Weekly Roundup: Get your wallets ready!

by Aaron Brethorst | October 19, 2013

Welcome to our weekly roundup! This coming week, we'll see Apple's final round of product announcements for calendar year 2013. And, as always, the event promises to not disappoint. Whether you're looking for new Mac Pros, the release of Mavericks, MacBook Pros, iPads mini and otherwise, you're undoubtedly in for a treat! It's even possible, depending on how reliable you consider MG Siegler's sources to be, that we'll see a new Apple TV hardware announcement.

I don't know if we'll see Apple TV hardware on Tuesday, but I'm also not that excited for just any old hardware update. Ultimately, it's the software that will really matter, and a cursory glance at the headers for the iOS variant powering AppleTV v6.0 reveals that new framework support for things like game controllers is presently missing. I'd be surprised if Apple was simply holding these back for a 6.1 release for fourth generation hardware, but stranger things have happened.

I think we'll eventually see a future Apple TV powered by an A7 or A7 variant chip that includes enough addressable RAM to make the CPU's 64-bit support seem obvious and inevitable, but whether that happens weeks before or months after the Xbox One and PS4 ship is a question we'll know the answer to on Tuesday. I'm most excited for a new retina iPad mini, as my 3rd generation iPad's starting to show its age. (fingers crossed!)

Best,
Aaron


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A demonstration of how to use FRP with ReactiveCocoa in an iOS context using the 500px API.

MIT licensed.

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UIScrollViewContentAccessors

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Category for UIScrollView which make easier to access UIScrollView's content properties in iOS.

MIT licensed.

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KHFlatButton

KHFlatButton

Flat Button inspired by FlatButton and Instagram's flat button palette but with a few more added convenience methods and refactoring for iOS 7 support and customization. Also has better support for button methods. It's also available as a cocoapod.

MIT licensed.

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GMSMessageWindow

GMSMessageWindow

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MIT licensed.

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Vertigo

Vertigo

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MIT licensed.

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7blur

7blur

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Supported positioning:

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Blur color components:

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MIT licensed.

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ALMoviePlayerController

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A drop-in replacement for MPMoviePlayerController that exposes the UI elements and allows for maximum customization.

MIT licensed.

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PXAlertView

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MIT licensed.

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ProgressHUD

ProgressHUD

ProgressHUD is a lightweight and easy-to-use HUD for iOS 7 (written in Objective-C).

MIT licensed.

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DTAlertView

DTAlertView

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Apache 2.0 licensed.

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SCSlidingViewController

SCSlidingViewController

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MIT licensed.

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C360NavigationBar

C360NavigationBar

A subclass of UINavigationBar with a solid appearance. It has two advantages over a stock opaque UINavigationBar:

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MIT licensed.

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OWUProximityManager

OWUProximityManager

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