Chinese ad tech attempts to bypass Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency

Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature hasn’t been publicly released yet, but a Chinese state-backed ad technology wants to circumvent it.

ATT is due to be rolled out alongside iOS 14.5 sometime this spring. The feature, which has drawn both praise and criticism, will allow users to control whether their data can be shared for advertising purposes on an app-by-app basis.

According to a recent survey, just 38.5 percent of respondents said they will...

Bill enabling developers to avoid in-app purchase rules is ditched

A bill in Arizona that would have enabled developers to avoid the in-app purchase (IAP) rules set by app stores has been ditched.

Many developers have argued for some time that Apple and Google have abused their market dominance to set unfair rules. State bill HB2005 would have forced Apple and Google to allow developers to use their own payment solutions within apps.

The bill was scrapped after intense lobbying. 

According to State Representative Regina...

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...

Corellium enables iOS device virtualisation on individual accounts

Security research firm Corellium has enabled the virtualisation of iOS devices on individual accounts.

Corellium won a lawsuit filed against it by Apple in December which led to this week’s policy change.

In the lawsuit, first filed in 2019, Apple alleged Corellium's virtualisation violated copyrights relating to iOS, iTunes, and UI. However, the court ruled in Corellium’s favour after deeming the company’s virtualisation comes under fair use.

Virtual iOS...

Apple’s VR headset to launch as niche ‘precursor’ to mainstream AR glasses

Apple is preparing to debut its long-rumoured VR headset next year but the product will be a “pricey, niche precursor” to mainstream AR glasses.

The report comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and claims that Apple itself only expects to sell around one VR headset per store each day—putting Cupertino’s first major new product since the Apple Watch in the same sales league as the company’s other expensive products like the $5,999 Mac Pro (which ships around 180,000 units...

Epic Games takes its Apple antitrust lawsuit across the pond

Clearly unhappy with the lack of progress it’s making in the US, Epic Games is also launching its antitrust lawsuit against Apple in the UK.

Apple removed Epic’s hit game Fortnite from the App Store last year for using its own billing system rather than Cupertino’s own—thus evading the 30 percent cut taken by the iPhone maker.

“Epic believes that you have a right to save money thanks to using more efficient, new purchase options. Apple’s rules add a 30% tax...

Apple is notifying devs if they’ve qualified to keep more App Store profits

Apple is notifying developers that applied for its Small Business Program if they’ve qualified to keep more of their App Store profits.

Under the program, Apple will reduce its cut of App Store sales from 30 percent to a fairer 15 percent. Developers that applied on time and qualified have begun being notified:

https://twitter.com/aserkaradeniz/status/1341658991697518593

Any iOS developer which earns under $1 million in sales per year is eligible for the program....

EFF calls Facebook’s campaign against Apple’s iOS 14 privacy changes ‘laughable’

The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has called Facebook’s campaign against Apple’s iOS 14 privacy changes “laughable”.

Facebook took out full-page newspaper ads last week in protest at Apple’s privacy changes in iOS 14:

https://twitter.com/DaveStangis/status/1339183289349918721

Apple’s new policies require apps which collect information about users to disclose what data they’re grabbing—and request specific permission to do...

Apple invites developers to start generating App Clip Codes

Apple is opening the floodgates to iOS developers wanting to get started with App Clip Codes.

App Clips were announced at WWDC in June and enable developers to quickly offer small parts of their app for specific tasks or functions rather than force a user to download an entire app they may just delete afterwards.

The feature is similar in concept to Android’s Instant Apps which Google introduced in 2017. 

Google’s take on the feature focuses more on...

ConnectKit stores App Store Connect API keys and creates helpful ‘Shortcuts’

A new iOS app called ConnectKit helps developers to store their App Store Connect API keys and create ‘Shortcuts’ for helpful actions.

The app securely stores App Store Connect API keys and syncs them across devices using iCloud.

ConnectKit will guide developers through the process of generating a certificate and inputting credentials when the app is first opened.

This data is used so developers can access information across their apps via endpoints...