WWDC Apple delivered software development kits (SDKs) for beta versions of its iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9 platforms at its Worldwide Developer Conference this week.
For developers who have been resold to ask Apple’s permission to distribute their software and pay a portion of the revenue for the privilege, it’s a time to celebrate and listen to the mothership’s message.
While the consumer-oriented features in the company’s various operating systems consist largely of incremental improvements such as aesthetic and workflow improvements, the developer APIs in the underlying code should prove to be more important as they will allow programmers to build apps and functions. that were not possible before. Many of the new features are highlighted in Apple’s Platforms State of the Union presentation.
apples Xcode cloud CI/CD System evolved from beta testing and is now available to Apple Developer Program members. It provides a way to build app code, along with build status, reports, and automatic build distribution to testers and users.
Eligible developers will have 25 hours of free time through December. After that, prices start at $14.99/month for 25 hours.
All user-centric updates from Apple’s 2022 WWDC
SwiftUI, Apple’s framework for user interfaces on its various operating systems, has a new stateful navigation API called
NavigationStackfor data-based UI screen navigation, and a way to use a . to insert
TextField into a warning. It also includes Quick chartsa data visualization framework, among other improvements.
Developers may want the recent changes to Apple’s Swift programming language, including improvements to Swift Concurrency, Swift Async Algorithms, Swift Regex, and Swift Package plugins.
apples WidgetKit has been extended to allow developers to build complications for watchOS 9 and widgets for the iOS 16 lock screen for iPhone. And later this year, after a planned iOS 16 update, the Live Activities API should be available to create real-time widgets.
The App Intents API simplifies the process of integrating third-party apps with Siri. It works with App Shortcuts, a visual scripting application for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS apps.
Then there is WeatherKit, a framework for retrieving data from the new Apple Weather service via Swift or REST API. Apple claims that the service respects users’ privacy by using location data only for weather forecasts, without associating coordinates with personal information and without tracking requests.
This could significantly improve the status quo of data snarfing. IBM’s The Weather Channel in 2019 was charged by the City of Los Angeles for allegedly deceiving users of the mobile app to provide location data sold for unrelated commercial purposes. IBM denied the allegations, but agreed to settle the matter by informing users of the app about its use of location data and voluntarily donating $1 million worth of technology to city agencies in Los Angeles.
apples MapKit framework, which can display map data or satellite images in apps, has been revamped. There also is a Maps Server API for reducing API calls and preserving power, always a concern on mobile devices.
Metal, Apple’s hardware acceleration framework, has advanced to version 3with MetalFX Upscaling for faster upscaling and anti-aliasing, and a variety of other tricks.
ARKit 6, Apple’s augmented reality framework, now supports 4K video, Scene Geometry, Motion Capture, and People Occlusion, among others. There is also a related framework called RoomPlana Swift API that allows iPhones and iPads to create a quick 3D floor plan of a room using the device’s camera and the LiDAR scanner. It provoked honestly quantity of the developer’s enthusiasm.
SharePlaythe consumer-oriented name for the Framework for group activities, was created for sharing content within FaceTime. It now also works with Messages. There is also a confusingly similar framework called Shared with youwhich can be used with the Collaboration API to integrate app collaboration experiences into FaceTime and Messages.
macOS 13, also known as Ventura, has been given a capability called Continuity Camera that allows a user’s iPhone to take on the role of a built-in or connected webcam. The API handles switching between camera input, access to the Desk View and that sort of thing.
Perhaps the most meaningful new API is: Passwords, a way to use device biometric sensors (Touch ID, Face ID) to generate iCloud public keyring credentials for authentication, instead of using a password. While the technology may take time to adopt, the ability to securely log into services without worrying about passwords promises to significantly improve online security.
apples APIs for in-app purchases (StoreKit 2, App Store Server API, etc) have been extended to make the transaction process easier. The Wallet app has also seen improvements to its ID card fulfillment and order tracking support, as well as a delayed payment system called Apple Pay Later.
The Live Text API provides a way to identify text in images. The Focus system – for muting alerts and notifications – has been extended to include the Focus Filter APIto align the presentation of app data with the Focus settings.
There are some new Mac Catalyst APIs to make iPadOS 16 features available in macOS 13 apps. Meanwhile, Apple’s Game Center has a redesigned dashboard and supports push notifications for leaderboard activities so that players can be notified when, for example, they no longer have the highest score. And App clipsa mechanism to give people a lightweight preview of an app has also been polished up a bit.
All in all, these changes should keep Apple supporters busy revising and improving their native platform apps until the expected public OS releases in a few months.
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