All items tagged with "Swift"

Pay what you want for the mobile first developer bundle [Deals]

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You don’t need us to tell you that knowing how to design for mobile is becoming a must for programmers. So it’s a great time for you to learn, whether you’re new to coding or just need to brush up on your mobile skills. We’ve put together a Mobile First Developer’s Bundle of 10 app programming courses at Cult of Mac Deals to help you do just that. Worth $1,740, you can pay what you want for a limited time.

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This year’s WWDC jackets contain a hidden Swift joke

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Apple’s WWDC jackets provide clues to the event.

Attendees of WWDC 2015 have started picking up the jackets and backpacks that Apple gives out to developers ahead of the event. This year’s black jackets look quite similar to ones distributed last year, except Apple made an interesting change to the font.

With San Francisco expected to replace Helvetica Neue as the default typeface of iOS and OS X, Apple has hinted at the change by using the font on the front of the jackets. The company also added a little Swift joke on the inside of the garments.

Take a look at the size tag:

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Apple seeds first iOS 8.3 beta to developers

iOS 8.3 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iOS 8.3 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iOS 8.2 hasn’t even been released to the public yet, but Apple is already moving on to the next version. The first beta build of iOS 8.3 was seeded to developers this morning while iOS 8.2 beta 5 is still being tested.

The software update was made available today in the iOS Dev Center. Along with iOS 8.3, Apple has also released a beta build of Xcode 6.3 that includes Swift 1.2. The release notes don’t mention any new features, but we’ll tell you about all the goodies we find as soon as it’s installed on our iPhones.

In the meantime, here are the direct download links:

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Apple’s new Swift language experiences ‘meteoric’ growth

Developers are loving Apple's new programming language. Photo: Cult of Mac

Developers are loving Apple’s new programming language. Photo: Cult of Mac

Apple surprised developers with its new programming language, Swift, at WWDC 2014 but it hasn’t taken long for the developer community to get behind what will soon be the replacement for Objective-C.

In the latest programming language popularity rankings from RedMonk, Swift has shot up from the 68th ranked language in Q3 2014, to the 22nd most popular language going into 2015. To put that growth into perspective, Google released its new language Go in 2009, but it just barely cracked the top 20 in this quarter’s rankings.

Here’s the full rankings chart:

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App Store made a record $500 million on New Year’s Day

The App Store just keeps getting bigger. Photo: Apple

The App Store just keeps getting bigger. Photo: Apple

We’re just one week into 2015, and already the App Store is setting new sales records. Apple today announced that during the first week of January alone, customers around the world spent almost half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, with New Year’s Day 2015 the single biggest day in App Store sales history.

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Apple launches new blog dedicated to all things Swift

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Swift, a completely new programming language for the App Age, was one of the biggest announcements that come out of WWDC and now it’s also got its own blog.

Apple launched a new blog dedicated to the development of Swift on its developer site this morning to educate coders on the new language that has replaced Objective-C to build iOS and Mac apps. The blog will give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the design and development of Swift from the very engineers who created it. News and hints will also spill over the blogs’ pages to help devs become more productive with the Swift language.

Here’s the first post:

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Monetize your iOS app with StartApp now supporting Apple’s Swift code [Sponsored post]

Monetize your iOS app with StartApp now supporting Apple’s Swift code [Sponsored post]

This post is brought to you by StartApp.

Are you a developer or advertiser looking to make a profitable app? The best way to do so is integrate a mobile monetization platform that inserts ads for other apps in your app. Recently moving into iOS operating environment, one of Google Android’s biggest and most successful ad networks to date, StartApp, now offers the first SDK to support Apple’s new programming language, Swift.

Watch the video showing how StartApp can help monetize your iOS app here.

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Killer instincts hide behind Apple’s friendly new face

Time Cook onstage at WWDC 2014. Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web

Apple seems friendlier these days. But at what cost? Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web

Apple sure is looking friendlier these days.

This year’s Worldwide Developers Conference was geekier, more welcoming and less locked-down than any in recent history. Apple also bid farewell to Katie Cotton — the much-feared queen of PR, whose frosty relations with journalists made her only slightly less terrifying than an angry Steve Jobs — with a call for a “friendlier, more approachable” public relations face to warm up the company’s relationship with the press.

“For the past few years it’s felt like Apple’s only goal was to put us in our place,” Panic’s Cabel Sasser recently tweeted. “Now it feels like they might want to be friends.”

These recent moves represent a major change in the way Apple does business, even as the company sits atop a $150 billion war chest amassed thanks to innovative products, ruthless leadership and heavy-handed policies that fostered a culture of secrecy and utter domination. But in a world where it’s drummed into our heads that nice guys finish last, does Apple’s approach risk killing the company with kindness?

CEO Tim Cook certainly doesn’t seem to think so.

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Swift bootcamp teaches NYC coders Apple’s new programming language

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If you’re a New York-based coder or wannabe coder looking to learn Apple’s new programming language Swift, you may want to check out an upcoming evening tech workshop organized by software development firm TurnToTech.

With the next session taking place Monday at their 5th Avenue offices, the number of spaces available has just been upped to allow more people to attend.

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Devs dish on what’s hot about iOS 8, OS X Yosemite and Swift

What’s your take on iOS 8, Swift and OS X Yosemite?

Got your own favorite features in Apple’s latest releases? Let us know in the comments below.

Photos: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac