Ole Begemann

iOS Development

Best iOS and Mac development-related links: February 2011

(My end-of-the-month summary of interesting posts from across the blogosphere has become a regular thing, but I needed a new name for it. Now that I am officially also a Mac developer, it’s not just about iOS anymore.)

A lot has happened in February: The Verizon iPhone came out. Apple announced App Store subscriptions and with them new rules for content publishers regarding In-App purchases. HP announced the TouchPad and Google launched Honeycomb a. k. a. the first Android version for tablets. Nokia adopts Windows Phone 7. And last but not least, we got the first developer seed of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

Here is my summary of the past month in links:

OS X Lion

Apple released the first preview version of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to registered Mac developers. Interestingly, they use the Mac App Store to distribute the preview build (and I thought beta software was not allowed on the App Store!).

If you have access to the developer seed, you should really try it out, there is a lot of great new stuff in there. I absolutely love Lion already! Required reading:

One especially interesting tidbit from the many thing that have already leaked about Lion is that apparently, Apple is going to ditch the vision of resolution independence and going the “Retina” display route on the desktop, as well: people found @2x version of images in Lion.

Before the Lion preview came out, Andy Ihnatko speculated about a future OS X/iOS mashup OS he calls iX. Interesting read.


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