What’s new in Xcode 8.3?

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Xcode 8.3

Swift 2.3 Deprecation

  • Xcode 8.3 beta 2 no longer supports Swift 2.3. Please migrate your projects containing Swift 2.3 code to Swift 3 syntax by opening the project and choosing Edit > Convert > To Current Swift Syntax.

Other Deprecations and Removal Notices

  • The Automation instrument has been removed from Instruments. Use Xcode’s UI Testing in its place.

Organizer

  • The Xcode Organizer now supports exporting tvOS apps for Enterprise distribution.

Testing

  • Added the XCUISiriService class to XCTest for writing tests which activate Siri with a voice recognition string, and queries for elements in the Siri UI. Use the class to write UI tests for Intents and Intents UI extensions.

Swift Compiler

  • The Swift compiler can now automatically precompile Objective-C bridging headers, which can speed up Debug configuration builds (or other non-WMO builds) of mixed-source projects with large bridging headers. This feature is still experimental, and is disabled by default but can be enabled with the “Precompile Bridging Header” (SWIFT_PRECOMPILE_BRIDGING_HEADER) build configuration setting within Xcode.

Provisioning

  • Changed the user interface for managing signing certificates and provisioning profiles. Certificates are managed from the Accounts preferences pane by selecting a team and clicking Manage Certificates. Automatically managing signing is recommended, however if your app requires manually signing provisioning profiles are managed in the General tab of the project editor. Use the Provisioning Profile dropdown to import or download profiles. In addition it displays profiles that match the current signing configuration of the target.

Simulator

  • You can invoke Siri using Hardware > Siri after enabling Siri in the Settings app on Simulator.

Others

  • Xcode 8.3 includes Swift 3.1 which is intended to be source compatible with Swift 3.0.
  • Constrained extensions allow same-type constraints between generic parameters and concrete types. For example, the following code defines an extension on Array with Int elements:
  • The Swift compiler now raises an error for modifications of a let property or variable of protocol type after initialization. For example, the following code that compiled in previous versions will now raise an error:

    Code that successfully compiled in previous releases may fail after upgrading.

Currently latest beta version is Xcode 8.3 Beta 2. I will update this blog as per versions of Beta.

Happy Coding 🙂

App Store Improvements : Apple will start the process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as intended from September 7, 2016

App Store Improvements

We love helping customers discover innovative, useful, and exciting apps on the App Store. With more than 2 million apps available and around 100,000 new and updated apps submitted each week, there’s something for everyone. To make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs, we’re implementing two suggestions from the developer community starting September 7, 2016.

Quality Apps
Quality is extremely important to us. We know that many of you work hard to build innovative apps and update your apps on the App Store with new content and features. However, there are also apps on the App Store that no longer function as intended or follow current review guidelines, and others which have not been supported with compatibility updates for a long time. We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps for these issues, notifying their developers, and removing problematic and abandoned apps from the App Store.

Shorter App Names
Search is one of the most frequently used methods for customers to discover and download apps from the App Store. In hopes of influencing search results, some developers have used extremely long app names which include descriptions and terms not directly related to their app. These long names are not fully displayed on the App Store and provide no user value. App names you submit in iTunes Connect for new apps and updates will now be limited to no longer than 50 characters. You can learn more about creating effective app names, as well as icons, keywords, screenshots, and descriptions, by reading the App Store Product Page.

To make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs, we want to ensure that apps available on the App Store are functional and up-to-date. We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines, or are outdated.

What to Expect

When will this process start?
We will begin the process of reviewing and removing apps from the App Store on September 7, 2016.

What types of apps will be affected?
Apps in all categories on the App Store will be evaluated to make sure they function as expected, follow current review guidelines, and are not outdated.

What will happen if an issue is found with my app?
The App Store team will contact you and ask you to make any necessary changes for your app to stay on the App Store. However, apps that crash on launch will be removed immediately from the App Store.

How long do I have to make the changes?
You will be asked to submit an update within 30 days to keep your app on the App Store. If you are unable to make the changes within this time frame, your app will be removed from the App Store until you submit an update and it is approved. Please note that apps that crash on launch will be removed immediately.

If my app is removed, will my app’s name become available for other developers to use?
No. When apps are removed from the App Store, they are not deleted from your account. Your app name will continue to be associated with your app.

If my app is removed, will current users be able to access my app?
Yes. Your app will remain fully functional for current users. They will experience no interruption to services and will still be able to buy in-app purchases. However, we recommend that you update your app as soon as possible to reinstate it on the App Store and ensure that it remains functional and engaging for new and existing customers.

What can I do to help my app be ready for future changes?
As a best practice, read the latest App Store Review Guidelines as they are published and make sure your apps follow them. We also recommend that you address any functionality issues and update your app regularly to fix bugs, offer new content, provide additional services, or make other improvements. If you are no longer updating your app, consider removing it from the App Store.

Reference From : Apple News

Apple simplified the screenshot submission process for iOS

Now it’s easier than ever to deliver your screenshots and app preview using iTunes Connect. Submit just one set of screenshots and one optional app preview per device family, and they will be used across device sizes and localizations.

If your app’s UI or behavior changes based on device size, or if you would like to include localized screenshots, you can use the new Media Manager to add custom screenshots. Learn more by watching What’s New in iTunes Connect from WWDC16.

Announcements from Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote

Apple Special Event. June 13, 2016.

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At WWDC lots of major announcements. iOS 10 is biggest release yet, with incredible features in Messages and an all-new design for Maps, Photos, and Apple Music. With macOS Sierra, Siri makes its debut on your desktop and Apple Pay comes to the web. The latest watchOS offers easier navigation and a big boost in performance. And the updated tvOS brings expanded Siri searches.

  • watchOS 3
  • tvOS
  • macOS Sierra
  • Siri for Mac
  • Apple Pay in Web
  • iOS 10
  • Swift Playgrounds – iPad

Now, Go with flow of technology, let’s learn something new… 😉

Let Us Loop You Out Again – Apple Event Announcements

Apple’s ‘Let Us Loop You In’ On March 21, 2016 a special event by Apple.

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Announcements

  • Apple introduces Liam.
  • Apple announces CareKit.
  • Apple Watch sport and leather bands in new colors for spring.
  • Apple introduces the iPhone SE.
  • iOS 9.3 is available as a free update for everyone beginning today.
  • Apple introduces 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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