Great new iOS 8 SDK features for App Developers announced

08-07-2014
Apple are heralding what they say is "the biggest release for developers since the introduction of the App Store."

If you guide your browser over to this here iOS 8 Developer page, Apple are heralding what they say is "the biggest release for developers since the introduction of the App Store."

Touted for an Autumn release as we've come to expect, as well as the updates to iOS 8, we can expect some tasty new features for app developers in terms of the SDK and Xcode - but perhaps most notably alongside the recent introduction of the Swift programming language. One of Swift's big advantages is that it will take you fewer lines of code to get the job done, but the differences don't stop there. The language is still in development but Apple assures us it's ready to go right now.

iOS developers shouldn't fear Swift as it will play nicely with existing Objective C code, but we expect to see more and more new projects being built in Swift from the ground up. And it's not just for iPhone, iPad or iTouch - you can build native Mac OS X apps with it too.

On top of these goodies, over 4,000 new APIs will be added to your arsenal, with greater controls over hardware and image processing (Photokit and Camera API), Cloud storage (Cloudkit), and Homekit for Siri-activated home automation.

We've already started to include Swift in our iOS App Development training course and will of course be rolling out the great new iOS 8 features as soon as we possibly can!

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