iOS 7 New Features and Xcode 5 beta details

11-06-2013
New features in iOS 7 announced at Apple WWDC 2013 keynote, details of Xcode 5 new features too.

I you've been able to tear yourself away from all the E3 Expo gaming news, you might have noticed Apple have unveiled the new features awaiting us in iOS 7 at the Apple WWDC keynote on Monday (along with news about OS X Mavericks and iTunes Radio).

Developers can already get their hands on iOS 7 and registered users at developer.apple.com can try out Xcode 5 (beta). The general public will have to wait until the advised iOS 7 release date of Fall / Autumn, before the upgrade will be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Other than the new design work that has gone into the new version, the 3 main iOS 7 features Apple is promoting are the new Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, and smarter multitasking.

But there are a bunch of other improvements under the bonnet which were touched upon during the keynote speech, including:

  • Automatic Background App Updates
  • Inclinometer
  • Audio-only FaceTime calls
  • Activation lock
  • New Maps features

What's new for iOS 7 App Developers?

There's great news for iOS app developers - Apple are bringing a slew of new tools and features together in XCode 5, making available a whole host of new iOS 7 Developer APIs too.

Xcode 5 New Features

If you're feeling adventurous, go and grab the Xcode 5 beta, which has goodies including:

  • Automatic Configuration for managing Apple services used in your apps
  • Test Navigator because Unit Testing is AWESOME
  • Continuous Integration Bots which tie in with OS X Server, and this is also AWESOME
  • Source Control Menu - serious branching and version control
  • Auto Layout making handling difference device layouts a breeze
  • Asset Management - tame the beast of runaway assets
  • Xcode Visual Debugger & Debug Gauges - to help you tune your iOS app's performance

iOS 7 New Features for Developers

There's a lot of'em! Here are some of the highlights:

  • JavaScript Core Framework - evaluate JavaScript code and parse JSON data
  • UIKit Dynamics
  • Text Kit
  • Multitasking Enhancements (fetch and remote notification)
  • Sprite Kit Framework
  • Game Controller Framework
  • Game Center improvements
  • Map Kit Framework (3D stuff and overlays)
  • Audio Unit Framework
  • Multipeer Connectivity Framework
  • Media Accessibility framework
  • Security Framework
  • Store Kit Framework

But how do I learn how to use these neat new toys?

There's a stack of information over at developer.apple.com but if you want to learn from an industry expert who can swiftly guide you to becoming a top-notch iOS developer, then give us a call, because we'd love to help.

Our iOS / iPhone / iPad App Development training course includes a look at the new iOS 7 features, and as soon as Apple goes live across the board with iOS 7 and Xcode 5, our courses will offer app developers extensive hands-on experience and Best Practices so you can start building commercial-quality iPhone and iPad apps.

Xcode 5 New Features

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