- Search Ads is Expanding to More Countries
You can now create campaigns for apps on the App Store in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and South Korea. Search Ads is an efficient and easy way to help people discover your app at the top of relevant search results on the App Store.
- New Design Resources Now Available
It’s never been easier to design apps for Mac and Apple Watch. The Human Interface Guidelines now include a full set of essential AppKit UI elements for designing Mac apps in Sketch or Photoshop, as well as dozens of new UI elements for watchOS apps, watch face templates for designing complications, a color guide, and new text styles.
- WWDC18 Video Transcripts Now Available
Take advantage of transcripts to quickly discover and share information presented in WWDC18 videos. You can search by keyword, see all instances where the keyword is mentioned in the video, go straight to the time it was mentioned, and even share a link to that specific time.
- Introducing App Store Connect
For app developers and their teams, iTunes Connect is now called App Store Connect. And with the new App Store Connect app, it’s even easier to manage your apps, view trends, respond to reviews, and reply to active Resolution Center issues, all on your iOS device. You can also receive push notifications for changes in your app status and new customer reviews.
- ARKit 2
iOS is the biggest AR platform in the world, and now you can create even more incredible experiences with ARKit 2. Multiple users can use their iOS device to simultaneously view AR experiences or play multiplayer games, as bystanders spectate. AR experiences can be saved and resumed at a later time in the same state. And you can incorporate real-world objects into your AR experiences, giving your users greater immersive opportunities.
- Siri Shortcuts
Siri can now intelligently pair users’ daily routines with your apps to suggest convenient shortcuts right when they’re needed. Use the Shortcuts API to help users quickly accomplish tasks related to your app, directly from the lock screen, in Spotlight, or from the Siri watch face.
- Get Ready for the All-New Mac App Store
The reimagined Mac App Store arrives with a new look and new editorial content that inspires and informs. Organized around the specific things customers love to do on Mac, along with insightful stories, curated collections, and videos, the Mac App Store on macOS Mojave beautifully showcases your apps and makes them even easier to find.
- Updated Guidelines Now Available
The App Store Review Guidelines have been updated. We review all apps submitted to the App Store in an effort to determine whether they are reliable, perform as expected, and are free of offensive material. As you plan and develop your app, make sure to use these updated guidelines.
- Upcoming iOS 11 App Update Requirements
iOS 11 delivers innovative features and the redesigned App Store to hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Your apps can deliver more intelligent, unified, and immersive experiences with Core ML, ARKit, new camera APIs, new SiriKit domains, Apple Music integration, drag and drop for iPad, and more. Starting July 2018, all iOS app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK and must support the Super Retina display of iPhone X.
- Developer Insights Series: Responding to Reviews
Customers can provide ratings and reviews on the App Store to give feedback on their user experience and help others decide which apps to try. Tinybop, Zynga, Hopscotch, Tone It Up, 1 Second Everyday, and Pocket share how having a direct dialogue with customers on the App Store helps them improve their apps’ discoverability, encourage downloads, and build rapport with users.
- 64-bit Transition on macOS
With the recent release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, the first time users launch an app that does not support 64-bit they will see an alert that the app is not optimized for their Mac.
As a reminder, new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must support 64-bit, and starting June 2018, app updates and existing apps must support 64-bit. If you distribute your apps outside the Mac App Store, we highly recommend distributing 64-bit binaries to make sure your users can continue to run your apps on future versions of macOS.
- Allowing Users to Manage their Data in iCloud
The European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may impact the way you currently let your users manage their data. Learn how to provide ways for your users to manage their data stored in iCloud, including the ability to temporarily deactivate or restrict access, delete, or get a copy of their data.
- Introducing ClassKit for Education Apps
The ClassKit framework, coming in Xcode 9.4, works with a powerful new iPad app called Schoolwork that helps teachers and students keep track of assignments and progress. With ClassKit, you can help teachers easily discover specific learning activities in your app, take students directly to the right activity with a single tap, and securely and privately share progress data to help teachers personalize instruction.
- Developer Insights Series: App Store Product Page
With iOS 11 there are even more elements of the product page that help to drive discoverability and downloads. The people behind Concepts, Grokker, TypeShift, War Dragons, and codeSpark Academy share how they use each metadata element on the App Store product page to encourage users to download their apps.
- Introducing IBM Watson Services for Core ML
Discover new ways to build intelligence into your iOS apps. With IBM Watson Services for Core ML, it’s easy to build apps that access powerful Watson capabilities right from iPhone and iPad, so you can provide dynamic, intelligent insights that improve over time. Your apps can quickly analyze images, accurately classify visual content, and easily train models using Watson Services.