WWDC: What does it mean for iOS developers?

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  1. MacNoobGuy macrumors 6502

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    hey guys, could anyone help me out with this? i'm trying to find news, but it's hard to find information that's relevant for iOS developers.

    what potentials has it added to what developers can do?

    could anyone help me out?

    thanks
     
  2. North Bronson macrumors 6502

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    The first rule of WWDC is: You do not talk about WWDC.
     
  3. Tander macrumors 6502a

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    It gives developers insight into upcoming features in the next release of iOS - so they they can prepared their apps to take advantage of those features. Hence why the betas are released on the same day, too.
     
  4. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604

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    People who know all the new features not revealed publicly are under NDA. If you'd like to discuss those features, do so at Apple's official developer forums.

    Personally, I think Mac dev's got a lot more love at the WWDC keynote this year than the iOS dev's. Lots of new Mac APIs... But for ios the big announcements were new apps from apple.
     
  5. MacNoobGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    but what upcoming features are there?
    so what has been announced? how will things be different for developers?
     
  6. xStep macrumors 68000

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    If you are a paid up iOS developer and agree to the new terms, you can see several things on the subject of iOS 6 by clicking on the iOS 6 SDK Beta button on the iOS Dev Center page.
     
  7. Tander macrumors 6502a

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    Erm.. have you actually watched the keynote or even looked at the live blogs there were?

    If not - go do that now.
     
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    Aren't these free to view? I know the 2011 has been out for a while, I thought the 2012 were already coming out...
     
  9. MacNoobGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so could someone tell me what WWDC means for developers?
     
  10. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604

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    I'm planning to add Retina + Notification Center support to Battery Status (Mac App), that's what it means to me...

    Apart from that... I think Facebook integration was the only thing that sounded interesting as far as iOS APIs... I'd like to have some official Like buttons in my app rather than hackishly adding them using UIWebViews... I haven't looked closely enough yet, though, to actually determine if the Facebook integration actually makes that possible or not.

    Edit: Oh! Cross platform support for multiplayer games! That definitely sounded interesting! I'll probably be making my next game for both iOS and Mac OS rather than just one or the other.
     
  11. MattInOz macrumors 68030

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    From Twitter feeds the Developers who are at WWDC it means lots of [Redacted] Joy.
     
  12. MacNoobGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok thanks a lot.
     
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    So, you want to know what the conference itself means to developers? I think you'll get as many answers as there are developers, but here's my take on it: WWDC, for those attending, is an opportunity to attend sessions on specific topics of one's interest, talk with Apple engineers and fellow developers, and find out much more on what is "the latest and greatest". For those not attending, information from the conference will trickle down to us, some of it perhaps quickly, some more slowly. It also means an updated Mountain Lion developer preview and the release of iOS 6 beta.

    In terms of the release of iOS 6, to me, it means a whole new set of functionality and APIs that I should evaluate and determine how it affects my existing apps as well as apps in development. Perhaps there are some methods that are now deprecated; I should find alternatives if I wish to have warning-free code. I, at least, should look at all the documentation that Apple has provided alongside the release of iOS 6 and Xcode 4.5 and read through all of it. Also, I will keep an eye out for articles from other developers talking about what's new with iOS 6. For example, this one: iOS 6 features you might have missed. In the "Other features" section, it talks about "pull-to-refresh on Table views" and "rich text on label fields and text views". I am interested in learning more about these, along with many other things.
     
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    It really depends on the developer and what apps you have.
    Example: If you have apps already out there, you might not have to do anything for this upgrade. You might have to change things to get it to work with the new OS/API.

    You might look at the APIs and see new functions that you can exploit if you want to.

    The bottom line is that you really need to determine what it means to you and your goals.

    Example: Retina came out a while ago. You didn't have to do anything... I think that Apple started requiring retina graphics. If you didn't do anything before, you now had to.

    Most likely you won't have to do anything, most likely you'll have new things you can add or change to make them better. It's really an issue of your goals.
     
  15. firewood macrumors 604

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    What WWDC means to the people who attend is the opportunity to meet thousands of other iOS developers, and the one chance a year that most developers get to ask Apple engineers some technical questions in person (unless one also manages to attend an Apple Tech Talk).

    What WWDC means to the developers who don't attend is that a whole bunch of new documents, new APIs and beta stuff appears on the Apple Developer web site that week from them to ingest.
     

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