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If you’re looking for a list of what’s new in SwiftUI that you can filter by operating system and version, you could do much worse than this new site from Kuba Suder. My only feature request would be for the address bar to update as you enter a filter for easier sharing!
There are also the “old-style” API diffs that Matt Stevens continues to update. Just be aware that these don’t cover any Swift-specific frameworks.
Swift in the Secure Enclave
This is an interesting bit of trivia I missed as I watched this year’s What's New in Swift session. Swift is now in use inside the Secure Enclave! Thanks to Jacques Fortier for highlighting it in this tweet and to Angela Laar for pointing it out in the video.
SwiftUI for Mac 2022
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve referred to Sarah Reichelt’s invaluable set of posts from 2019 that covered her experience with SwiftUI on Mac. The framework has changed significantly since then, so we’re lucky that she has now written a fantastic update to it with this post. 🚀
SwiftUI 4 is killing my open-source projects
I’ve written about being happy when Apple makes open-source projects obsolete (as opposed to making third-party products obsolete, which is no fun to watch) by implementing the gaps they were filling several times. It happened with SimulatorStatusMagic, and on several other occasions, too. So I was happy to see Daniel Saidi’s recent post end with “Thank you Apple!” 👍
The Grid container in SwiftUI
The SwiftUI stack views have both lazy and non-lazy versions, but the grid views that Apple introduced last year arrived with only lazy ones. That’s fixed this year with the introduction of
Grid! Why would you want a non-lazy grid? Let’s let Natascha Fadeeva handle that question, shall we?
MVC for SwiftUI with Boutique
This is a really long blog post from Joe Fabisevich, but it’s worth taking a quick look at the packages introduced in it, Bodega and Boutique. The basic idea is that it’s simple storage for either raw
Data or objects (via
Codable) to disk. It has a simple API and might be what you are looking for if you don't need the complexity of Core Data.
It’s easy to add a dependency and much harder to remove one. I enjoyed this article from Josh Adams on auditing and removing over half of the dependencies from the app he works on. The app is now almost 15% smaller, builds 20% faster, and that doesn’t start to take into account how many fewer hidden bugs there are waiting to pounce.
Purgeable Mac Apps
Daniel Jalkut is good at the debugging, and the writing about the debugging. Most people would just have raised an eyebrow and pretended this wasn't happening! 🤨
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What are you doing there, all shiny and textured? Oh, just hanging on for dear life! 😅
I know this is a bit of an NSHipster move, but a new API from last week’s WWDC has been on my mind this week.
Discoverability is hard enough on small-screen devices when you use standard controls. It gets more challenging when you add gesture-based actions and navigation. When you get to integrations with Siri, you’re at an “almost impossible to discover” level. 😅
Yes, some apps do a fantastic job of showing off their Siri integration, but it’s an often left-behind step in the design process.
SiriTipViewgives you a system-standard way of showing people how they can interact with your app through Siri. It replaces the old “Add to Siri” button, but I like it much more now that it can be informative rather than an action your app’s users need to perform.
I have come to use Siri more and more over the years, and I hope to see App Shortcuts gain adoption quickly and see this view appear in many of the apps that I use! Give it a look.Dave Verwer