Empower Apps

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In this episode, Leo is joined by Peter Witham to discuss the Platforms State of the Union: Xcode Cloud, Async/Await & Actors, Building Apps on the iPad, Focus & DND, ScreenTime API, Shareplay API and more...

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Xcode Cloud

  • How does it differ from Xcode Server and Serverbots?
  • Is there an on-premises version?
  • Can the Workflows be edited via web or text?
  • How does it compare to other services?
  • Where's the REST API for Xcode Cloud
  • How much does it cost?
  • What's is going to be the relationship with Fastlane?
  • How do pull requests, discussions, etc... interface with Git Repo Services (GitHub, Gitlab)?

Xcode... Swift Playgrounds on the iPad

  • Fully Build and Upload Apps from the iPad
  • How does sharing code with Xcode on the Mac work?
  • How does it interface with Git Repos?
  • Can Preview Apps in Full Screen
  • Sounds perfect for testing and prototyping

Async/Await and Actors

  • See episode with Vincent on async and await
  • Xcode includes tools for refactoring
  • What's the relationship with Combine?
  • Uncertainty with Actors

SwiftUI - Year 3

  • Used in various macOS apps (Maps, Photos, etc...)
  • Continued improvements to List
  • Table added to macOS
  • Specific Platforms for modifiers
  • Pull-to-Refresh One liner
  • New Material Styles and UI Focus API

Focus and Notifications

  • More Granular control over notifications
  • How do notification scores work?
  • What can we do about notification spam?


  • New Extra Large Widget
  • More Stacks
  • Widget Suggestions
  • iPad Home Screen Widgets
  • Peter's rant on Widgets
Also... ScreenTime API, SharePlay API, AR Object Capture, and the death of Objective-C

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"Blippy Trance" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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What is Empower Apps?

An exploration of Apple business news and technology. We talk about how businesses can use new technology to empower their business and employees, from Leo Dion, founder of BrightDigit.