WWDC 2021: Apple launches Xcode Cloud, Object Capture and Swift for developers

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Apple developers are getting new APIs, including object capture, as well as concurrency for Swift and Xcode Cloud to simplify workflows.

The company’s developer tools arrive as Apple’s App Store and monetization share come under fire from players like Epic Games. Apple said it paid developers $ 230 billion and added App Store features that will provide more marketing tools to creators.

Details on the developer tools will be outlined during WWDC 2021 sessions this week, but Apple has highlighted the following.

  • Object capture, which allows all developers to create 3D objects in minutes from 2D photos. With images from an iPad or iPhone, MacOS Monterrey will be able to import the photos into Cinema 4D and generate an augmented reality preview on the spot. Wayfair was cited as a client. Capturing objects is a feature of RealityKit 2.
  • Fast, Apple’s programming language, will benefit from concurrency so that applications can react to user input and run in the background. Competition will allow developers to take advantage of multi-core processes. SwiftUI also boosts user interface development with low code tools.
  • Xcode Cloud will launch a cloud-based workflow tool that will only store products but allow developers to scale across Apple’s entire product line, find and fix issues, and make testing easier. The idea is that developers can work without changing tools when building, testing, and distributing apps. Xcode Cloud is integrated with Xcode 13.
  • In-app events and custom pages will allow developers to better target and connect with users. Developers will be able to present application events.
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