Free training for mid to senior iOS developers – Next week
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Deprecated SiriKit Intent Domains
I didn't spot this at WWDC, but it seems significant and a little curious. 🤔 You should note from the article that even though there are plenty of deprecations here, it's not everything. It's not even everything inside a single domain. For example, you can create and search for notes but no longer amend them. As always with Apple, a little context or explanation would go a long way to help explain things like this. Did anyone see any context announced at WWDC that I missed?
Apple Entrepreneur Camp for Black founders and developers
It's that time of year again. 🚀 If this programme isn't for you, do you know someone who might be able to benefit from it? Please pass the link on. There are also details on registering your interest for a female founders intake in 2022.
TestFlight for iOS 15 and Monterey
If you're beta testing your iOS 15 and Monterey apps, you can now start distributing test versions through App Store Connect! Are there any interesting developer-focused apps that are not on my radar that are in development for September? Let me know by hitting reply!
The missing Info.plist in Xcode 13
I happened to create a new Xcode project recently and noticed this. I really like how this gets handled, especially when you start to add additional keys later. Keith Harrison has a quick recap of the feature and also tells us how to create a project that's still compatible with Xcode 12.
What's new in Xcode 13 beta 4
More betas and more features! Federico Zanetello takes what is becoming a regular look at everything new. Button styles, attributed strings, text fields, and more documentation too! 🚀
List Selection Based Navigation on macOS
I'm working on a SwiftUI app at the moment where I came up against the exact same problem that Matthaus Woolard had here. Navigation links and views can't always do what you need, especially on macOS.
Swift is the only language I could find with over 100 keywords
This is quite a wild statistic from Collin Donnell. It's no secret that Swift is a complex language, and I know that number of keywords isn't necessarily a metric you should read too much into, but I do think there's something to this.
Up to Speed
The Power of Optional Chaining
How? does? it? even? work? 😂 Let Khawer Khaliq explain.
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What do you mean, "Why does it have a unicorn horn?" Did you specify that it shouldn't have one? 😂
Last week, my final link used iDOS 2 to install Windows 3.1 on your iPad. I’m sure it wasn’t my link that focused Apple’s attention on the app. Many blogs and podcasts discussed it. Unfortunately, Apple has now told the developer to make fundamental changes within 14 days, or they’ll remove it from the App Store.
I’ve also had this article from the Panic blog in my saved links for a while. It’s the story of why their editor, Nova, won’t come to iPad as they initially said it would. Predictably, it’s also due to the same App Store rules.
The new iPad Pro is an incredible device. It has the M1 chip, an XDR screen, keyboard, trackpad, touch, and pen input, and it’s all wrapped up in what I think is the most beautiful industrial design coming out of Apple today.
My iPad is more than four years old now, and even though it still works well, it’s getting to the age where I would typically think about replacing it. But while I’ve added the new iPad Pro to my shopping basket several times, I haven’t checked out, and I don’t think I will.
The iPad can do many great things, but there’s no doubt that the App Store rules hold it back from fulfilling its potential. That said, I can’t see Apple wanting to give an inch on rules that would weaken the platform’s security. They’ve fought hard to create trust in iOS, and the tight restrictions on what developers can do partially protect the platform’s security.
The complexity comes when the same restrictions also benefit Apple in so many other ways than security, and that’s at the heart of so many of their current legal issues.
I’d love to see a more capable iPadOS. I want to see a full-featured iPad version of Nova, and running Windows 3.1 on an iPad for a few minutes is harmless fun. But I also highly value the trust that the protected environment has helped create. Changing these rules for everyone’s benefit is a challenging decision that I’m glad no one is asking me to make.
I still think that despite all their bias, Apple is in the best position to make changes to these rules. I just can’t see them doing that voluntarily. There’s too much at stake. Because of that, it might be a judge who gets to make that final decision, which scares me a little.
I’ve written on this topic a few times recently but never quite managed to get my thoughts down as clearly as it feels like I have this time. I hope you’ll forgive the repetition!Dave Verwer