Happy Thursday! This week we got iOS 13.3 and Xcode 11.3 GM. Best feature of iOS 13.3 for me? I can now get rid of the memoji stickers from the emoji keyboard 😅. Let’s go to the links!

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Happy Thursday! We’re very happy and thankful to be nominated to the Swift Community Awards for Best Newsletter for the third year in a row. I’ve enjoyed following the Swift Community Awards over the years, and the best part is looking at all the nominees. The winners are usually amazing people or projects who are already well known in the community. But take a look at the nominees and you might be surprised to find lesser known (for now, at least) projects or people who can be an inspiration. Big shout-out to everyone who is creating content and putting it out there for our whole community 👏. Thank you 🙇‍♂️!

On a more practical note, as usual, between 23 and 27 December, the App Store Connect will be on holiday :). Scheduled submissions will go through, but new submissions and updates won’t be accepted in that time period.

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  • Plot – A DSL for writing type-safe HTML, XML and RSS in Swift, by @johnsundell
  • Diagnostics – Allow users to easily share Diagnostics with your support team to improve the flow of fixing bugs, by @twannl

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Happy Thursday! The US celebrate Thanksgiving today, and tomorrow Black Friday, a day in which a lot of products are traditionally on sale with substantial discounts. If you’re interested in getting some good deals for iOS developers, check out this very comprehensive list.

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Happy Thursday! This week, when I looked over the available updates for the apps on my iPhone, I noticed one that didn’t seem familiar: Apple Developer, with an icon that looks like Xcode without the hammer. I looked over the release notes, trying to figure out which app was that and all they read was “Thank you for your feedback” and a list of new features. Yet, I was sure I didn’t have that app before. So I figured out it’s a re-branding of something, and was curious to find out what was rebranded. So I digged in more into the version history of the app. Almost 10 versions ago, I could finally read “We’ve made several changes to the WWDC app”. So yes, the WWDC app was rebranded into an Apple Developer app. It seemed a bit weird that the release notes didn’t say anything about the rebranding of the app. So, what’s new in the WWDC app? Honestly, not much, yet. A new tab, “Discover”, mostly with links to sessions from the previous WWDC or news from Apple’s developer program, and the possibility for developers from U.S. to enroll into Apple’s developer programme. But let’s hope there will be more to the new app than this :).

In case you’re wondering about the format of today’s newsletter (11 “Articles”, 1 “Tool/Control”), it’s because I found a lot of interesting articles this week (even more were submitted), and instead of rejecting too many of them, then forcing myself to find interesting design or business articles from this week, I decided to include more coding articles and no Business/Design ones. Hope that you’ll enjoy this change!

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Happy Thursday! This week we got Xcode 11.2.1 GM, then the next day it was time for the first beta of Xcode 11.3. Also, new 16-inch MacBook Pros 😄.

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Happy Thursday! Since the last iOS Goodies edition we got Xcode 11.2 GM and Xcode 11.2.1 GM Seed 1 this week, and also the first beta of iOS 13.3 is out. Previously, the .3 version of iOS usually came out in spring. Looks like we’re a bit ahead of schedule this year 😅. But don’t get me wrong, I think more frequent and smaller releases of iOS updates make sense. Same for Xcode. Now, if only Xcode supported delta updates, so we wouldn’t have to download and extract 7-8 GB every other week 😁

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Happy Thursday! iOS 13.2 was released this week, with a lot of new emojis that would hopefully increase the adoption rate. Speaking of adoption rate, according to Mixpanel’s trends, iOS 13 is already used in almost 70% of the iPhones out there. Not bad 😄

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Happy Thursday! I’ve read Brent Simmon’s excellent article, SwiftUI Is Still the Future, and I found it very refreshing. Brent shows some of the limitations they’ve hit while using SwiftUI for their app, NetNewsWire. His conclusion is very clear:

We very much want to use SwiftUI, and we believe it’s the future of Mac and iOS development — but emphasis should be on future, because it’s not quite ready in the present.

Since WWDC, I think that around half of all the content I’ve seen published in our iOS community was about SwiftUI. With all the changes SwiftUI has been through in the 14 releases of Xcode 11 since June, I wonder how much of that published content is still accurate and valuable. And while it’s nice and exciting to jump on a new technology from the first day, I really wanted to read a post like Brent’s, which shows the other side of the coin. Of course, you can’t expect from a 3 months old technology to be on par with UIKit. And depending on your particular usecase, SwiftUI can be production-ready. Just think carefully before you decide to use it in production.

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