on the App Store...

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Apple launches blog for new Swift programming language

With the release of iOS 8 getting closer by the day, Apple has started a new blog to answer questions about Swift, the new programming language for iOS and OS X. Swift aims to make writing code more interactive and fun, while keeping apps running fast. The opening topic for the blog addresses...

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iOS 8 will give developers unfettered access to camera controls

Apple at WWDC this year unveiled an endless list of surprises, including 4,000 new APIs developers can take advantage of in iOS 8. Joshua Ho of AnandTech points us to one in particular that will have interesting ramifications on third party photo apps. With iOS 8's AVCaptureDevice APIs,...

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"Dances with iBeacons": Testing Radius Networks RadBeacons

Although I'm not a developer by any stretch of the imagination, I find the concept of iBeacons to be fascinating. The idea of low-power Bluetooth beacons that can coax apps into providing information about something that's near them is very cool, and a while back I wrote about some apps available...

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WWDC 2014 session videos available online

Apple's WWDC event has exploded in popularity in recent years, making it extremely difficult for most interested developers to secure tickets. Not to worry, though, because session videos from WWDC 2014 are available for your viewing enjoyment via Apple's developer website. Per usual, the videos...

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Swift file icons pay homage to Apple's "Here's to the crazy ones..." text

Though the glory days of Apple Easter eggs has passed us by, Apple every now and again manages to throw a little something fun into the mix. Most recently, developer Alexander Blunck discovered (via 9to5Mac) that if you zoom in close on the icons used for Swift files, you can see fragments of...

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Looking at Swift and what Steve Jobs said about increasing programmer productivity

Apple this week introduced Swift, a new high-level programming language meant to usher in a new future for iOS development. While there are a number of great facets to Swift, one of its more frequently cited benefits is that the syntax is much more approachable and readable than Objective-C....

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Apple's Swift programming language has been in the works for 4 years

Of the many surprises Apple had in store for us this past Monday, the introduction of an entirely new programming language called Swift was particularly well received by developers. John Gruber's tweet in the wake of the announcement sums things up rather well: Media badge people are silent,...

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