Apple Design Award Winners : 2017!

Apple selected 13 apps as the winners of Apple Design Award 2017 — 5  games and 7 apps. These apps are a great inspiration to any iOS developer and would recommend you to download these apps and give it a run to find out how well they are designed. My favorite app among these is “Bear”, it’s a great app for bloggers to write with a clean distraction-free design.



Source: Apple Design Awards – Apple Developer

iOS 11: App store name length now limited to 30 characters!

Apple made a big change to the length of the app names by enforcing a 50 character limit back in September of last year. With iOS 11, it looks like Apple is planning to shorten it even further to 30 characters.

Last year, Apple faced a backlash from the developer community because a shortened App name meant that there is that much less space to squeeze in keywords for App store optimizations(ASO).

But the good part is that Apple is now introducing a new subtitle field to allow developers to add that extra bit of information in addition to the App name. The Subtitle field has a character limit of 30—So overall it’s a win for developers since they will now have space for 60 characters in total compared to the current 50 character limit.


WWDC 2017: Platforms State of the Union video now available!

Day 1 at WWDC was big this year, with a number of high-level announcements, not just OS specific, but also introduced a slew of new devices during Apple’s Keynote presentation. Apple, like every year also has a high-level developer focussed session called “Platforms State of the Union” which highlights some of the key changes in the new versions of the platform. This is a must watch session for every iOS developer and focusses on providing a general overview of all the new and exciting developer specific features available on the new platform.

Tap on the link below to watch the full session video:

Source: Platforms State of the Union – WWDC 2017 – Videos – Apple Developer

WWDC: iOS 11 concept video for iPad!

It’s been quite a while since Apple made major enhancements to iPad since the introduction of iOS 9.  iOS 9 represented a significant change in Apple’s approach to the iPad with features like Split View, Slide Over and Picture in Picture just to name a few. Interestingly Apple is also rumored to announce new versions of iPad specifically the 10.5 inch iPad Pro, which makes us believe that Apple might introduce a big refresh to iPad-only features with iOS 11.

iOS 11 announcement is still a few days away, but there is no harm in already dreaming about it. To make that easier here is an amazing concept video below created by Federico Viticci and Sam Beckett at MacStories.

Source: Macstories iOS 11 iPad concept video

WWDC: Apple plays with Humor for upcoming WWDC session names!

Every year before the WWDC keynote announcement, Apple keeps some of the session names a secret. Apple recently updated its WWDC 2017 sessions page with more information on the schedule for the week-long conference; Compared to previous years, this year Apple decided to add some humor to the cryptic session names. Read on to find out more.

Source: Apple went full dad joke with the names of this year’s secret WWDC panels | TechCrunch

WWDC 2017: Daring Fireball Talk Show!

One of the exciting things I look forward to during WWDC other than the keynote on day 1 is the live talk show hosted by John Gruber of Daring Fireball. The Talk Show touches upon a number of interesting topics and expands on some of the announcements made the previous day at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. Last year the special guests were Apple executives Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi who opened up about various WWDC announcements and gave an insight into why & how Apple is making it a priority to address developer concerns.

This year’s talk show will also have special guests and an announcement on that will be made soon. The talk show will be streamed live on Daring Fireball podcast on Tuesday, June 6th. Bookmark the link below today.

Source: Daring Fireball: The Talk Show

WWDC: Don’t forget to download the official iOS & tvOS app!

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is just a few days away, and even if you are not attending the conference this year, you can still follow along each day’s event as it happens on iOS and tvOS. With the app, you can watch live streamed sessions and download WWDC videos for offline viewing; You can also watch streamed sessions from previous years. If you are attending the sessions, then the app is a must have since you can Browse session times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events and use indoor location to find your way around San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Add your pass to Wallet for faster check-in at WWDC.

If you are attending the conference in person, then the app is a must have; You can browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events and use indoor location to find your way around San Jose McEnery Convention Center. You also get the convenience of a faster check-in at WWDC. So why wait when you can download the app today at the link below:

Source: WWDC on the App Store

WWDC: Yes, there is now a Mac app for that!

A new version of the unofficial Mac app for WWDC is now out with a brand new dark design and some innovative features. The best part about the app is that it’s completely free and open source. With this app, you can see the schedule, watch sessions live as well as sessions from previous years. A new feature that they have introduced is the bookmarking feature. With bookmarks, you can mark a specific point within a video and add an annotation to it, this way it’s easier to refer back to specific topics that are interesting to you. Be sure to download the app at the link below:

Source: The unofficial WWDC app for macOS