Thursday, August 7, 2014

Alleged dates for iPhone 6 (and presumably iOS 8) release

The iPhone 6 release date is now being widely touted as 9 September 2014. It seems fairly likely that some differently sized devices will be released on or around that date. Whether or not the rumours about such devices being specifically sized 4.7" and 5.5" remains to be seen-- as will whether such devices actually turn out to be telephones or something more like versions of the iPad. Or put another way, is the ability to test your apps on an "iPad" of arbitrary size in Xcode a red herring...?

What this does means is that as developers, we have a schedule in place for testing and finishing development of new apps to take advantage of the more "iconic" of the new iOS and Mac OS features that Apple will probably be pushing. If you want to be among the first to take advantage of the new app extensions or continuity features, you have a month or so left! Now is also a good time to start testing your existing apps to see how they will cope with arbitrary screen sizes to make sure that-- as and when the newly sized devices actually appear-- it won't be too much effort to complete the process and get new versions of your apps out quickly if necessary...

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