Aaron Brethorst | December 14, 2013 | Comments
The holiday season is upon us, and—regardless of how you may celebrate it—it bears repeating that you will not be celebrating it by releasing new versions of your apps in the App Store. The annual iTunes Connect shutdown is less than a week away, so either get your apps in pronto or hang onto them until the 27th!
Our "What We're Reading" section is a bit mislabeled this week. Half of ...
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Aaron Brethorst | December 07, 2013 | Comments
I think that the rapid uptake of new versions of iOS, coupled with the relatively homogenous nature of the device ecosystem is one of the most underappreciated advantages iOS has over Android, at least for developers. Even so, supporting iOS 6 and 7 across iPhone and iPad can be a serious undertaking. I can't imagine trying to support a popular app on Android, where you have to deal not just with a wide range of operating system versions, but also a staggeringly large number of devices, many o...
Aaron Brethorst | November 30, 2013 | Comments
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to all of you in the United States! It was a slow news week, for the most part, as the United States was on holiday for half the week. But, nevertheless, there were some interesting developments here and there that will be of interest to iOS and OS X developers. Perhaps most interesting was the confirmation that Apple acquired the Israeli startup PrimeSense, perhaps best known for creating the technology behind Microsoft's Kinect. The article (linked to below) not ...
Aaron Brethorst | November 23, 2013 | Comments
A couple summers ago, I wrote a blog post detailing some of the pluses and minuses of hybrid apps on iOS. The conclusion I came to at the time was that, for the most part, they simply weren't worth it. Facebook agreed and released an incredibly well-done, well-reviewed native rewrite of their app. But, inevitably, things change, and I wonder if it's worth taking another look at hybrid native apps. But, perhaps wi...