Top 3 Annoying Aspects of Submitting an App Update to the App Store

Here is a top 3 list of the of what I find to be the most frustrating/agonizing/table-flipping/teeth-gnashing aspects of submitting a new app update to the iOS App Store. 

  1. Making new screenshots for the App Store because a UI element was changed.
  2. Making new screenshots for the App Store because a UI element was changed.
  3. Making new screenshots for the App Store because a UI element was changed…

Chrome for iOS

Chrome for iOS was released today, here is my pros/cons list for it:


Pros
Bookmark Syncing
View open tabs on other synced systems
Swipe between tabs
New tab screen is like the desktop version of Chrome, has panels of your most visited sites
An Omnibar


Cons
No Nitro JavaScript Engine
Can’t set as system default web browser


Conclusion
If you use Chrome on the desktop this is a no-brainer, get it. The 2 cons I listed are pretty minor. Don’t really care about JavaScript running slightly faster and changing the default web browser has become less of an issue to me lately. Sparrow and Reeder have built-in web browsers, as do many other apps, so changing the default browser is almost irrelevant. Even if you don’t use Chrome on the desktop I would recommend Chrome for iOS. The UI is slick and it has an omnibar, those reasons alone are enough to move from mobile Safari.

 

iOS Resource List Gets Its Own Page

Just made a separate page to keep all of my iOS resources in one place. This seemed like a much better solution than what I had been doing. The dig through posts to find it, copy/paste, add new content routine was getting old.

Updated: iOS Programming Resources List

Here is my running list of useful iOS programming resources from around the internet:

Cheat Sheets

 Books

 Videos

 Blogs

 

 

3 Features That Will Not Be Announced at WWDC This Year

 

Here are 3 features I would love to see but probably have a 0% chance of being announced at WWDC:
  1. Gatekeeper for iOS, it could be used as a compromise to allow users to side load apps onto a phone as long as they were signed by a developer.
  2. Ability to change iOS default apps, mail/calendar/browser/reminders and so on. 
  3. iTunes gets the iOS treatment and is split into 2 apps, one to purchase music/movies/tv shows and another to play/manage your collection. 

 

 

I See What You Did There: 3 iOS Features I Just Stumbled Upon

Here are 3 iOS features that I have stumbled upon in the last week:

  1. You don’t have to press the microphone button to start Siri dictation, you can just put the phone to your ear. I had no idea that “Raise to Speak” worked for text dictation like that.
  2. If you slide to open an alert on the lock screen you go directly to that app.
  3. Highlight a word and press ‘Define’ to get a dictionary definition of the word.

 

 

My Growing List of iOS Programming Resources

Here is my running list of useful iOS programming resources from around the internet:

Cheat Sheets

 Books

 Videos

Most Good: The 5 Best Improvements Introduced in Diablo 3

Here is my list of the 5 best improvements introduced in Diablo 3:
  • No Scrolls of Town Portal to mess with, just press ‘T’
  • All of your money does not drop from dying
  • Ability to reassign skills on the fly
  • Warp directly to another player by clicking their flag in town
  • Ability to revive fallen party members