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Survey: Android’s Lead is Consolidated

by Abel Avram on  Aug 10, 2016

According to the latest Developer Nation Q3 2016 survey from VisionMobile, Android’s lead over iOS as primary platform and developer mindshare has been consolidated. Also, Windows developers prefer C# in the cloud while Linux ones stay with Java.

Apple’s Chris Lattner Looks Back at Swift 3 and Ahead to Swift 4

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 08, 2016

While Swift 3 is nearing its late 2016 release, Apple’s Developer Tools Department senior director Chris Lattner provided a retrospective on its development and set expectations for Swift 4 in a long message to the Swift-evolution mailing list.

Modern iOS Application Security

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 03, 2016

At QCon New York 2016, Trail of Bits CEO and security expert Dan Guido explained how to keep iOS apps secure. This includes correctly using all iOS security provisions, without forgetting that your app might be running on a jailbroken phone.

A New Microsoft Tool Aims to Help iOS Developers Port Their Apps to UWP

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 27, 2016

A new tool belonging to the Windows Bridge for iOS, iOS App Analysis, aims to make it easier for iOS developers to port their apps to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Nick Gerard, program manager at Microsoft, writes.

Facebook Announces Open-Source Swift SDK Beta for iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 17, 2016 7

Now available in beta, Facebook’s new SDK for Swift aims to make it easier for developers to integrate Facebook services into their iOS apps.

Apple Open-Sources its New Compression Algorithm LZFSE

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 02, 2016

Apple has open-sourced its new lossless compression algorithm, LZFSE, introduced last year with iOS 9 and OS X 10.10. According to Apple, LZFE provides the same compression gain as ZLib level 5 while being 2x–3x faster and with higher energy efficiency.

Open-Source Shark ORM for iOS Aims to Replace Core Data for High-Performance, Multi-Threaded Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 29, 2016

Shark is a new open-source ORM framework for iOS that aims to be an easy-to-use replacement for Core Data by providing high-performance and thread-safety. InfoQ has spoken with Adrian Herridge, creator of Shark.

A Look at APFS, Apple’s New File System for iOS and macOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 20, 2016 2

Among the announcements Apple made at WWDC 2016, its new file system, called APFS, raised a lot of developer interest. APFS brings strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, and more to macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

Apple Opens the Messages Framework to Developers

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 19, 2016 1

Apple’s new Messages framework for iOS, introduced at WWDC 2016, aims to make it possible to create app extensions that interact with Apple’s Messages app. A look at the framework API.

Dan Guido: Modern iOS Application Security

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jun 17, 2016

As mobile applications increase in popularity and as more transactions are carried out via mobile devices, security is a topic of growing concern. In his talk "Modern iOS Application Security" at QCon New York 2016, Dan Guido takes a closer look at iOS security. While Apple already provides the means to create highly secured applications, there are still threads that may render them useless.

Xcode 8 Brings Swift 3, Editor Plug-ins, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 15, 2016

At WWDC 2016, Apple announced Xcode 8, the latest version of its IDE for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Now available in beta, Xcode 8 brings Swift 3, improved address and thread sanitizer, a new editor extension architecture, and more.

Twitter Fastlane Adds Live App Preview from GitHub Pull Requests

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 02, 2016

Fastlane, Twitter’s solution to continuous integration and deployment for mobile apps, introduced Device Grid, a new feature aimed to make it possible to live preview changes directly from pull requests in GitHub. Additionally, Fastlane now supports two-factor authentication for iTunes Connect, and improved support for Android APK files.

Realm Reaches 1B Users, 100k Active Developers, and Launches Version 1.0

by James Chesters on  May 30, 2016

Realm, the open-source, object-oriented database has launched version 1.0 for iOS and Android. Realm's technical team told InfoQ that among the noted changes in the mobile database's latest release are an improved query language with support for partial string matches, relationship traversal, multi-field sorting, and distinct matches.

Google Firebase - a Complete Back-End Solution for Mobile and Web

by Abel Avram on  May 20, 2016 1

Google has introduced a new version of Firebase at I/O 2016, the platform offering a comprehensive solution for creating a back-end infrastructure for mobile (iOS and Android) and the web.

CareKit is Apple’s New Open-source Health-oriented Mobile App Framework

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 30, 2016

Following on from the announcement at the March 2016 “Let us loop you in”, Apple has open sourced its new CareKit framework, aimed to make it easier for developers to create apps that help people manage their medical conditions. Along with the new framework, Apple has also made available four iOS apps that use it.

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