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It’s almost WWDC time! 🚀😍🎉

Looking around Twitter and the web this week, I see two very different narratives from the community about this year’s conference. On the one hand, I see the usual excitement, anticipation, and hope for Xcode to be better at understanding Swift. On the other, I see more unrest and frustration in the Apple developer community than I’ve ever seen before. This post from Marco Arment is a good summary of how many people feel.

I think some of you are hoping for an App Store focused announcement at the conference. Maybe all of this pressure from lawsuits, anti-trust investigations, and the community will force Apple’s hand, and they’ll relent on some aspect of the App Store?

I don’t think that’s going to happen. First, I don’t think now is the right time for Apple to make any drastic business changes to the App Store. The Apple/Epic trial may be over, but the verdict is still weeks or months away and making changes now would send all sorts of awkward messages.

It’s more than that, though. I don’t think this is fixed by “simply” making more changes to the App Store. This level of unrest doesn’t go away with another tweak to the percentages or by enabling side-loading. As Marco says in his article, this is much more about how Apple treats third party developers generally.

To be clear, I’m talking about Apple as an entity here, not about individual employees. In my experience, Apple employees are genuine, kind, empathetic individuals who care deeply about developers. Unfortunately, as a company, it can feel very different.

There’s no quick fix for this and no single announcement that makes it go away. If Apple wants their relationship with developers to improve, it’ll take consistent change over time, starting close to the top. It’s not just about the App Store terms and conditions.

It’s a shame because we’re in the midst of so much tremendously exciting technical work from the company, and it’s partly overshadowed. I’d much rather be talking about that!

Dave Verwer

WWDC

So what’s your plan for the conference? Over and above what we had from Apple last year, there’s also virtual lounges, but that’s only covering the official side of things. The community side is just as exciting!

WWDC.community is back and bigger than ever this year. There’s so much going on there, you really must check it out. There’s also WWDC Together, the AltConf Keynote stream, and the Ray Wenderlich WWDC Livecast for live streams and chat. There are also a few networking events throughout the week. Some organised by the Diversity in Swift team, try! Swift DUB DUB, and the NSScreencast Remote Happy Hour. Then, why not finish up the week in style at the iOS Dev Happy Hour? There should be something to fit every preference and every timezone!

But we’re all here to learn as well, right? So if you’re looking for notes, the WWDC notes site is back for 2021, as is the WWDC Community: Learning and sharing repository where you can contribute throughout the week.

Finally, and some might say most importantly, no WWDC would be complete without James Dempsey and the Breakpoints!

Have a great conference, everyone! I’ll be back with a round-up next Friday, as usual.

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Insiders

Thanks so much to this week’s iOS Dev Weekly Insiders! Dave Teare, Jack Spargo, Rob Timpone, Troy Gaul, and Riley Testut. Thank you all so much. 🙏

This week’s insider’s call is immediately after the keynote on Monday, and we’ll naturally chat about all the announcements! Would you like to join us?

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