Back at the Build conference in April this year, Microsoft announced that they'd be building Objective-C support into the next version of Visual Studio, allowing Windows Phone apps to be ported/built with it. It's very much early days 😁 and there's still plenty of stuff missing, but it's an interesting project. The big question remains though, even when it's further along will developers bother porting apps given that they'll probably still need to build some Windows UI on top of their app's core?
Florian Kugler on why he is considering dropping Interface Builder for his next project. I think the Auto Layout issues in IB are the most pressing here and while I am still a big proponent of IB and use it for all of our projects I also turn off Auto Layout for them all as well. Storyboards I am much happier with and while Florian points out some of the issues here for me they are not enough to consider not using IB. Interesting discussion though.
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I have heard several people talking about the possibility of the iPad release of iOS 7 being delayed briefly. I don't know if this rumour has any basis in truth or not but my guess is that if this does happen then iOS 7 only apps that are universal will simply disappear from the iPad store until 7 appears. I would bet that we will find out the final release schedule, including any iPad delays at the event next week before the final release to the public so there will be time to make plans based on that information.
You will already be aware of this if you tried to set an app live this week like we did. Contact details for a "trade representative" must now be present for the Korean App Store before any new apps or updates can go live. If you work for, or with, a larger company then it might take a few days to get this information sorted out so get it done now before this holds up your next release. A little notice would have been nice!
I wasn't aware that the App Store title was searched by spotlight before reading this article by Alex Klein. You might want to think about adding some keywords to your App Store title with your next release. I wonder if Apple will ever add App Store search results to spotlight like this? Obviously installed apps would be listed first but imagine if you searched in spotlight for an app and listed below the apps already on the device were links to apps that you had not yet installed.
Thomas Baekdal with a blunt look at the state of freemium on the App Store. There is nothing wrong with freemium in itself and clearly this model is working right now (the worst offenders come straight out of the top grossing chart) but I do feel there has to be a backlash from users at some point. It feels like annoying users is this year's business model, but probably isn't next year's. I'm sure Freemium will still feature strongly for a long time to come but it's time to get back to making games fun rather than annoying.
iOS 7 may still feel shiny and new but it's easy to forget that we only have a few months until we get a peek at what's coming next. Dave Wiskus takes a look at possible directions for iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 (or OS XI?) and speculates on possible directions. I think we can all agree with Dave that Apple will be very likely to move back to its usual format of incremental design upgrades with iOS but is it OS X's turn for a more major change this year?
Nik Fletcher with a lengthy (seriously, 7,000 words) look at the state of iOS and Mac development in the lead up to next week's announcements. While I hope we can all agree that this platform we are sinking our valuable development time into is pretty wonderful, it would be ridiculous to claim that it was without problems. Nik covers all sorts of topics here, more than I can sum up in a paragraph so the easiest thing to do is make yourself a nice cup of tea and read the whole thing.
I'm still very much on the side of the fence that says this isn't going to happen next week and it seems like Roopesh Chander agrees. He brings up some great points on why implementing this would be very challenging. Status bar issues, edge swipe issues, keyboard issues and none of them have a clear solution. Edge swipes are probably easiest to fix (if the swipe starts in the other app but then moves, it gets cancelled and occurs as an edge swipe in the other) but even if that happens, this is just going to feel too weird. I'm sticking with a no prediction on this.