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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is a major event for all of us at Black Pixel. We plan our pilgrimage to San Francisco each year with the anticipation of a child dreaming of birthday splendor. We relish hearing about new developer tools and software updates since they help us build great things. WWDC 2016 did not disappoint.
From design changes rolling out with iOS 10 to the launch of Sierra, the new macOS, we couldn't wait to start exploring all of the updates. We carved out a space in our technical publication, "BPXL Craft," to unpack the highlights of WWDC 2016 and share what we learned with you. Here's a recap of what we've published so far:
There are significant technical changes with iOS 10, including new API access for Messages and Siri and some of the biggest visual design changes in years. Our design team details their initial observations about what's new.
Swift 3 is a culmination of the hard work from developers at Apple and those within the widespread community of app creators. Black Pixel developers David Brown and Kai Schaller offer his thoughts about Swift 3 and how its updates will impact developers.
Among the many features added to Messages, the ones of particular interest to developers are the ability to create sticker packs and extend Messages with iMessage apps. Take a look at the new Messages SDK with Black Pixel Developer Brandon Alexander.
The new macOS has offers great consumer-facing features, several of which can be taken advantage of by developers and designers. Check out a few of the updates in Cocoa that we should be thinking about while creating modern apps.
With new features and faster loading times, watchOS 3 is better than ever. Developer Dan Berry explores some of the changes that will be big for developers interested in creating Apple Watch apps.
Apple unveiled important updates to Core Data that focus on ease of use, safety, and control. Developer Michael Gachet shares his thoughts about those changes and how they'll impact developers.
Optimizing your app for international compatibility is important for expanding its reach to the global market. Black Pixel Developer Marga Keuvelaar details a few of the updates to iOS 10 that will make the internationalization and localization process smoother.
Creating fast, reliable, and beautiful apps with consistency across platforms will become even easier with the latest updates from Apple. We're excited to start applying these changes to our work and share the new things we learn along the way.