Apple reminds developers on how to use beta versions and report bugs

WWDC22 is less than a week away and Apple reminds developers on good practices for using beta software and bug reporting.

It is very important to start testing existing applications on new OS releases as early as possible to outline possible incompatibilities and report issues back to Apple.

Using beta software could be dangerous!

Do not use beta OS releases for production or personal use. Beta versions (especially first beta releases of major OS update) could contain serious bugs. Use of those might result in data loss, iCloud account malfunction and even device bricking.
Limit use of beta versions to designated test devices and test accounts only.

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Apple shares report highlighting successes of third-party apps

Apple publishes case study that shows financial success of third-party apps, even comparing those to Apple's own apps.

Third-party apps are the only options for consumers for entire types of apps, including social networking, dating services, travel planning, and food and drink.

Leaders in app types often vary across countries, with many regional leaders outperforming their globally competitive counterparts.

Third-party apps are the most popular among iPhone users in most regions for major app types, including music streaming, TV and movie streaming, reading, communication, and mapping apps.

Across many app types, Apple’s own apps account for a relatively small share of app usage among iPhone users. This is the case even though some Apple apps are preinstalled to enable core functionality of the device.

iPhone users often use multiple apps within a single category, especially apps for communicating, reading the news, watching videos, or navigating — underscoring how easily users can switch between apps and the breadth of opportunity for developers.

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Apple Newsroom: Report finds third-party apps see global success on the App Store

Full report (PDF): The Success of Third-Party Apps on the App Store

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Sensor Tower report shows that App Store users spend on subscriptions twice as much as Google Play users

New report from Sensor Tower gives perspective on mobile spendings in 2021.

 The top 100 non-game subscription-based apps saw their revenue grow 41 percent year-over-year from $13 billion to $18.3 billion globally. This was 7 percentage points greater than in 2020, when spending in these apps climbed 34 percent Y/Y from $9.7 billion in 2019.

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Survey shows that 87% of US teenagers use iPhone

Survey report shows that 87% of US teenagers use iPhone.

Both the 87% iPhone ownership and 88% intention to purchase an iPhone metrics are near record highs for our survey. We view the elevated penetration and intention are important for a maturing premium smartphone market. In addition, these trends are encouraging as the company continues to introduce new 5G iPhones, which could provide a significant product cycle refresh. We think these positive trends can also be a catalyst for further services growth as well, as the install base for Apple hardware continues to grow.

Piper Sandler

Analyst firm Piper Sandler's approximately twice yearly survey of teenagers in America shows that iPhone ownership is up 1% to 87% since its last report. At the same time, the new figures claim 88% of teenagers say their next phone will be an iPhone, which is down 1% from the last report.

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Report: Taking Stock With Teens

Reference: Gen Z survey says 87% of US teenagers own an iPhone

Apple publishes Release Candidate for its platforms

Release Candidate is published for upcoming OS releases.

These updates include Apple Music Voice Plan support, service history is now tracked on the phone.

Also, iOS now includes App Privacy Report.

iOS & iPadOS 15 introduced the Record App Activity feature in the privacy settings, allowing people to save a summary of sensor, data, and internet access by apps on their device. In iOS & iPadOS 15.2, this activity is presented in Settings in a new UI called App Privacy Report. This is a great opportunity to review your app’s sensor, data, and internet usage. To view your activity in the report, go to Settings > Privacy > App Privacy Report > Turn On App Privacy Report. Activity will show once you use your app. (78696668)

iOS & iPadOS 15.2 Release Notes

Siri gets Dutch language support on HomePod in this RC hinting upcoming availability of HomePod in Netherlands.

Legacy Contacts are also enabled in RC.

macOS 12.1 Monterey now supports SharePlay, but Universal Control is still missing. Also RC includes a lot of fixes, including problems with charging, "notch" and others.

watchOS 8.3 RC now enables ECG in China and adds Assistive Touch support to older models.

Corresponding Xcode 13.2 RC is also released.

Beta download: Beta Software Downloads

Release notes: iOS & iPadOS 15.2 Release Notes, macOS Monterey 12.1 Release Notes, watchOS 8.3 Release Notes, tvOS 15.2 Release Notes, Xcode 13.2 RC Release Notes

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Apple releases Xcode 13.2 beta 1, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS betas

Apple starts next round of beta versions. iOS/iPadOS 15.2 beta 1, watchOS 8.3 beta 1, tvOS 15.2 beta 2 are released. Most importantly, Xcode 13.2 beta 1 is released.

Structured concurrency back deployment is now available!

Xcode 13.2 beta 1 now allows building apps with Structured Concurrency for iOS 13 and up, macOS 10.15 and up.

You can now use Swift Concurrency in applications that deploy to macOS 10.15, iOS 13, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6 or newer. This support includes async/await, actors, global actors, structured concurrency, and the task APIs. (70738378)

Known issues

You can’t use TestFlight to distribute apps that use Swift Concurrency and deploy to operating systems prior to iOS 15, macOS 12, tvOS 15, and watchOS 8. (84645973)

Mac Catalyst apps that use Swift Concurrency may fail to launch on an operating system prior to macOS Monterey. (84393581)

watchOS apps that use Swift Concurrency and deploy prior to watchOS 8 may fail to build for 64-bit watchOS simulator targets with a link error. (84394162)

Xcode 13.2 Beta Release Notes

iOS 15.2 beta introduces App Privacy report which shows what app does with user data, which hosts it interacts with.

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 introduced the Record App Activity feature in the privacy settings, allowing people to save a summary of sensor, data, and internet access by apps on their device.

In iOS 15.2 beta and iPadOS 15.2 Beta, this activity is presented in Settings in a new UI called App Privacy Report. This is a great opportunity to review your app’s sensor, data, and internet usage. To view your activity in the report, go to Settings > Privacy > App Privacy Report > Turn On App Privacy Report. Activity will show once you use your app. (78696668)

iOS & iPadOS 15.2 Beta Release Notes

Other updates include SOS feature improvements, redesigned Notification Summary.

Apple adds more metrics to App Analytics on App Store Connect

Apple adds metrics on downloads, updates and others.

App Analytics in App Store Connect helps you see how people discover and engage with your app. Now you can view powerful new transaction metrics, including redownloads, total downloads, proceeds, pre-orders, and updates. Each metric can be displayed by territory, source type, device, and more, helping you understand what drives your app's growth and success.
In addition, as of September 20, 2021, all sales metrics include data from Apple School Manager and Apple Business Manager, and from devices running iOS 7, macOS 10.14, tvOS 8, and earlier.

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