Apple continues to resist providing a backdoored version of iOS for the FBI, while technology companies come out in support of Apple's stance. Political candidates capitalise on the stance leading to polarised advice. InfoQ provides an update to the situation as it currently stands.
Google has made its first comment on the Apple/FBI encryption fight, with Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai offering Tim Cook some limited support via a series of Tweets:
Apple has publicly berated the US Government for overreach of their duties in the case of providing assistance in unlocking a suspect's mobile phone, in a trial that is polarising the technology nation. InfoQ summarises the situation and what the possible outcomes might be.
The beta of version 2 of the Ionic Framework has been released. Its architecture advances to Angular 2, brings a new navigation stack, and fully supports material design.
Apple has recently announced that CloudKit, OS X and iOS framework that provides access to Apple’s cloud platform, is now open to server-to-server web requests. This removes the previous restriction of accessing the CloudKit public database only from iOS and Mac apps and through Apple’s web site.
Mobile cross-platform SDK V-Play Apps has recently introduced support for Android Material Design, improved the creation of map-based apps, and added new styling features.
J2ObjC is an open source tool created by Google to translate Java code into corrresponding Objective-C code that can be run on iOS. The idea is to reuse Java business code between Android, web and iOS. For the web the translation is done with GWT. This tool does not deal with UI code which needs to be written separately for each platform.
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.
Kevin Lacker, Parse Co-founder, announced that the Facebook-owned DBaaS platform will wind down its operation to be fully retired at the end of January 2017. This announcement gave rise to many complaints from developers, yet Facebook is trying to make the transition easy and several alternatives are available.
San Francisco-based programmer Edgar Aroutiounian has recently created a package for OCamliOS, an OCaml cross-compiler for iOS recently made available by Jeffrey A. Scofield that should eventually be merged into the official OCaml compiler. InfoQ has spoken with Aroutiounian.
iOS 9 Day by Day is a free book by shinobicontrols’ Chris Grant that provides a review of iOS 9 for developers. The book comprises 13 short chapters that puts the key features of iOS 9 at work in the accompanying sample projects. InfoQ has spoken with Sam Burnstone, shinobicontrols' Technical Evangelist.
One of the primary design goals of Swift is to allow efficient execution of code while allowing load-time abstraction of implementation, according to a work-in-progress document by Apple. Apple’s document provides information that is relevant to library designers, including Swift’s Standard Libraries, to ensure both backward and forward compatibility.
Perfect makes it possible to use Apple’s Swift language to build enterprise-grade web applications, say Canadian startup PerfectlySoft Inc. With Apple having recently open-sourced Swift, Perfect promises to support cross-platform development across multiple platforms, including OS X, Linux, Windows, iOS, and Android. InfoQ has spoken with Sean Stephens, CEO at PerfectlySoft.
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.
Wia is a cloud platform that aims to provide developers with a scalable and powerful backend for their Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. According to Conall Laverty, founder and CEO at Wia, that will enable the creation of fully fledged, production ready solutions without worrying about server management, data replication, and storage. InfoQ has spoken with Laverty.