Developers appear to be losing interest in macOS

Analysis conducted by Appfigures suggests that developers are losing interest in macOS.

The number of Mac app releases has been on a steady decline for years, but Appfigures has noted a rapid decrease in recent months that shows no sign of slowing:

In 2020, developers released 392 apps on average per month. In 2021, that’s dropped to 343 per month.

Appfigures isn’t too optimistic about the outlook going forward and forecasts a drop to the low 200s for...

Mac Apps Report arms developers with useful consumer insights

Setapp has released its first Mac Apps Report which provides developers with useful insights into consumer attitudes.

When it comes to one-off purchases versus subscriptions, over double prefer to pay for a lifetime license (36%) compared to an ongoing fee (14%). However, 38 percent selected the “it depends” answer which indicates some flexibility for the right app.

Interestingly, 58 percent of respondents at least somewhat agreed with the statement that they prefer...

Hackers are using shared Xcode projects to infect Apple developers

Developers for Apple’s platforms are being hacked through importing shared Xcode projects infected with malware.

Researchers from SentinelOne detailed the growing trend after discovering a macOS malware dubbed XcodeSpy.

“Threat actors are abusing the Run Script feature in Apple’s Xcode IDE to infect unsuspecting Apple Developers via shared Xcode Projects,” the researchers explained.

“XcodeSpy is a malicious Xcode project that installs a custom variant...

Linus Torvalds wants an M1 Mac… but running Linux, obviously

Linux creator Linus Torvalds wants one of Apple’s first machines using in-house silicon—but running his open-source OS.

In a response to a Q&A in which a user asked Torvalds what he thought of Apple’s new laptop, Torvalds wrote:

“I'd absolutely love to have one, if it just ran Linux.. I have fairly fond memories of the 11" Macbook Air (I think 4,1) that I used about a decade ago (but moved away from because it took Apple too long to fix the screen - and by...

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...

Apple launches accelerator in China to boost app design and development

Apple has cut the ribbon on its first app design and development accelerator in China.

The accelerator, located in Shanghai, aims to help Apple scale its operation in one of the world’s biggest markets.

Apple will hold regular lectures and networking sessions for developers at its new accelerator. All of Apple’s platforms will be covered, including iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS.

Enwei Xie, Apple’s Head of Developer Relations in Greater China,...

Project Catalyst: Apple explains how porting iPad apps to macOS works

Apple’s freshly minted Project Catalyst team has provided further details on how it’s managed to achieve iPad app porting to macOS.

The macOS store launched in 2011 but has failed to gain the traction of its iOS counterpart. To help fix this, Apple announced Project Catalyst at this year’s WWDC.

Project Catalyst aims to make it easy for developers to port their iPadOS apps to macOS Catalina. Apple claimed basic porting was as simple as opening their iPad...

Apple will enable developers to lure ex-subscribers back with discounts

Apple has announced it will soon allow developers to lure users who previously had an in-app subscription back with discounts.

In an App Store Connect post, Apple wrote:

“Apps with auto-renewable subscriptions will soon be able to provide a discounted price for a specific duration for existing or previously subscribed customers. You can use subscription offers to help win back subscribers who have cancelled their subscriptions or promote an...

App Store requires devs in ‘Account Holder’ role to enable 2FA

Apple has announced that developers with the ‘Account Holder’ role on the App Store will have to enable two-factor authentication.

The change is compulsory and will come into effect from February 27th.

“In an effort to keep accounts more secure, developers with the Account Holder role in a developer program will need to enable two-factor authentication to sign in to their Apple Developer account and Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles,” the company...

Apple partners with France-based Simplon for Swift training

Apple has announced a partnership with French vocational school Simplon who will provide Swift programming language training.

Simplon initially plans to launch their Swift training in Paris and Lyon in January. All going to plan, the company will expand to elsewhere in the country.

Participants will enrol in a four-week program which has been developed by Apple itself along with various academic experts.

In addition to the program, Apple will provide funding to recruit...