Weekly Roundup: Tim Cook, TestFlight, and Toast

Thankfully, with the release of Mac OS X 10.9.2, last week's SSL crisis is over, and we can get back to wringing our hands about the impending death of TestFlight. The good folks at Apptentive have a pretty comprehensive list of replacement services that you might want to check out. Of late, I have been using

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Control of the Week: CRToast

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Weekly Roundup: Goto Fail

If you haven't updated to iOS 7.0.6 and OS X 10.9.2 on all of your devices, drop everything and do it now.

Last week saw the release of iOS 6.1.6 and 7.0.6, which fix an incredibly simple and scary bug. The best writeup of it that I've seen so far comes from Adam Langley, a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google, who notes the presence of an aptly named, and horrifically unnecessary goto fa...

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Control of the Week: SimpleFormatLanguage

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Weekly Roundup: "For Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose"

On August 6, 1997, Steve Jobs took the stage at MacWorld Expo to announce that "[we] have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose." He went on to introduce a smiling Bill Gates via satellite telecast in an absurd, ostensibly unintentional recreation of the famous 1984 ad.

As it works out, Steve was absolutely right. In May 2010, Apple's market cap passed Microsoft's. And then, for the first time ever,

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Control of the Week: PopulateKit

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Weekly Roundup: Facebook and Microsoft Take Bold Steps Forward

Last week, Facebook launched a new app, Paper, that acts kind of like a Flipboard for your Facebook feed. It's a gorgeous app, but ran into some issues both in terms of trademark issues and usability problems. Still, I think it's a bold step forward, and...

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Control of the Week: DoImagePickerController

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Weekly Roundup: The New Nexus of Google Hardware

Hi everyone - There's been a lot of talk this past week about future hardware, on both Apple and Google's parts. Mac Rumors, for what it's worth, posted an article about a rumored new app, Healthbook, coming to iOS 8 that will feature very tight integration with the rumored iWatch. It would seem entirely sensible to tie a forthcoming new product line launch to existing blockbuster product lines, meaning that a Fall release of the iWatch was always likely, but rumors of tight integration into n...

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Control of the Week: RMScannerView

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Weekly Roundup: the Mac at 30

Obviously the big news of the past week was the 30th anniversary of the Mac, introduced at an Apple shareholder meeting on January 24, 1984. Apple put together a very unexpected, beautiful retrospective on the Mac, which you can find below. Meanwhile, MacWorld has a brief but interesting look at the Mac at 30 from Phil Schiller, Bud Tribble, and others.

Meanwhile, Nintendo, a company that has regularly been compared to Apple in...

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Control of the Week: DLWidgetMenu

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Weekly Roundup: Playing Games

Although not directly related to iOS development, one of the most surprising and unfortunate pieces of news I read this past week was that Tobias Frere-Jones, one half of the renowned type foundry Hoefler & Frere-Jones was suing his business partner of 15 years for what he sees as his fair share of half of the company. One big takeaway for all of you folks doing contracting work or considering doing contracting work is that you should always get everything written down and signed....

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Controls of the Week: UIImageView_FaceAwareFill and BEMSimpleLineGraph

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App of the Week: Margana

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A delightful word game for iOS that takes advantage of no less than...

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Weekly Roundup: Seven Years of the iPhone

Eight years ago, I watched a TED talk by Jeff Han on his innovative research into multitouch displays. Little did I know at the time that less than a year later, Steve Jobs would walk onto the stage at MacWorld to demonstrate not just a research prototype, but a real product that would be available to consumers just months later[1]. Last week marked the seven year anniversary of Jobs' introduction of the iP...

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Weekly Roundup: Welcome to 2014!

Hello everyone and happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful, productive 2013, and that your plans for 2014 are taking shape even as I write this. Apple's certainly are, and if an article I link to below from TUAW is to be believed, you'll know first when 9to5 Mac does solid, original reporting about it.

Meanwhile, New Years is always a great time to reflect on the past even as we look ahead to the future. In tha...

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Control of the Week: P2MSTextView

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Weekly Roundup: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Happy new year, everyone! As 2013 draws to a close, I just want to thank you all again for your support. Cocoa Controls would be nothing without its community, which means you. Without your apps, or your open source controls the site wouldn't be worth much.

2013 was also a big year for Apple and iOS, with Apple releasing the most significant set of changes to the operating system since its original release in 2007, a much-needed overhaul of the Mac Pro, somehow managing to shove both...

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Control of the Week: EZAudio

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Weekly Roundup: Inter-app communication tools and 18 other spectacular controls

Happy holidays, everyone! As 2013 draws to a close, I've been seeing the inevitable flurry of both retrospective and forward-looking posts on the Internet, and I've compiled a list of some of my recent favorites for you, which you can find in What We're Reading. I'll draw up some thoughts about 2013 and 2014 for you for next week, so stay tuned for that.

Beyond that, we have a ridiculously good batch of controls for you to peruse this week, including several controls that ta...

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Control of the Week: IntentKit

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Weekly Roundup: Auto Layout tutorial video, free gesture graphics, and much more!

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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Sponsored by HelpShift

We're delighted to have Helpshift back as our sponsor this week. Check out their new CocoaPod for even faster integration into your iOS apps:


pod 'Helpshift', '~> 4.0.0'

Helpshift is the first help desk built for iOS and Android apps.

Message your users in-app. Enable self-service with native FAQs. Get 5-star reviews.

I've tried out Helpshift and I must say I couldn't be happier. It is, by far, the best support system I've ...

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Control of the Week: EFCircularSlider

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