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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:
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:
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:
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Devs on the street
SAN FRANCISCO -- While Apple watchers tuned into last week's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote for a look at where the company might be headed, coders at the annual convention were getting a look at the current state of the art when it comes to the company's software.
Cult of Mac asked developers from around the world who were in town for WWDC (or its indie sibling, AltConf) what they thought about changes coming in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. We also asked them about their favorite apps as well as their views on Swift, the new programming language Apple introduced at WWDC. Get their takes in the gallery above.
Aaron Hillegass, Atlanta
What he does: Co-founder of Big Nerd Ranch and author of books on Objective-C, iOS and Cocoa.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: "They aren't terribly exciting releases. I think this WWDC is more about making things better for developers."
On Swift: "I am a huge fan of Objective-C, but it's great to see some of the conventions codified into a language and enforced by a compiler."
Favorite app: OmniGraffle. "It is a flawless tool for creating great diagrams."
A.B. Vijay Kumar, Bangalore, India
What he does: Developer for IBM India who works on enterprise apps for automobile industry clients.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Most excited about Continuity, which will offer "seamless integration between devices," and the awesome SDKs for HealthKit, CloudKit, Swift, Xcode enhancements, Playgrounds, 3-D view hierarchy interface builder, Camera and Touch ID.
On Swift: "Loved it -- much easier than Objective-C."
Favorite app: Flipboard and Monument Valley -- "a very peaceful game" that is completely different.
Hilmar B. Olafsson, Reykjavík, Iceland
What he does: Developer for mobile games company Plain Vanilla. Worked on QuizUp.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: OS X's new Spotlight search; in iOS 8, "a lot of stuff looks promising, especially from a developer standpoint: Swift Playgrounds, TestFlight integration, etc."
On Swift: See above.
Favorite app: Foursquare, Facebook Messenger, Uber, RunKeeper.
Nick Dalton, Evergreen, Colorado
What he does: App entrepreneur, developer and mentor. Worked on apps for Chipotle, Zinio.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Most interesting part? Handover and Extensions. Also interested in all of Apple's new frameworks for developers. "We won't see the results of this for many months or years," he said.
On Swift: "Always good for the brain cells to learn a new language."
Favorite app: Odyssey Translator, which helps you learn foreign languages. "It gives you a feel for the language and guides you to learn it."
Michael Petruzzo, Los Angeles
What he does: iOS developer and co-founder of Slight. He's worked on Slight, Grandview and Launchwrite (for Mac).
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Yosemite is "absolutely beautiful on a Retina display." When it comes to iOS 8, he's "extremely pleased that group chats in iMessage are being more considered."
On Swift: "I wasn't planning on learning another language this year but I'm stoked. Apple is going full-court-press on the platform."
Favorite app: Tinder. "They cracked social discovery. It validates a new behavior."
Dave Verwer, Manchester, England
What he does: iPhone and iPad developer and trainer who publishes IOS Dev Weekly.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Extensibility and sharing changes are "quote long-awaited!"
On Swift: Apple's new programming language lowers the barrier to entry for new iOS developers. "Building a platform for the next 10 years!"
Favorite app: Echofon – a "simple and reliable Twitter client."
Michael DiStefano, Portland, Oregon
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: CloudKit "lowers barrier to entry to server-backed app" and touch ID for third-party apps. "If I never have to login again I'd be super-happy."
On Swift: "Brings us all (sort of) back to the same level" and offers an "opportunity to develop new conventions with [an] understanding of mobile that wasn't available when Objective-C was created."
Favorite app: "Active diary" app Moves – "simple interface to very useful and 'delightful' app."
Andrew Stone, Albuquerque, New Mexico
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Best new feature? Swift! "I hate emailing myself."
On Swift: See above.
Favorite app: Words With Friends – "a game that requires the brain!"
Patrick O'Neill, Huntington Beach, California
What he does: CEO of Olloclip, maker of macro and telephoto lenses for iPhone and iPad.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Manual control of camera, which lets iPhoneographers set things like exposure, shutter speed and focus, is "going to give the user a lot more fine control over how their pictures look."
Favorite app: Instagram – "so easy to use."
Kru Majithiya, Melbourne, Australia
What he does: Developer at Gridstone. Worked on Vulhunter, an iOS app that checks for security vulnerabilities.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: The new Playgrounds functionality in Swift will make it much easier to test programming logic. "Build, run, build, run – that process will take you hours," he said, but Playgrounds will cut that time.
On Swift: See above.
Favorite app: Flipboard is a "great place to get all the news."
Ivan Ablamskyi, Kiev, Ukraine
What he does: Founder and CEO of Coppertino, maker of Mac music player Vox.
On iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Handoff is a "cool feature to sync between iOS and Mac."
On Swift: Not excited -- it's "just another language."
Favorite app: HyperDock, a Mac utility that expands functionality of OS X's Dock.
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