Almost a week ahead of its annual WWDC event, Apple has released a Mac version of its Developer app. This year’s Worldwide Developer Conference will be 5 days long online event only, commencing on June 22 and end June 26. Due to the global health crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, Apple is taking the event to developers’ homes all over the world to maintain social distancing and ensuring everyone’s safety.
Previously, the Developer app was only available to users of iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Now, Cupertino HQ has included Mac users in the loop to have access to developer stories, educational information, community-related news and most importantly, a convenient place to live stream WWDC event. The release note states:
• Stay up to date on the latest technical and community information.
• Browse news, features, developer stories, and informative videos.
• Catch up on videos from past events and download them to watch offline.
Developer App on macOS
The latest version of the app has a new user interface for macOS, which allows users to access various resources in three new sections: Discover, Browse, and WWDC.
- In the Discover section, users will see the latest stories, videos, news, and more. Apple states new content will be regularly added in this section, like Apple notes, features’ recommendations, and more.
- The new browser interface will give access to users to previous WWDC events, developers’ community-related news, articles, tech talk session, and videos.
- Live stream Apple’s developers’ event on Mac.
- Users will be able to download and favorite articles, videos, or other content to watch later.
Developers are the company’s big asset. When Apple released this exclusive app for developers in 2019, it wanted to provide them easy access to all the required information and tools to create, test, and develop apps which to support its app ecosystem across all operating systems: iOS, iPad, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.
In the release note of App Store ecosystem earning half a trillion dollar in billing and sales in 2019 report, CEO, Tim Cook stated:
“We’re committed to doing even more to support and nurture the global App Store community — from one-developer shops in nearly every country to businesses that employ thousands of workers — as it continues to foster innovation, create jobs, and propel economic growth for the future.”
Although the app was not designed for the current home bound lifestyle, it will surely play an important part in the continuation of the creative cycle by bringing the developer community on one platform to learn, inspire and motivate. Now, what is left to see is whether the Developer app be able to sustain the large number of developers on the platform tuned in for the WWDC event this year. Here is the complete WWDC event schedule.
The developer app is on the Mac App Store.