New video tech talks are published to Apple Developer portal. These videos cover Metal, SharePlay, App Intents, Apple Pay, enterprise apps and more.
Apple Developer: Level up your apps and games
WWDC22 is here! Apple's annual conference started with Special Event day, Keynote, State of the Union and Apple Design Awards.
It actually started on Sunday June 5th. Apple presented its new Apple Developer Center to public. Center provides an opportunity to development teams to participate in workshops hosted by Apple and meet Apple teams while working on interesting projects. Overall, Apple Developer Center brings Apple Store aesthetics to developer-focused venue.
Apple did not provide any announcements on how often it would invite developers to visit Developer Center, but general recommendation is to monitor for emails and news in Developer app.
Before going into OS updates, let's mention Apple M2 announcement which is iterates over success of M1. New chip is presented in new MacBook Air with design following recent MacBook Pro principles. New MacBook Air is fan-less and provides full day battery life.
M2 MacBook Pro 13" is also announced with no body changes.
iOS 16 brings many new features including:
iPadOS gets more desktop-like features:
watchOS 9 brings many features focused on fitness and health including:
macOS also gets attention this year:
Xcode 14 focuses on developer performance and adds multiple useful features for developers. Xcode Previews were rebuilt and are expected to run more smoothly.
As always, many existing frameworks get important updates:
2.5.4: Deleted requirement that apps using location background mode include a reminder that doing so may dramatically decrease battery life.Apple Developer
4.2.3: Deleted requirement to include sufficient content in the binary for the app to function at launch.
4.7: Deleted restriction on lotteries or charitable donations in code that is not embedded in the binary.
5.2.5: If your app displays Apple Weather data, it should follow the attribution requirements provided in the WeatherKit documentation.
5.3.3: Deleted restriction on purchasing lottery or raffle tickets or initiating fund transfers in the app.
New Apple Human Interface Guidelines are now unified across platforms, provide links to relevant talks and design resources.
Following news on Zillow app started using SharePlay it is now turn for productivity app to adopt this feature.
Task management app Reality Tasks is now using SharePlay.
You can now share collections easily via SharePlay! Share tasks by just clicking on the blue button in the bottom right corner.Reality Tasks – what's new
After you finish your FaceTime call, you will be still able to edit the same collection in real-time due to the cloud sync. The feature works across iOS and macOS as well.
App Store: Reality Tasks: Kanban & To-Do
Zillow app adds support for SharePlay for collective browsing of homes for rent.
Collaborative shopping is enabled by a new feature for FaceTime called SharePlay. During a FaceTime call, Zillow app users can start a SharePlay session in order to search together, explore maps and view listing photo galleries in sync on Apple mobile devices. SharePlay is available to anyone on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 15.1 or iPadOS 15.1 or later.Zillow
App Store: Zillow Real Estate & Rentals
Big day for Apple users – macOS 12.1 Monterey with SharePlay support is released. iOS/iPadOS 15.2 is also released together with watchOS 8.3 and tvOS 15.2.
Important new features in the updates:
Xcode download from App Store might be broken for now
According to Developer Forums thread there might be issues with Xcode 13.2 downloaded from App Store. This issues might also be already resolved. In case, you see similar behavior, please use Developer Downloads section to get Xcode 13.2.
Together with macOS Monterey, Apple also pushed security updates for macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina.
Apple also updates Developer Agreement to reflect changes related to Swift Playgrounds 4 and Xcode Cloud.
HomePodOS gets 15.2 update which brings new Siri languages including Dutch and Russian, hinting new territories for HomePod sales. tvOS 15.2 also gets new languages supported for Siri.
Notably, Universal Control feature is postponed til Spring 2022.
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
Apple publishes press release focusing on SharePlay functionality and its uses. Press release covers multiple uses of the technology.
Apple publishes iOS/iPadOS 15.2, tOS 15.2, watchOS 8.3 and macOS 12.1 beta 2. No new Xcode 13.2 beta is published so far though.
Notable changes include: