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Swift Adopts the Language Server Protocol

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Nov 16, 2018

Apple’s Swift team announced they are going to provide support for using Swift with the Language Server Protocol (LSP). This will open up the possibility for developers to use Swift in any editor that supports LSP with code-completion, syntax-highlighting, etc. Apple has just opened the Swift LSP GitHub repository to contributions.

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Swift 5 Enters Latest Development Stage to Release

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Sep 28, 2018

After officially delivering Swift 4.2, the Swift team is now focusing on Swift 5 by kicking off the final phase of its release process. Planned to be released early 2019, Swift 5 aims to bring ABI stability to the language while preserving source compatibility.

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Swift 4.2 Hits the Road

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Sep 21, 2018

One year after the release of Swift 4, Swift 4.2 is now official. It brings a number of improvements to the language and the standard library, including better generics, Hashable protocol, and random number generation. Additionally, writes Swift maintainer Ted Kremenek, Swift 4 delivers faster compile times and improves the debugging experience.

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How Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari Works

by Daniel Bryant Follow 806 Followers on  Jun 14, 2018

The latest release of Apple’s web browser, Safari 12, will provide “Intelligent Tracking Prevention” (ITP) 2.0, which aims to reduce the ability of third-parties to track web users via cookies and other methods.

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Privacy and Security a Top Priority in macOS Mojave and Safari 12

by Daniel Bryant Follow 806 Followers on  Jun 12, 2018

At their annual Developer Conference WWDC Apple previewed macOS Mojave, the latest version of the company’s desktop operating system, and Safari 12, the updated web browser. Apple has stated that enhanced privacy and security are a top priority with these releases.

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Apple Has Released Core ML 2

by Roland Meertens Follow 8 Followers on  Jun 07, 2018

At WWDC Apple released Core ML 2: a new version of their machine learning SDK for iOS devices. The new release of Core ML should create an inference time speedup of 30% for apps developed using Core ML 2. An important new feature of the Core ML SDK is Create ML. Developers can create and train custom machine learning models on their mac.

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ARKit 2 Introduces Shared Experiences

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Jun 05, 2018

At WWDC 2018, Apple announced version 2 of its augmented reality (AR) framework for iOS, ARKit, supporting shared experiences, persistent tracking, 3D object detection, and a new file format aiming to enable AR objects interoperability across Apple apps.

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Apple Open Sources FoundationDB

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Apr 29, 2018

Apple has open sourced its distributed database core, FoundationDB, which it acquired back in 2015 from the homonymous company. FoundationDB is designed to handle large volumes of data stored across clusters of commodity servers and to favor data consistency by supporting fully global, cross-row ACID transactions.

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Swift 4.1 Enhances Generics, Compiler Optimizations, and Package Manager

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Mar 30, 2018 2

Swift 4.1 is now officially available, bringing new language features, build options, and a few enhancements to the Swift Package Manager and Foundation.

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Swift 4.2 Enters Final Development Stage, Paving the Way for Swift 5

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Mar 12, 2018

With Swift 4.1 being close to its official release in Xcode 9.3, currently available in beta, the Swift team is now focusing on the next version of the language, Swift 4.2. Besides including bug fixes and improvements to compile-time performance, the new version will further advance work on ABI stability.

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Apple Open Source SwiftNIO, a Low-Level Non-Blocking I/O Framework for Swift

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Mar 04, 2018

At the recent try! Swift Conference in Tokyo, Apple announced the SwiftNIO project, a Netty-like non-blocking cross-platform I/O framework written in Swift.

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Swift 4.1 Brings Conditional Conformance and More

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Feb 11, 2018

Swift 4.1, available in Xcode 9.3, brings a number of improvements to the language, including automatic implementation of the Equatable and Hashable protocols, conditional conformance, and more.

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Swift Has Got Its Discussion Forum

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Jan 30, 2018

The Swift team has announced the migration of several Swift mailing lists to the Swift Forums, which will be the primary discussion and communication method from now on.

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Apple Getting Ready to Deprecate 32-Bit macOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Jan 28, 2018

Apple has started preparing the deprecation of 32-bit apps for macOS. The next maintenance release of macOS, High Sierra 10.13.4, will notify users when they launch 32-bit apps, while the upcoming Xcode 9.3 will include tools to make the transition to 64-bit less painful for developers.

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ARKit 1.5 Now Supports Vertical Surface Detection and 2D Image Recognition

by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on  Jan 25, 2018

Apple has announced a major upgrade of ARKit, which is available to developers with iOS 11.3 beta. According to Apple, ARKit 1.5 will allow developers to build more immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences.

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