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Apple Launches New developer Tools & Technologies for Better Mobile App Development

Apple has recently come up with its all-new set of tools and technologies exclusively designed for developers. This new launch is all set to help iOS app developers to build more engaging app experiences and make it even easier to build high-quality apps. 

“We’re thrilled to provide our developer community with powerful new tools and technologies to help create even more compelling and higher-quality apps, while engaging with their users in all new ways through the App Store,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. 

“With the robust set of tools included in Xcode Cloud, continuing innovation in the Swift programming language, a wide range of new APIs, and even more ways to reach users — Apple’s platforms have never been stronger.” he added further.

What’s New?

Let’s have a brief introduction to the latest tools and technologies launched by Apple!

Swift

Swift programming language now incorporates in-built concurrency support for developers for easier code writing. The features will enhance in-app accessibility features, list views, multicolumn tables, search experiences, etc. and will help developers write secure and quick codes with less mistakes and reap complete benefits of the strong multi-core silicon across Apple gadgets. 

With this update, augmented reality (AR) technologies make it easier than ever to build immersive content in apps or on the web.

Xcode Cloud

 Xcode Cloud brings together the multiple tasks and tools required to build, test, and deliver apps using powerful cloud services, enabling individual developers and teams to be more productive and provide great apps to their users. With In-App Events and Custom Product Pages, the App Store now provides all-new ways for developers to promote their apps and connect with users. 

Built into Xcode 13, Xcode Cloud offers a fast and simple way for app developers to build and test high-quality iOS apps even more efficiently. It can create applications automatically in the cloud for allowing Macs of developers for other jobs.

App Store

With the launch of new product page tools by Apple, developers find new ways to connect with users in the App Store and better flexibility. With featuring events like live-streamed experiences, movie premieres, live competitions, and more, now you can find more apps and games on the App Store. This highly increases the reach of developers’ events, which helps developers connect with new users, reconnect with past users, and keep present users informed.

Moreover, there are choices for developers for appealing an application rejection on regards to bias and the choice of reporting an app in case they believe that the app has a safety or trust concern or can violate the App Store Review Guidelines.

Games and Graphics

New tools and APIs in macOS, iPadOS, and iOS will assist game developers to build the next-gen games and offer a unique experience to all users. An all-new Metal texture compression tool supports every trendy and optimized format for Apple Silicon, making it simpler for developers to create high-end games for every Apple platform.

Moreover, a newly added Virtual Game Controller on iPad and iPhone offers a simple technique for optimizing games that develop in Game Controller assistance.

Augmented Reality

Apple comprises the largest AR platform in the world with more than 1 billion AR-powered gadgets enabled by ARKit. This framework enables developers to build AR experiences easily. Now, Apple has launched RealityKit 2 Object Capture that will allow developers to build 3D, high-quality, photo-realistic models of the world using the shots of iPhone, iPad, and DSLR.

AR Quick Look is utilized for viewing the models in Xcode or Reality Composer for creating AR applications effectively. Using new APIs in RealityKit 2, now developers can also make more complex and realistic AR experiences with better audio, visual, and animation control, incorporating dynamic shaders and custom render passes.

Other Developer APIs and Tools

Apple has also unveiled some additional APIs and tools for developers to boost their app experiences and empower them for building completely new features. Take a look at the list of those tools and APIs:

  1. SharePlay

SharePlay helps famous applications like Twitch, TikTok, Paramount+, MasterClass, Hulu, HBO Max, ESPN+, and Disney Plus create all-new shared experiences for Mac, iPad, and iPhone users.

  1. Xcode 13

Xcode 13 includes new strong features of team development that can perfectly work with Xcode Cloud and also with GitLab, BitBucket, and GitHub collaboration features.

  1. Messaging Apps

Messaging apps like We Chat and Slack can presently share user status in conversations. Applications like Uber Eats can get Siri to declare all incoming messages and new notification APIs allow communication and high-priority notifications from applications like Zomato and Chase Mobile for approaching a Focus or Do Not Disturb.

  1. Third-Party Video Calling Apps

These applications can reap the benefits of the most recent FaceTime improvements, incorporating Portrait mode, Wide Spectrum Audio, and Voice Isolation.

  1. Apple Watch Developers

Apple Watch Developers such as Qardio, Pandora, Breakpoint Studio, and so forth are presently building new app experiences that provide a more intense customization level and are more reactive to their users’ ambiance.

  1. New Camera APIs

These enable greater fused pictures and include the capacity of capturing 1080pixel video and high-quality still images in a similar session.

  1. StoreKit 2

This makes sure the safety of in-app purchases for consumers. Currently, it boasts new APIs for managing subscriber status and product entitlements and testing support in both the Apple sandbox environment and Xcode.

  1. TestFlight

This helps Mac developers test in-app buys and other amazing Mac application features.

  1. Third-Party Navigation Apps

These applications can presently display a map view in the instrument cluster display of a vehicle and an all-new CarPlay simulator for Mac highly boosts the testing efficacy.

  1. Extensions in Safari

Now, web developers incorporating Honey and Grammarly are creating extensions in Safari that can be accessed across Mac, iPad, and iPhone. Moreover, developers can build strong, new extensions in the Mal application.

  1. ShazamKit

This allows developers to merge audio identification technology straight from Shazam into their applications, helping in matching music to the large song catalog of Shazam and every previously recorded audio for customizations.

  1. Spatial Audio

Now Apple can deliver the theatre-like experience with spatial audio and put sounds all around for bringing music content to life. Also, Physical Spatialization Engine makes it seamless for game developers to execute true-to-life audio throughout all Apple platforms.

Note: The article was previously published at Apple.com.  

When Will These New Tools and APIs be Available?

Developer betas for WatchOS 8, macOS Monterey, tvOS 15, iPadOS 15, and iOS 15 are already available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com.

Xcode Cloud is now available as a limited free beta, with more availability this year, and is going to be accessible to every developer in the upcoming year.

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Author Rashmi Kanti is a passionate content writer & a blogger having written numerous blogs for IT domain. Being into the Blogging world for the past 5 years, she is presently contributing technology loaded articles & blogs regularly to QSS Technosoft. Rashmi has a proficient knowledge of the latest market trends in the mobile & web applications and expresses herself a big technology geek.

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