WWDC 2020: The developer rundown of Apple’s biggest event

This year’s WWDC managed to be interesting for more than just the circumstances in which it was held.

Apple held this year’s event under strange conditions: the coronavirus pandemic has changed all our lives for the foreseeable future, and global protests are demanding an end to social inequalities.

"Our mission has always been to make the world a better place," Cook said. "And we're committed to being a force for change."

Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the...

Letter criticises App Store policies as EU opens antitrust investigation

A developer has penned an open letter criticising the App Store’s policies just a week after the EU announced it’s launched an antitrust investigation.

In a letter, Basecamp CEO Jason Fried set out his issues with the App Store’s payment policies.

Fried admits that money, specifically the 30 percent cut which Apple takes, is “a large part of the story” – but it’s the “absence of choice and how Apple forcibly inserts themselves between [the] company and...

Attention app developers: Android is no longer second fiddle

For a long time the app world was the iOS user’s oyster - all of the best apps were designed for them. In fact, within the US, smartphones and the apps market were essentially synonymous with the iPhone and the App Store. Throughout the rest of the world users preferred Androids, and by 2015 they accounted for 80% of smartphone shipments.

It was only a matter of time before this sleeping giant awakened here on our shores. There are lots of reasons to assume that Android will no...

Google and Apple will block location access while using contact-tracing API

A contact-tracing API being developed by Google and Apple will block location access to prevent misuse.

The API, called ExposureNotification, is being provided to national health agencies to build contact-tracing functionality into their apps. It's hoped that contact-tracing apps will help societies to safely return to some degree of normality.

An initial version of the API was released last week. This week, new resources – including demo code and example UI assets –...

Study: Half of Americans don’t trust contact-tracing apps

A new study has found that half of Americans wouldn't trust a COVID-19 contact-tracing app.

Contact-tracing apps are being hailed as key to returning to some degree of normality. The apps use Bluetooth to keep track of everyone an individual passes in order to notify that circle if a COVID-19 diagnosis is made so they can isolate and get tested before spreading the virus further.

Naturally, there are concerns about the amount of data such apps could take about their...

Apple and Google improve contact-tracing solution following criticisms

Apple and Google have sought to improve their COVID-19 contact-tracing plans following criticisms from governments.

Contact-tracing apps are being hailed as key to returning to some degree of normality. The apps use Bluetooth to keep track of everyone an individual passes in order to notify that circle if a COVID-19 diagnosis is made so they can isolate and get tested before spreading the virus further.

Naturally, however, many governments are wary about putting the data...

France wants Apple to ‘lift the technical hurdle’ preventing iOS contact-tracing app

France claims iOS limitations are delaying the rollout of a national COVID-19 contact-tracing app and wants Apple to step in.

Apple and Google recently announced they're setting aside their differences to build an interoperable COVID-19 contact-tracing API. France, however, doesn't want to wait.

French authorities have reportedly built a contact-tracing app which they plan to deploy by May 11th. The developers appear to have had no issue with the Android version but...

iOS 14 will reportedly support on-device Xcode development

Apple's developers look set to be able to use Xcode on iDevices following the release of iOS 14 later this year.

Xcode has only ever been officially supported on Mac. However, according to Jon Prosser, founder of YouTube channel Front Page Tech, that's about to change.

On Monday, Prosser tweeted:

"XCode is present on iOS / iPad OS 14. 

The implications there are HUGE.

Opens the door for 'Pro' applications to come to iPad."

The report is...

Google and Apple’s COVID-19 contact-tracing tech is too private for the UK

Contact-tracing technology being developed by Google and Apple appears to be too private for the UK's health service.

While contact-tracing may face delays in the EU due to the bloc's strict regulations; it may not work at all in the UK because of the NHS' demands. 

British health secretary Matt Hancock recently hinted the NHS would use Google and Apple's technology and said:

“All data will be handled according to the highest ethical and security...

Developers find iPad Pro’s LiDAR currently unsuitable for photo apps

The photography experts behind the Halide Camera app have found the iPad Pro’s new LiDAR Scanner to be lacking and unsuitable for software like their own.

In a detailed analysis, the Halide developers had the following to say about the LiDAR Sensor:

"The LIDAR sensor, also known as a 3D ‘Time of Flight’ sensor (ToF for short) is a sensor that is exceptionally good at detecting range.

Regular camera sensors are good at focused images, in color. The LIDAR...