Apple at this time is introducing a new useful resource for the over 23 million registered members of its developer community, with the launch of a dedicated Apple Developer mobile app. The brand new app is an enlargement on the present WWDC app for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Convention, which it is going to now exchange. As a substitute of solely together with details about the developer occasion itself, the app will develop to incorporate different related assets — like technical and design articles, developer information and updates, movies, and extra. It’s going to additionally provide a manner for builders to enroll within the Apple Developer program and keep their membership.
At present, developer info is unfold out throughout Apple’s web site, and elsewhere. It even arrives in builders’ inbox within the type of electronic mail updates from numerous product groups. Now it will likely be obtainable in a single, streamlined mobile app expertise.
At launch, the Apple Developer app could not have all the pieces you may in any other case discover on Apple’s Developer web site, however its choices will develop over time, Apple says. For instance, at this time you’ll discover technical info and over 600 movies, however you received’t discover issues just like the Apple Developer Boards or a method to join a native Apple Developer program — like Apple’s App Accelerators, Design Labs or Developer Academies.
As a substitute, the app’s content material is organized throughout 4 important sections: Uncover, for discovering developer info, information and updates; Movies, the place you’ll discover the movies the WWDC app as soon as hosted; WWDC, for occasion attendees; and Account, the place builders can handle their account and program membership.
Apple’s purpose is to make use of the app to get related content material in entrance of builders in a well timed vogue and to level them to issues they could not even notice exist on the Apple Developer web site, and even at Apple, general. And in some instances, the app will embrace extra mobile-friendly content material — like articles that try to teach in a extra digestible, short-form method.
In different phrases, it could be the identical content material as discovered on-line in technical papers, however packaged in a barely completely different manner. Later, the app will even develop to handle a few of the issues that Apple hasn’t but documented — a subject of increasing concern amongst developers as of late. (One developer even constructed a web site known as “No Overview Available” that helps you discover out if an Apple API is lacking documentation.)
Elsewhere within the app, builders will proceed to have the ability to watch WWDC session movies and overview the WWDC schedule, when obtainable. They’ll additionally be capable of enroll for or renew an Apple Developer program membership, then pay for it utilizing Apple Pay or different fee strategies.
The app’s launch comes at a time when Apple has been centered on rising its worldwide community of builders by way of investments in native developer academies and accelerators — efforts which have been paying off, the corporate says.
For instance, over the previous 12 months, the developer community in Indonesia grew its membership by 60% after the opening of two Developer Academy services in 2019. In Brazil, the unique location for an Apple Developer Academy, the community grew by 50% this 12 months. In India, the situation of Apple’s first accelerator lab, the community grew by 45%. Different areas that grew their developer base this 12 months included the U.Ok. (up 40%), France (30%), Italy (28%), and China (17%).
In serving these areas, Apple discovered that some builders are extra inclined to open an app than they’re an electronic mail — which is one more reason it needed to supply a mobile-optimized, mobile-friendly developer useful resource. Plus, the corporate found it had developer assets that some folks didn’t even learn about, like its App Retailer mini web site. By centralizing all this content material into an app, it’s extra accessible.
The Apple Developer app is being soft-launched at this time in all worldwide markets, however Apple Developer program membership administration instruments are U.S.-only for now. Apple considers this a model 1, and goals to get developer suggestions because it expands.
The Apple Developer app is out there on iOS, together with Apple Watch and iMessage.