Apple Acquires Canadian App Development Startup Buddybuild

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple recently purchased Vancouver-based app startup Buddybuild, according to a blog post on the Buddybuild website (via iMore).

    Buddybuild's website describes the company as a "continuous integration, continuous deployment, and user feedback platform for development teams." In other words, Buddybuild offers tools for developers that are designed to let them quickly and easily build apps through GitHub, BitBucket, or GitLab.


    The entire Buddybuild team will be joining the Xcode engineering group at Apple to "build amazing developer tools for the entire iOS community," with Buddybuild being rolled into Xcode itself.

    Buddybuild will continue to operate out of Vancouver, Canada, and the Buddybuild service will remain available to existing customers for building, testing, and shipping iOS apps.
    Though the service will remain available for current customers, the company is no longer accepting new customers. Current free starter plans and Android app development tools will be discontinued on March 1, 2018 following the acquisition.

    Article Link: Apple Acquires Canadian App Development Startup Buddybuild
  2. diego macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2003
    Canada & Mexico
    Nice to hear that they will be staying in Vancouver!
  3. wigby macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2007
    Could this be related to the threat of shutdown to other generic app builders? Is Apple planning to create their own app authoring system for individuals or companies that want a cheap, simple, turnkey solution?
  4. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Good deal. Should be interesting to see what they do with it.
  5. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    LOL, it won't last.
  6. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Maybe this can help the iOS team communicate with the Mac team and we can get some development on that end.
  7. diego macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2003
    Canada & Mexico
    Why not? Contrary to popular belief, many tech workers don't want to move to California. There are so many examples of companies leaving offices and expanding their presence in Canada because of this. Google and Fitbit come to mind.
  8. AppleMad98004 macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2011
    Cylde Hill, WA
    I don't think they will be there in a year or so. Apple just doesn't want employees to jump ship immediately. Give them time to plan the move to the space ship.
  9. KevinPeterson macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2009
    Ooh! One of the reasons I hated beta testing Timehop was their insistence on using buddybuild instead of TestFlight. Best!
  10. willyx macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2014
    How about integrating XCode with Diawi so one doesn't have to archive->export->upload every single time?
  11. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    You think Apple cares? Like the way they care for industry standards (USB-C?)? Forget it. That team will be gone from Vancouver in a year or so.
  12. robertosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2011
    This is sad for the industry:

  13. macsplusmacs macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2014
    Unless its built into Xcode 10, and free, next June.

  14. JM macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2014
    Everybody wants to move to freaking Austin.... this place sucks.
  15. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    It's financially advantageous for US companies to operate branches in Canada. More cost-effective, and if you keep your workers happy, you'll get good return on your dollar. It may have been part of the negotiations that Buildbuddy remain in Vancouver, for a few years at least.
  16. jasnw macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2013
    Seattle Area (NOT! Microsoft)
    Might this be part of a larger move to an OS-agnostic app development suite? As in Apple no longer feeling the need to support those nasty old macOS and computer nerds because apps can be developed on Windows and Linux???
  17. Cosmosent, Jan 2, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 3, 2018

    Cosmosent macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2016
    La Jolla, CA
    RE: "Buddybuild offers tools for developers that are designed to let them quickly and easily build apps through GitHub, BitBucket, or GitLab."

    Looks to be a VERY DUMB move on Apple's part ... another one they didn't think thru.

    Simple apps will now be REPLICATED in the tens of thousands, instead of 100s or 1000s.

    It will swamp their App Review teams, and clutter-up the iOS App Store even more so than it already is, which is basically just one BIG ****ing Mess !

    My guess, Phil Schiller made the call on this one.
  18. KamranMackey macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2013
    ....I don't think you know how Buddybuild works.
  19. Rkuda macrumors regular


    May 23, 2016
    Apple isn't shutting down generic app builders, they will require apps built through a system like that to be submitted on developer accounts for each company though rather than all through a single developers account.

    Also BuildBuddy is not some sort of template app creator, rather it's a Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI / CD) system that helps automate building and distributing development builds.

    Xcode 9 has some CI features via its Xcode Server component and I expect Xcode 10 to have an expanded feature set now that Apple has acquired this company.
  20. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Probably the best purchase Apple ha made in 12 months!

    Their going to get feedback from all Apple users that they cannot ignore and will make great products and services that will not be shipped as crap!

    Honestly though this could have great integration with their first party apps and web front services.
  21. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014
    No. This is tooling to make engineering easier.

    My guess, you neither know much about Phil Schiller, who is quite competent, nor this company, whom the article described (consider reading it), nor software engineering.

    Why? Apple has several Software teams outside Cupertino. iWork in Pittsburgh, for instance
  22. drumcat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
    That's the 2018 race; buy the best CI/CD group, integrate it into your tools, profit. #underweargnomes
    --- Post Merged, Jan 2, 2018 ---
    Up next, GitKraken...
  23. munna78 macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2016
    doubt it. apple still has a development site in Vancouver from a startup they picked up 10 years ago. I know a bunch of people that work there
  24. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    And Vancouver is on the same timezone as SF, so managing a remote team is not really inconvenient.
    They have people working from the EU and an R&D office in Israel so why not Canada?

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