Tag Archives: developer

Will Apple abandon the 4-inch screen with the iPhone 6?

In 2012, Apple did something that many thought should’ve happened earlier: it released an iPhone with a larger screen. Many felt this was Apple’s late attempt at catching up to the larger screens on opposing Android handsets. After 5 previous iPhones with a 3.5-inch display, the iPhone 5 had a 4-inch screen. While taller than previous generations, it kept…

5 things I want in iOS 8, a developer’s perspective

Now that we are rolling into April, we are only about 2 full months away from our first glimpses of iOS 8 – that is assuming we see it at WWDC ’14. iOS 8 will more than likely be a refinement of iOS 7 with maybe few UI tweaks – similar to those of iOS 7.1 – and hopefully many backend tweaks. With iOS 7, Apple showed the new direction that it plans to go…

Flappy Bird making $50k a day from ads

If you’ve ever played Flappy Bird you know that the game is a very simple concept, yet can be the most frustrating game you’ve ever played in your life. You’ve also probably noticed that during nearly every game you play, there is an ad banner at the top of the screen. Of course, these ads are placed to help the developer since the game is a free…

Zynga buys ‘Clumsy Ninja’ developer NaturalMotion

App developer Zynga has purchased NaturalMotion, the game developer responsible for hit titles Clumsy Ninja, Backbreaker and CSR Racing. NaturalMotion has joined Zynga Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary, in a deal worth $527 million. Zynga recently reported losses of $25 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, with plans to reduce its workforce by…

iOS 7.1 brings female voice to UK English Siri

iOS 7.1 has just been made available to developers as a beta, and early forays into the new release appear to suggest that Siri’s British variant will soon have a female voice. Currently the British Siri is only available with a male voice, as of iOS 7.0.4, with no option to change this. However, users running the iOS 7.1 beta have found that there is…

iOS 7 Tech Talk videos posted on Apple Developer site

If you are a developer – or someone just interested in iOS development – and were unable to make one of the 6 “iOS 7 Tech Talks” which took place in San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Berlin and London, you now can go online and watch the videos. The videos are available on Apple’s official developer website, and as far as I can tell all you need is…

Mandatory iOS 7 optimization to hit developers on February 1

Apple has today announced on its Developer website that as of February 1, all new apps and updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5, and must be optimized for use with iOS 7. Apple’s iOs 7 has seen a phenomenal rate of adoption since its release, and now Apple is seeking to ensure that the apps that run on its…

Apple hiring next gen payment platform developers

Apple has posted a job listing on its website that has revealed Apple’s very real plans to expand into new retail territory, buy building a next generation payment platform. The job listing seeks experts in eCommerce, retail, banking and card industries, and makes reference to several payment methods, including Chip&Pin, Visa, Mastercard, ADVT,…