This year’s WWDC was full of surprises for developers. Apple chose the path of opening so many aspects of iOS to developers, which is something that we could not even think of some years ago. Users download more and more apps and spend more and more time on their smartphones. Apple aims to help this by eliminating the number of times users have to open apps and find what they want.
Following last year’s post about my expectations for WWDC14, this year I am going to write a similar article about what I would like to see from Apple in WWDC15. Last year’s conference was a great one for Apple Dev community. We saw many great frameworks like CloudKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, extensions and an entirely new programming language, Swift.
After months of beta releases, the final version of Xcode 6.2 is here. Xcode 6.2 includes the SDK for the much anticipated Apple Watch. In this tutorial we will see how to create a WatchKit app that fetches data from the network and displays a simple table and a detail view. Tables in WatchKit work a little bit different than Table Views on iPhone.
Over the years, iOS developers have used various tools in order to record screencasts for their apps. Starting with OS X Yosemite this process became much easier. Using the built-in Quicktime app in iOS Yosemite, we can now easily record our iPhone’s or iPad screen. The steps are pretty straightforward.
As almost all Apple developers, I was excited with the announcements Apple made in WWDC this year. Lots of new stuff, a revamped OS X experience, a new iOS version with refinements for the end user and great new APIs for developers and a whole new programming language: Swift. Last year Apple completely redesigned its mobile operating system, leading to a lot of criticism, although most reviews where positive. iOS 7 was new and fresh but in many ways it seemed like an unfinished product.
During the WWDC keynote last Monday, Apple unveiled the next version of OS X. The new version of OS X is called Yosemite and alongside a new design it comes also with great features. So let start with the design. I have to admit that after the radical redesign of iOS 7 last year, I expected the same thing to come to the mac with Yosemite. I expected a completely flat look, very simplified -even childish- icons, with translucency in some places to give a sense of depth.
In WWDC 2013, Apple introduced Xcode 5 and iOS SDK 7 with a built in framework for testing: XCTest.framework. Unfortunately Apple documentation lacks details for this framework. In this post I am going to present a simple way to test a UITableView using XCTest framework.
Apple will hold its annual developers conference in San Francisco in June. WWDC will kick off on June 2nd in Moscone West. As every year the web is full of (accurate and inaccurate) rumors regarding what does Apple have in its pipeline. Based on the various rumors, I’ll write about what I wish from Apple this year. It is clear that as last year was iOS year, this year’s WWDC hot announcement is going to be about the mac mainly.
I’ve been using the 1st gen iPad mini for about a year now. My main issue was the display quality and recently -after iOS 7 release- its speed. When Apple released the retina iPad mini this year, I thought that they finally released the mini as it should be since last year: an iPad with the same specs as the full size iPad but with smaller -and not worse- display.
In an iOS project I am currently working on, I got a request to create a pop-up window. Trying to figure out how to do it, I came up with a solution that is pretty easy to implement and very straight forward. All you need is a view controller with a transparent background and a subview (your popup window). After creating the popUpViewController, you can just call it from any other view controller.