Jailbreaking: Valuable Shortcut or Dangerous Practice for Mobile Developers
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Joe Schulz
Jailbreaking - exploiting vulnerabilities in the iOS to thwart technological protections instituted by Apple and gain root access to the iOS operating system - has been a tool for developers and testers (and savvy users) almost as long as the mobile iOS has existed (since 2007, according to publish reports). Its popularity has risen and fallen (based largely on how well...
How App Stores Break Your Apps: Keeping Your App Updated Matters More Than You Think
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Richard Harris
One of the best ways to refresh your app in the market is to update it. I usually choose which apps need updating by scrolling through the inventory of apps I have published, comparing downloads (for popularity) and then picking the best one I think is worthy enough to crack open the project for. I then use the app a bit myself to think of ways I can improve it, or find...
Alpha Software Launches Alpha Anywhere 2.0 for Building HTML5 and Hybrid Apps
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Alpha Software has announced the release of Alpha Anywhere 2.0, a front-end to back-end, prototype-to-production environment for rapidly developing and deploying enterprise-level, cross-platform mobile and web business applications. Alpha Anywhere 2.0 incorporates PhoneGap Build integration, enhanced security, built-in support for high-quality i...
Are Your iOS Apps iOS7 Ready If Not Listen Up Says Apple, February Deadline Looms
Monday, January 13, 2014 by Richard Harris
In a notice sent out to iOS developers today, Apple is reminding everyone how important it is to adopt the "iOS7" look and feel with a soft warning about any new or updated apps being submitted to the app store.From Apple"Make sure your apps work seamlessly with the innovative technologies in iOS 7. Starting February 1, new apps and app updates submitted to the App Stor...
Pebble Launches New SDK, Announces iOS7 Compatibility
Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Richard Harris
Pebble has launched SDK 2.0 as it continues to woo developers to its smartwatch platform. Unlike Samsung, who has severely limited developer access to its smart watch offering, Pebble is banking on developer support to drive revenues and ultimately make the usefulness of the device desirable enough to increase unit sales. The new SDK 2.0 introduction adds...
Stanford offers free course in developing iOS 7 apps for iPhone and iPad
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Richard Harris
Anyone looking to get some free schooling from Stanford, here you go! They are offering a free course on iOS programming for iPhone and iPad over iOS7. The instructor is Paul Hegarty who also teaches "Coding Together: Apps for iPhone and iPad, Coding Together: Developing Apps for iPhone and iPad, and Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPhone and iPad.It's available over iTu...
Apple Launches New iPad Air, Macbook Pro, Mac Pro, and Much More!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Richard Harris
The event started with the same Apple commercial all about "Made by Apple" creation they played at the WWDC in June.
Tim Cook takes the stage and starts talking about all of the new things we'll see today.
He starts with some iPhone stats. He mentions 9 million iPhones sold first weekend of launch.
Video presentation starts created at an Apple retail store around...
Apple's October Event 2013 What to Expect and Predictions
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Richard Harris
The weather is crisp, the holiday season is at our doorstep and Apple is about to make some big announcements today at their "October Event" starting at 10:00 AM PST today. Apple says there is alot to cover, so what can we expect? Well first of all, they are going to stream it! So you can once again sit back and tune into the event from your office (thank you Apple...
Maggio No Longer Recommending Newsstand Apps To Publisher Clients, and Here's Why
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Richard Harris
iOS newsstand apps have long been a puzzle for some developers because the newsstand in general is a separate counterpart to the actual app store itself. While newsstand apps are indeed real apps, they tend to be forgotten and more buried than a normal app would be because they get tucked away in a separate newsstand app all together that forces a rather odd grouping of...
iOS Users Can Now Download Previous Versions of Your Apps
Friday, October 4, 2013 by Richard Harris
In an email sent by Apple to iOS developers today, it appears unless you specifically set the flag on each app you have, users who downloaded your app in the past can now get the older versions that will run on older OS and hardware levels (considering you've updated your app to build to iOS7 and aren't supporting the older versions universally in your binary).From Appl...
Weekly Roundup: Marmalade and Tizen, BlackBerry Developers, New School Monetization, Hyro, 2014 GDC, VLC, Rust, Opera Mobile, and iOS7 Sickness
Saturday, September 28, 2013 by Richard Harris
Top Stories for the week of 9/28/2013iOS 7 You are Making Me Sick. Really?In a recent article I came across, there are reports coming in that iOS 7 with it's warping, parallax, and other on UI screen visual effects, are making some people nauseous enough to actually throw up! Symptoms like vertigo, nausea, headaches, dizziness and more are all being reported.Initia...
Weekly Roundup: New iPhone Arrives, Lagoa and 3DTin, Vision Mobile Report, Nokia Create Contest, and Jolla Sailfish
Saturday, September 21, 2013 by Richard Harris
Top Stories for the week of 9/21/2013Assets for App Creation: Leveraging Visual and Audio Resources for App DevelopersWhen it comes to software development, there are two sides of the creative coin, artistic creativity and technical creativity. Visual design and in some cases audio expertise dominate one side of the coin with skilled graphic designers and artists who de...
iOS 7 Adoption Trends Ahead of iOS6
Friday, September 20, 2013 by Richard Harris
Raghu Nayani with Tapjoy is reporting that company’s statistics are showing that iOS 7 is being updated at a much higher pace that iOS 6 upon its release.
The statistics were released on the company’s blog and were taken from Tapjoy’s network-wide data that tracks more than 200 million iOS users per month. Nayani reports that it took 20 hours for iOS 6 to reach 10% ado...
Distimo Reports Strong Movement in App Markets: Disney’s “Where’s My Water 2” App Rockets to Top of Apple App Store
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Stuart Parkerson
It was an interesting week in the app markets according to Distimo’s Top Noteworthy Apps, Week 37 report of the most notable new apps and movements in the app stores.
Each week Distimo’ provides an overview of the top performing apps based on relative growth and absolute achievements in downloads or revenues on a global level. Distimo’s AppIQ is the engine behind the d...
Are App Developers Planning to Charge Current Users for iOS7 Apps
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Stuart Parkerson
Does the availability of iOS7 and the looming launch of the new iPhones present an opportunity for developers to charge users for an upgrade to an app they have already paid for?
Continuing on our series spotlighting commentary within the app development industry on iOS7 and the new iPhone, we point you to an article posing just this question written by Alex Heath in h...
Trademob Examines What Apple’s Recent Releases Means for App Marketers
Saturday, September 14, 2013 by Stuart Parkerson
Now that Apple has made its big reveal we were interested in what people inside the app development industry thought about the announcement.
So periodically we’ll be alerting you to blog posts, hosting feature articles on our website (see David Pinche’s article, iOS7 VS. iOS6 - The Developer's User Experience Problem), and more.
In a post in Trademob’s blog, Joseph ...
iOS7 VS. iOS6 The Developer's User Experience Problem
Friday, September 13, 2013 by David Pinches
Much has been said and written about iOS7
already with its new look UI being the standout point of contention. Polls and surveys have been run across the
real and virtual world with personal opinions sometimes deeply divided,
although it would appear that consensus is moving in favour of the “new kid on
Whether you're a p...
Apple Officially Announces The iPhone 5C and 5S Take My Money!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Richard Harris
First we learned about the iTunes festival, wait - there was a festival for iTunes?Next month Apple will officially shop the 700 millionth iOS device!iOS7 is up first, lets talk about what's new and has changed.Soon, we’ll witness an event where virtually overnight people download iOS 7 and get a whole new experience with their device” - CraigSiri is better now, with fe...
New iPhone Announcement Coming September 10th
Sunday, September 8, 2013 by Richard Harris
In 2007 the first iphone was introduced to the world. Then in 2008 we got the iphone 3G, in 2009 it was the 3GS, in 2010 the ipad and the iPhone 4, 2011 brought us the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2, 2012 was the new iPad 3, iphone 5, ipad 4, and iPad mini.So what's in store for Apple's latest release? If all of the rumors and hype are correct we will see a new iPhone 5...
iOS 7 Beta 6 Download Now Available From Apple Dev Center
Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Richard Harris
iOS 7 beta 6 has been released and is ready for downloading. At only 13 megs it's not a huge update, but Apple has let everyone be privy as to what has been changed for this release by with a complete change log, repeated below.
Notes and Known Issues
The following issues relate to using iOS SDK 7.0 to develop code.
The classes in the Ad...
App Developer News Weekly Roundup for The Week of August 9th, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013 by Richard Harris
From the Editors DeskHello everyone! It's been a great week in mobile and we've got lots to share with you! The August issue is here officially so be sure and check it out if you haven't already. We have been getting alot of great feedback from the developer community and it's much appreciated! Top Stories for the week of 8/10/2013Easier to Do: Find Bigfo...
iOS 7 Beta 5 is Available
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by Richard Harris
We are getting close to a new Apple iOS! Apple just released the latest developer preview for iOS7 in Beta 5 form! Sent to developers today"OS 7 beta 5 and Xcode 5 Developer Preview 5 are now available on the iOS Dev Center. Download these new releases today and start developing your apps to take advantage of new multitasking APIs, dynamic motion controls in UIKit,...
iOS7 Beta 4 Is Available
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Richard Harris
Right on schedule with beta releases, the iOS 7 beta 4 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and Xcode 5 Developer Preview 4 are now available on the iOS Dev Center. Download these new releases today and start developing your apps to take advantage of new multitasking APIs, dynamic motion controls in UIKit, AirDrop, Sprite Kit, enhanced video APIs, new features in Game Cent...
Adobe Releases Phonegap 3.0
Friday, July 19, 2013 by Richard Harris
If you haven't taken HTML based app development seriously now might be the time to pay attention to the latest release by Adobe with version 3.0 of Phonegap. The new 3.0 version is more modular based with API's that can easily be taken in or out of your project, and will hopefully make life a little easier for the HTML based app developer.There two more notable updates,...
iOS7 Beta 3 is out
Monday, July 8, 2013 by Richard Harris
From Apple: iOS 7 beta 3 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and Xcode 5 Developer Preview 3 are now available on the iOS Dev Center. Download these new releases today and start developing your apps to take advantage of new multitasking APIs, dynamic motion controls in UIKit, Air Drop, Sprite Kit, enhanced video APIs, new features in Game Center and Map Kit, and so m...
iOS7 Beta 2 Released
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by Richard Harris
Beta 1 for iOS 7 has already been superseded by iOS 7 beta 2, released by Apple into the wild this afternoon. As typical with any Apple beta release, it really means "beta" so a newer version of the beta means there were some immediate issues they wanted to address. I have already applied the new release to my iPhone 4S and so far so good. It looks like they have f...
The End of the Flashlight App and More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Richard Harris
iOS7 is bringing some incredible new features, from transparencies, a new look and design, and the control center. But coming with the new controls and usability, Apple may also be putting a nail in the coffin of the many flashlight apps that are available in the iOS App Store by indie developers, among other offerings.Being able to turn on your phone and immediat...
WWDC 2013 Keynote Highlights
Monday, June 10, 2013 by Richard Harris
Watching the first ever live stream of the WWDC hosted by Apple was a bit like Christmas! It was really almost like being there, and minus some short glitches of frozen video, and going in and out of HD / low res quality I loved sitting in the conference room here, watching the coverage from my office chair, and not being surrounded by thousands of others all tryi...