After introducing their Swift sandbox, IBM have recently announced their next step to support Swift in the cloud by previewing IBM Swift runtime, Swift Package Catalog, and open-sourcing Kitura, a framework for Web app development.
Apple has open sourced Swift’s benchmarking suite, a key piece in tracking Swift performance and catching performance regressions when adding new features to the language.
In a recent post on the "swift-evolution" mailing list, Swift creator Chris Lattner outlined a few criteria that will guide Swift 3 definition and made clear that it will bring disruptive changes.
Apple provided new details about Swift 2.2 release process, its goals, and an estimated schedule. Swift 2.2 will be mostly a source-compatible release, while major, breaking changes will be left for Swift 3, Apple say.
Swift has overtaken Objective-C in the TIOBE index, an internet-sourced rating of programming languages based on a variety of different sources.
Facebook and Twitter have released SDKs for Apple tvOS to provide support for onboarding, user verification, and analytics.
Apple has open-sourced Swift under a permissive Apache license, following up from a promise made at WWDC 2015 that it would be available before the end of the year. The release includes information about Swift 3.0, a package manager, and a binary package for Linux systems. InfoQ looks into what it means and what effects it will have for future iOS and OSX development.
Apple has announced they have open sourced three major components in their OSes’ security subsystem. Apple’s announcement has spun some controversy due to the restrictive nature of the license used for one of the libraries.
Oracle propose a new OSS project within OpenJDK to focus on porting the JDK to popular mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. Oracle plans on contributing build system, Hotspot and JDK source changes required to target mobile platforms with a version of Java SE.
Apple has introduced tvOS, a new OS for its Apple TV that will allow developers to create games and productivity apps in a way that will be familiar to iOS developers.
Apple has recently announced on their developer mailing list that the recently launched App Analytics service now provides new features to get insights about crashes, paying users, and ratios. The new features were presented with great details at WWDC 2015.
Mozilla, Google, Microsoft and Apple have decided to develop a binary format for the web. Called WebAssembly, this format could be a compilation target for any programming language, enabling applications to run in the browser or other agents.
At WWDC 2015 Apple announced watchOS 2, which brings new features and capabilities for apps "to integrate even more closely with Apple Watch" by allowing access to the Apple Watch home screen, digital crown, microphone, etc.
Apple have announced that the company’s popular Siri iOS-based intelligent personal assistant is powered on the backend by Apache Mesos, the open source cluster manager. The Mesosphere blog states that Apple have created a proprietary PaaS-like scheduler framework named J.A.R.V.I.S., which allows developers to deploy Siri services in a scalable and fault-tolerant manner.
At its Spring Forward keynote, Apple announced a new iOS ResearchKit framework aimed at enabling the use of mobile devices as a network of sensors for medical research. The framework will be open-sourced to developers next month.