‘Hide my Email’ feature in macOS 13 Ventura might not be available for third party apps

Apple removed mentions that Hide my Email iCloud+ feature will be available for third-party apps in macOS 13 Ventura. It is not known if feature will be removed or postponed. Some of other features are marked as 'coming soon'.

Initially, it was advertised that 'Hide my Email' will be available for third-party apps simplifying process of creating new email address for a specific service.

Reference: Hide My Email Ventura feature for 3rd-party apps seemingly dropped or postponed

Developers now can transfer apps that use iCloud

Apple prevented transfer of the applications between developers if the application used iCloud containers or key-value storage. Well, not anymore.

Now Apple allows this kind of application transfer. This provides an opportunities to indie developers to sell their apps to other developers even if they were using iCloud.

Apple Developer: App Store Connect Update

App Store Connect Help: App transfer overview

Weekend good reads for Apple developers, issue #26

Some interesting articles to spend your weekend on.

And that's it for today. Have a nice weekend!

Short but widespread outage affected almost every Apple online service

Yesterday Apple online services were unstable or unresponsive for couple of hours. Affected services included iMessage, iCloud (including third-party apps integrations), App Store, iCloud Mail, Apple Music and many others.

Outage also affected Apple Store systems significantly affecting retail sales.

Outage was resolved within hours, Apple did not comment on root causes though.

Apple System Status:

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Developers highlight importance of providing feedback to Apple

During discussions on recent iCloud issues, it turned out that important role plays submitting requests via Feedback Assistant tool. Usually, you might want to highlight the issue using Twitter, or try using DTS request on your paid Apple Developer program.

Several developers share their experience contacting Apple development teams using various channels.

https://twitter.com/bhansmeyer/status/1486688688339836937

Apple: Feedback Assistant

Reference: Getting Feedback to Apple

Apple reports that iCloud bug causing sync issues is fixed

Apple seems to be responding to developers' reports regarding issues with iCloud.

https://twitter.com/bhansmeyer/status/1486396104002392069?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1486396104002392069%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=file%3A%2F%2F%2FApplications%2FNetNewsWire.app%2FContents%2FResources%2F

However, it is still important to monitor system status for current outstanding iCloud issues.

Apple Support: System Status

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Developers report continuing issues with iCloud services

For last several months there were increased number of developers reporting issues with iCloud sync APIs.

Mostly, this results in significant number of 503 errors accessing iCloud APIs.

https://twitter.com/bhansmeyer/status/1485430657052512257?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1485430657052512257%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=file%3A%2F%2F%2FApplications%2FNetNewsWire.app%2FContents%2FResources%2F

Some developers who created in-app status panels for iCloud status, see issues.

https://twitter.com/tapbot_paul/status/1484347799235805185?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1484347799235805185%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=file%3A%2F%2F%2FApplications%2FNetNewsWire.app%2FContents%2FResources%2F

Apple did not yet come back with resolutions or recommendations.

https://twitter.com/MeanRaw/status/1485402867921920000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1485402867921920000%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=file%3A%2F%2F%2FApplications%2FNetNewsWire.app%2FContents%2FResources%2F

As of January 26 Apple's System Status shows some issues as resolved.

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