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How can Swift be so much faster than Objective-C in these comparisons?

Apple launched its new programming language Swift at WWDC14. In the presentation, they made some performance comparisons between Objective-C and Python. The following is a picture of one of their ...
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What language was “standard” for Apple development before Objective C?

I don't think Objective C was in use from the beginning of Apple hardware development. What languages did app developers use for the earlier Apple computers, such as Apple II or Mac Classic?
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Ergonomics of Apple keyboard for long programming hours [closed]

I am programming with an apple keyboard (the one all aluminium with flat keys). it's quite some time I observed I occasionally mistype, and I feel pain in my hands. Is it the keyboard's fault, or am I ...
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Can Swift be used for anything besides iOS and OSX apps? [closed]

I'm liking Swift, a lot. But making an iOS or OSX native app isn't totally what I would want to do with it. Is it possible for Swift to be used in other contexts? Like say a web application that runs ...
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Developers inheriting code. What to ask the old developer to better help the new developer?

I know nothing about code. We've had our old iOS developer drop out and we're looking for a new developer or a team to pick up where he has left off. I'm aware there can be issues with developers ...
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As a Europe-based company, is it possible to write a custom iPad application for a customer?

Our customer wants us to write a custom application for him that he can use on a handful of iPads in his company. This application is probably only useful for this one customer (maybe for two or three ...
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Naming convention for iOS/OSX open-source projects

Not always but most of the time, you will find iOS or Mac OS X open-source projects with names starting with the initial letters of the author first and last names. If a project were to be authored by ...
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How can I register in the iOS developer program as a minor?

Recently, I started learning about iOS application development, and while the simulator is fine for starting out, I've gotten to the point that I really should be testing the Apps I write on an actual ...
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Is Apple getting out of the general purpose development platform business? [closed]

I've been doing general ANSI C/Console C++/Java/Web development on Mac hardware for about ten years. I make no claims of objective superiority over other platforms, it just satisfies my personal ...
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Why does Apple only allow for Static Frameworks on iOS?

Clearly Apple has the ability to create dynamically loaded libraries (known as frameworks) for iOS, as they ship several with XCode (such as UIKit). App developers only have the ability to create ...
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Is objective-C++ being phased out? [closed]

Is apple phasing out support for objective-c++? Note the following: In the Objective-C language manual, there used to be a section on mixing objective-c and c++. That section is now missing. Links ...
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Adobe Air apps on the Mac App Store? [closed]

Before you chastise me for asking this, I have an Adobe Air app that has a lot of investment in it, and if there is a way to utilize the existing code-base in any way, it is worth considering. I have ...
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What is the easiest and cheapest way to distribute apple iOS enterprise app?

I work as a developer in a company, The company I work with has to deploy the app I made to their client. Number of clients are 3 and each client has around 100 iPads. Now my question is, What ...
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Are there bots that download new iOS apps without being asked?

I noticed on the first day my iOS app hit the app store I got a download from Albania and another one from China. The app is only useful to a specific group, all of which are in a certain U.S. city. ...
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iOS Development Certifications [closed]

Are there any iOS Development Certifications online? offline?
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Mobile games: paid vs. ad-supported? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which has more benefits when selling through mobile app stores: free or paid? I'm working on a game, and I'm hoping to distribute it through the Android and/or Apple ...
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Does iCloud use windows Azure?

I just read this article on iCloud's use of Azure: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/is-apple-really-using-windows-azure-to-power-icloud/9687 Anyone know if there is any truth in it?
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Best Usage of Multiple Computers For a Developer [closed]

I have two Macbook Pros - both are comparable in hardware. One is a 17" and the other a 15". The 17" has a slightly swifter CPU clock speed, but beyond that the differences are completely negligible. ...
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Do I need to notify a user if I am using statistics software in an iPhone app?

I am currently creating a (very simple) Objective-C client to send basic statistical data to my server for an iPhone app - just things like the state of the app (first-launch or launch, error, etc), ...
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Why did Apple remove Python support in Mavericks, aka Mac OS X 10.9? [closed]

In a rather unceremonious way - Apple has removed Python support (at least from the SDK) in 10.9. Python IS still installed on the system in... /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework but ...
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What is the most secure way to “Grandfather In” existing users of a paid iOS app that will go free?

The title pretty much says it all, but I can elaborate. I have a paid iOS app that has plenty of existing customers. I think i want to convert to a free app now, and allow full upgrade via ...
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is it allowed to create a app with overscroll feature?

As Apple won lawsuits against Motorola and Samsung with the so called overscroll patent, I am asking myself what the legal consequences of releasing an application with such a feature are? I think if ...
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Fixed window size app development for Mac OS X

I am developing a rather eye-candy application which is to be released on Mac App Store. Due to its graphics intensive use, it would save a great deal of time on UI end if the app could be released ...
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Does Apple own any rights to software you create with their developer tools?

Or do you own the rights to any software you create, regardless of whether you used tools supplied by a third party? Thanks
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How to tell if an employer has been banned from Apple's App Store? [closed]

I have a potential employer who desperately wants to produce an app, but for some reason they are refusing to get a $99 company dev account, saying the application process would be too difficult and ...
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What are the most over-saturated iPhone App category/markets? [closed]

I'm considering learning iPhone development and Objective C but don't want to avoid developing something for the most saturated markets and app categories. What categories should I avoid? Are there ...
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Who should get a developer certificate from Apple if client want their company name to show up in App Store

I am about start my first project with client, However I will work as a consultant. So do I need to get developer certificate and post my client's app in app store? Or I should ask my client to get ...
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If I have two developer license accounts with Apple, can I easily switch between the two for app development and publishing?

I've been interested in iPhone development since the release of the iPhone, however, I am on a limited personal budget. I've never been willing/able to fork out the money necessary for an iPhone and ...
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Cover Flow license issues?

I want to implement the Cover Flow effect in my commercial application on Windows. Are there any license issues about it? Because I think it has been patented by Apple.
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Is there any way to get faster app reviews? [closed]

I am trying to build a business around an iPhone app. The app will be our main sales channel, and being able to adapt the sales channel faster than the 9-10 days delay cause by the app review times is ...
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Is BSD-License compatible with Apple AppStores?

I would like to know if it is possible to make an application to be sold on Apple AppStores that is linked (during compilation) to a BSD-licensed library.
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Developing iOS apps as web developer

My Boss has sold a few 'iPhone apps' to clients, we are a web development shop. I have explained to him that I do not know the first thing about them, but it's such a powerful buzz-word and we need to ...
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Apple subscription for customer

When developing an iOS application (freelance) for a customer, how do you handle the iOS Developer Subscription? On the one hand, I have no problem submitting the app using my own subscription. On ...
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Apple Enterprise Developer Account Query

My employer is looking to purchase an enterprise account in the belief that it will enable us to develop and distribute apps for large clients of ours - however online it clearly states that the ...
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Estimate of each localization's prospects on Mac App Store

I write utility programs (converters, compression tools, etc.) with simple UI’s, which I put for sale of for free download on the Mac App Store. I write these programs in English, and usually add a ...
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Do I need to buy individual ios developer subscriptions for the members of my team, if I have a company subscription?

My guess is I have to, and if I do, I'll buy them while the company license is under review.
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Will apple approve app which internally uses library developed by Google?

I am using GDataXML library developed by Google as part of their Objective-C client library. As its Google’s XML processing library and I heard that Apple don't allow to use any third party libraries ...
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Why do many people think Mac will become a closed platform because of the App Store? [closed]

Isn't the App Store basically just Steam but for general applications?
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In iOS, y-axis starts from the top and grows downward. It is the opposite to OSX. What is the rationale and technical advantage behind this change?

In iOS, the coordinate (0, 0) means the top left corner. In OSX it is the bottom left corner. What is the Apple's rationale or technical advantage of this coordinate system?
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How hard would it be for Microsoft to support deployment of .net apps onto OSX and linux [closed]

Given the announcement of the windows 8 tablet edition and more details on the app store, it would be amazing if this infrastructure could be leveraged for the OSX desktop and or MonoTouch. ...
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Using a different App-ID, what are the consequences?

The company I work for has recently been given an order to improve an App that is previously developed by a different company. They use a bundle identifier like com.theircompany.appname, however, I ...
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Implement a file system for ios devices

I've read that ios apps can communicate via unique urls. An online tutorial on tutsplus says Communication between apps provides your application with an opportunity to take advantage of other ...
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How can test users access an unpublished iOS app?

I am considering outsourcing the development of an iOS app to various independent developers. I will have have various testers of the app. We all work for separate companies. Some of these testers ...
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Coming from a Windows keyboard background and still using a generic keyboard, how can I transition to Mac for development? [closed]

I got a new MacMini a little while ago because I already had a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc so I just wanted something cheap I could play with for Apple development where I could just change plugs to ...
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Use the word “Apple” and “Safari” in my application

I am developing an application and i want to use two words somewhere in my application. First i want to use the word "Safari" in a menu option which labels "Open in Safari"(for a url). The second is ...
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Which iOS developer account should I sign up for [closed]

I am currently working on an app for a local hospital. The hospital wants a rough version of my app to test on their employees before committing to full application development. I am currently ...
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Do/Should you consider GM releases as final?

I was wondering that, as a developer, you consider a GM release the final release and if you do it for serious development or if you stick to the stable version. With the iOS SDK, you're able to ...
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what is the meaning of the number inside the brackets in the manpage documentation of mac shell commands [closed]

I have been reading the man pages of osx documentation, for so long i have been wondering what are those numbers inside brackets pkgbuild(1) man(1) manpages(5) what does man(1) means ?