Amazon EC2 now offers M1 Mac mini

Amazon adds M1 Mac minis to EC2 service for faster build times.

The new instances will be available in two regions (US West – Oregon and US East – North Virginia) for $0.6498 per hour, with support for discounts through AWS’ Savings Plans, too. AWS promises that these new machines offer a “60% better price performance over the x86-based EC2 Mac instances for iPhone and Mac app build workloads.”

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AWS News Blog: Use New Amazon EC2 M1 Mac Instances to Build & Test Apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV

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Spotify releases XCRemoteCache to public

Spotify engineering team open sources XCRemoteCache project. Project aims to speed up cold builds. Spotify's measurements show up to 70% decrease in build time.

We are excited to be open sourcing XCRemoteCache, the library we created to mitigate long local builds. As the name suggests, this library is a remote caching implementation for iOS projects with an aim to reuse Xcode target artifacts generated on Continuous Integration (CI) machines. It supports Objective-C, Swift, and ObjC+Swift targets and can be easily integrated with existing Xcode projects, including ones managed by CocoaPods or Carthage.
Best of all, XCRemoteCache resulted in a 70% decrease in clean build times (we classify a build as clean when at least 50% of all targets compile at least one file).

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