Of course, it's a ticket lottery again so you have until next Thursday to decide if you want to try for it. You also won't be surprised to hear that it's in San Jose again, I think most people agreed it worked really well there last year and it certainly seems logical from Apple's perspective.
I've put my name in the hat... See you there? 🤞
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Vlas Voloshin with an interesting exploration of a few private ARKit APIs that allow recording of session data. The best case for these APIs is that they weren't quite ready for iOS 12, and were pushed out to next year. The worst case is that they were developed for Apple's internal testing, and they'll stay private. Either way, as long as you don't ship code that uses them you can still use them in your internal testing!
I remember when I learned Ruby there was a time where it seemed that every problem could be solved with
method_missing. 😂 I do fear we may go down that route with
How about also using it to call shell commands? Maybe not!
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.
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!
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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.
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.