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EU Approves Legislation to Regulate Apple and Other Big Tech Firms
It’s always hard to tell the exact impact of these decisions, but “formally adopted“ certainly seems like this is on its way to becoming significant. Apple’s response to these bits of legislation is predictable. They will comply but only make the minimum changes required in each territory.
So if or when this becomes law, you can likely look forward to an iOS where various features like sideloading are enabled/disabled based on country of purchase. I’d imagine they’ll also eat some months/years of fines before they start making any of these changes. What a mess.
Storyboards deprecated for watchOS apps
Curtis Herbert is correct, and the writing is on the wall. However, before you panic, deprecation indicates that you should migrate away from something rather than its imminent removal. APIs that Apple deprecates usually stick around for years before being removed. I also don’t think this indicates they’ll touch XIBs or storyboards on iOS/macOS. They will be here for a very long time.
Still, it’s an interesting development!
Did Xcode 14 beta 3 cause you Interface Builder problems?
Did this week’s Xcode beta break Interface Builder for you like it did for others? It’s unusual that installing a beta alongside a shipping version of Xcode would cause system-wide problems, but if you are stuck, then this tip from Josh Hrach might help you out.
Guilherme Rambo has been experimenting with macOS 11’s Virtualization framework and the Ventura beta, and just like that, he now has a new app! It’s open-source, so feel free to look at how it works or contribute something!
Proxyman for iOS development
Natascha Fadeeva digs into using Proxyman for debugging network requests in an iOS application. I’ve linked to a few articles on this subject before, but this piece goes one step further than most by investigating changing response data using local files, which can be time-saving if you’re debugging something where you have control of the server and life-saving if you don’t!
Swift language announcements from WWDC22
It’s easy to get distracted by all the SwiftUI, UIKit and AppKit features at WWDC and forget that Swift also brought new language features into Xcode 14 with Swift 5.7. Natalia Panferova and Matthaus Woolard put together a fantastic recap of this year’s language announcements over on the official Swift blog, and Feli Bernutz put together a wonderful sketch note to accompany it. You should check out the Timelapse of the sketch note, too!🦇
Using UICalendarView in a SwiftUI app
Were you excited to see UICalendarView announced this year, only to be disappointed that there wasn’t a SwiftUI version available? Chris Wu was, but that didn’t stop him from getting it working.
SwiftUI Renderers and Their Tricks
If you look at the first sentence of Apple’s ImageRenderer documentation, it says:
Use ImageRenderer to export bitmap image data from a SwiftUI view.
Sounds straightforward, right? It has much more depth, as Javier Nigro explains in this article.
I found this great cheat sheet from EugeneBelinski via this tweet from Jordan Morgan. First, both Swiftly and the companion site, iOS Ref, are an excellent reminder that a good cheat sheet is rare!
It’s also so nice to see people share other people’s work. When was the last time you shared something you found useful or interesting from this community? You’ll make someone’s day, as I’m sure Eugene had his day made by Jordan.
Augmented Reality Digital Lounge from WWDC22
Sing it with Yono Mittlefehldt and me. 🎶 “Apple should archive and make available transcripts or summaries of the diiiiiiiiiigitttalll lounges.” 🎶
Thanks so much for archiving this valuable information from the ARKit and Machine Learning lounges, Yono!
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iOS, but teenage engineering took over the audio settings. 💡
I was going to start this week’s issue with some words about open-source funding before getting to my main point, but it’s too important to bury below my usual twaddle, so here we go.
The Swift Package Index needs your help.
Sven and I are proud of what we have managed to build over the last two years, but unfortunately, it has become clear that our plans to make it financially sustainable are nowhere near sufficient.
Our hosting costs are covered thanks to the generous sponsorship from MacStadium and Microsoft Azure, but it’s about more than hosting costs. Even outside of feature development (like the auto-hosted DocC documentation we launched recently), the project demands significant effort from us. Unlike many open-source projects made up of library or utility code, the package index is a living website that requires near-constant attention.
We launched a GitHub Sponsors site back in October 2020, and I want to express my genuine thanks to the 61 members of this community that generously support the project there. We’re so grateful for you. Thank you. We also took on some corporate sponsors, and I want to thank Stream and Runway for their kind support. It’s very much appreciated.
Unfortunately, it’s nowhere near enough. We don’t want to increase the amount of corporate sponsorship on the site, so we are appealing today to see if we can make community-based sponsorship work. We do get new GitHub sponsors every few weeks, but we also naturally lose people, and the amount/month has stayed approximately flat at around $300/month since we first launched it. Of course, that’s not a trivial amount of money, but split between two people, it only covers a fraction of the time we put into the project.
Your support would be greatly appreciated if you find the Swift Package Index useful. Even better, if your company supports open-source projects, maybe suggest that this would be a worthwhile project to get behind? We’re not yet at a critical stage with funding, but we will need to make difficult decisions later this year if nothing changes.
Please consider sponsoring the Swift Package Index on GitHub sponsors. Thank you.
Your help sharing this message as widely as possible would also be very much appreciated. 🚀Dave Verwer