Apple introduces Ask Apple for developers
October 11, 2022
Apple introduces Ask Apple for developers
New interactive, one-on-one Q&A series provides developers with direct access to Apple experts
Apple presented today Ask Applea new series of interactive Q&As and one-on-one consultations that will provide developers with even more opportunities to connect directly with Apple experts for insight, support and feedback.
Developers who participate in Ask Apple can ask about a variety of topics, such as testing the latest seeds; implementation of new and updated frameworks from the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC); adopt new features such as the Dynamic Island; move to Swift, SwiftUI, and accessibility; and prepare their apps for new OS and hardware releases. Ask Apple is free and registration is open to all members of the Apple Developer Program and the Apple Developer Enterprise Program.
This series will allow developers to ask questions of various Apple team members through Q&As in Slack or in one-on-one office hours. Q&As allow developers to connect with Apple evangelists, engineers, and designers to get answers to their questions, share their learnings, and engage with other developers around the world. Office hours are focused on creating and delivering compelling apps that take advantage of the latest technology and design. Developers can request code-level assistance, design guidance, input on implementing technologies and frameworks, troubleshooting tips, or help with App Review Guidelines and deployment tools. Office hours will be hosted in the world’s time zones and in multiple languages.
“We’ve listened to feedback from developers around the world about what will be most useful to them as they build innovative apps, and we’ve seen an increase in appetite for one-on-one support and conversations with Apple experts,” he said. said Susan Prescott, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise Marketing and Education. “Our team is committed to continually evolving our support for our diverse global developer community, and we’re excited to offer Ask Apple as another new resource.”
Ask Apple builds on successful programs like Tech Talks and Meet with App Store Experts, which have offered developers more than 200 live presentations and thousands of office hours over the past year.
Jordi Bruin, an iOS developer from Amsterdam, has launched more than 20 apps on the App Store and attended more than 50 Apple developer sessions and labs including Tech Talks and during Apple’s annual WWDC. One of their latest apps, Posture friend, aims to help users improve their posture by leveraging the motion sensors in AirPods. He recounts how his conversations with Apple experts guided him on his app creation and refinement process.
“Earlier in the development of Posture Pal, I attended a Tech Talk focused on the motion sensors in the AirPods. I spoke to a technology evangelist who not only helped me understand the parameters and possibilities of technology, but that also helped me brainstorm more advanced features and use cases that I hadn’t considered before,” said Bruin. “A designer at Apple also did a full review of the Posture Pal input experience, highlighting aspects that could be improved. Based on the feedback, I removed redundant information and simplified the screen design key in the app. Hearing it from an expert in UX design helped me come up with design guidelines for my projects in general.”
Ondine Bullot is the CEO of Better Kids and the founder of the educational app Wisdom: The world of emotions, which teaches children social and emotional skills such as managing feelings and resolving conflict through games and augmented reality (AR). Bullot and his team members from around the world participated in several series of engagements including Tech Talks, Meet with App Store Experts, and WWDC digital room discussions.
“I vividly remember attending the one-on-one office hours. It was one of the most creative sessions in terms of imagining new features and use cases for our app. An idea that emerged, What we are currently working on is to integrate Siri into our app so that children can say “Hey Siri, I need help with my emotions”, which would have Wisdom – the main character of our app – to lead through different calm. strategies,” said Bullot. “Our app offers a wealth of content: interactive games, AR, guided meditations, practice activities, printables, parenting tips, educational resources. Thanks to feedback from Apple experts, we recently redesigned the navigation of our app to create separate paths for children, educators and parents that helped to clarify which resources are relevant for each of them. We also redesigned our meditation section to make it more visual and friendly for children.”
Ask Apple will be an ongoing series, with the first round of opportunities coming October 17-21. Current members of the Apple Developer Program and the Apple Developer Enterprise Program can register and find schedule information by visiting developer.apple.com/events/ask-apple.
In addition to the Ask Apple series, hundreds of hours of sessions are available on demand on the Apple Developer website and on the App for Apple developers, which allows developers to hear directly from Apple about the latest technologies and important news in one place, all year round, when and where it is most convenient. Developers can access a robust library of timely, relevant and practical content from Apple experts and engineers, including news on everything from API and framework changes to human interface guidelines from Apple, program announcements and technical articles, as well as a technical and design video. library. Apple also offers all members of the Apple Developer Program the opportunity to receive one-on-one code-level support with technical support engineers who can help troubleshoot app code or bring solutions to development fast
Apple provides a wide variety of leading tools and end-to-end support for developers to build, test, market and distribute their apps to more than 1.5 billion Apple devices. An extensive suite of free tools and frameworks—including software development kits (SDKs) and developer services with more than 250,000 APIs—support developers building apps for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. These tools allow developers to add new features to their apps easily and quickly, and leverage powerful capabilities like machine learning, AR, and many others. Programs like Apple’s Developer Academies, Entrepreneur Camps, App Accelerators, and WWDC student scholarships, as well as open access tools like Everyone Can Code and Swift Playgrounds, ensure that the power of coding technology is accessible and inclusive.
The App Store, which was launched in 2008, is the world’s most secure and vibrant app marketplace, currently home to 1.8 million apps and visited by more than half a billion people every week in 175 regions. It helps creators, dreamers and students of all ages and backgrounds connect with the tools and information they need to build a brighter future and a better world. For more information on development for the App Store, visit apple.com/app-store/developing-for-the-app-store.
Katie Clark Alsadder
Apple Media Helpline