Get ready to help customers resolve billing issues without leaving your app – Latest News

Soon it will be easier than ever for your customers to resolve payment issues, so they can stay subscribed to your content, services, and premium features. Starting this summer, if an auto-renewable subscription doesn’t renew due to a billing issue, a system-provided sheet appears in your app with a prompt that lets customers update their payment method for their Apple ID. No action is required to adopt this feature. Starting today, you can get familiar with the sheet in Sandbox. You can also test delaying or suppressing it using messages and display in StoreKit. This feature will require a minimum of iOS 16.4 or iPadOS 16.4.

All of this adds to existing powerful App Store features that help you retain subscribers. For example, if a subscription is in the billing retry state, Apple uses machine learning to optimize payment retries for the best possible recovery rate. And when you enable Billing Grace Period, customers can continue accessing their subscriptions while Apple attempts to collect payment.

Learn about the system-provided sheet

Learn how to test billing issues in Sandbox

Get your apps ready for the holidays – Latest News

The busiest season on the App Store is almost here! Make sure your apps and product pages are up to date and ready in advance of the upcoming holidays. We’re pleased to remain open throughout the season again this year and look forward to accepting your submissions. On average, 90% of submissions are reviewed in less than 24 hours. However, reviews may take a bit longer to complete from December 23 to 27.

Learn about submitting apps

Get tips to prevent review issues

Get ready to say goodbye to Fitbit accounts

If you have a Fitbit account, a major change is coming your way. According to the company, it will be ending support for Fitbit accounts and will require a Google account instead.

Fitbit officially became a part of Google back in January 2021. Since then, Google has been finding ways to get its ecosystem and Fitbit’s ecosystem closer together. For example, Google has said that its upcoming Pixel Watch will have deep integration with Fitbit. The latest push toward this united front is Fitbit’s new “Fitbit by Google” branding.

On Fitbit’s help page, the company has a FAQ about this new branding and what is in store for the future. In the list of questions and answers, Fitbit talks about Google accounts on Fitbit. It’s here where the firm announces that it will enable Google accounts on Fitbit in 2023 and will support a number of benefits for Google account users including:

  • Single logins
  • Account security
  • Centralized privacy controls for Fitbit user data

Further down the page, however, it’s revealed that some uses of Fitbit will require a Google account after Google accounts on Fitbit is launched in 2023. It also mentions that Fitbit account support will end in 2025, which will require all users to have a Google account going forward. The company states:

If you have a Fitbit account, after the launch of Google accounts on Fitbit, you’ll have the option to move Fitbit to your Google account or to continue to use your existing Fitbit devices and services with your Fitbit account for as long as it’s supported. Support of Fitbit accounts will continue until at least early 2025. After support of Fitbit accounts ends, a Google account will be required to use Fitbit. We’ll be transparent with our customers about the timeline for ending Fitbit accounts through notices within the Fitbit app, by email, and in help articles.

Although this is an interesting development, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since Fitbit is now a part of Google, it only makes sense that Google would want to simplify things by replacing Fitbit accounts with Google accounts. At least they’re giving users plenty of time to adjust to the inevitable change.

Get ready with the latest beta releases – Latest News

The beta versions of Xcode 14.1, iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, tvOS 16.1, and watchOS 9.1 are now available. Get your apps ready by confirming they work as expected on these releases. And to take advantage of the advancements in the latest SDKs, make sure to build and test with Xcode 14.1 beta.

To check if a known issue from a previous beta release has been resolved or if there’s a workaround, review the latest release notes. Please let us know if you encounter an issue or have other feedback. We value your feedback, as it helps us address issues, refine features, and update documentation.

View downloads and release notes

Learn about testing a beta OS

Learn about sending feedback

Get ready for Developer Mode – Latest News

Developer Mode protects people from inadvertently installing potentially harmful software on their devices, and reduces attack vectors exposed by developer-only functionality. Make sure to enable Developer Mode on your device when testing apps on iOS 16, iPadOS 16, or watchOS 9 or later, so you can grant permission to run locally-installed apps on these platforms.

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Get ready for WWDC22 – Discover

WWDC22 is all-online and bigger than ever. With so much to watch, explore, and interact with throughout the week, it’s helpful to have a place to start. Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of your week.

Watch Keynote, Platforms State of the Union, and Apple Design Awards

Monday is packed full of exciting events — make sure you don’t miss a single one:

  • Keynote offers an in-depth look at the future of Apple platforms, beginning at 10 a.m. PT on June 6.
  • Platforms State of the Union kicks off at 1 p.m. PT and dives deeper into the latest tools, technologies, and advances across Apple platforms.
  • The Apple Design Awards celebrate apps and games that excel in the categories of Inclusivity, Delight and Fun, Interaction, Social Impact, Visuals and Graphics, and Innovation. Watch the film and discover the winners at 5 p.m. PT.

Tip: Enable notifications in the Developer app to get updates about new videos, labs, Digital Lounges activities, and more.

Browse WWDC22

The Developer app is the best place to explore every aspect of the conference. Check the Discover tab daily for the latest news, announcements, and community stories. And beginning Monday afternoon, the WWDC tab is the place to explore everything happening all week long.

After Keynote concludes, you’ll be able to browse a complete schedule of sessions, labs, Digital Lounges activities, and Coding & Design Challenges. You can bookmark sessions you’re interested in watching, register for Digital Lounges, request lab appointments, and more.

Tuesday – Friday
Start your morning on the WWDC tab with the WWDC Daily Digest — your at-a-glance report. New videos also arrive each morning, with labs and Digital Lounges activities happening throughout the day.

Want to know what’s happening in Design, SwiftUI, or another topic? Check out our dedicated areas to browse videos, labs, Digital Lounges, and collections on those specific subjects.

Tip: New to WWDC or Apple development? Check out the Essentials topic area, which features all the content you’ll need to get started with our latest frameworks and APIs.

Explore labs and Digital Lounges

There are more ways than ever to connect with Apple engineers, designers, and experts online at WWDC.

Whether you have a question about a new API, want design guidance, have a question for the App Store Review team, or simply want to understand a bit more about a technology, WWDC developer labs are a great opportunity to connect one-on-one with Apple engineers, designers, and specialists.

Explore developer labs at WWDC22

Digital Lounges
Feel more comfortable asking questions of Apple engineers and designers in a community setting? Digital Lounges offer text-based group Q&As with engineering and design teams across more than 15 topics, all week long. These activities focus on answering general questions about the latest technologies and frameworks in addition to providing insights and best practices.

Digital Lounges are also a great place for community, featuring live text-based watch parties with the presenters, conversations with engineering and design teams, and daily coding and design challenges.

Get the most out of Digital Lounges at WWDC22

Apple Developer Forums
The Apple Developer Forums are available all year long to engage with the developer community, share thoughts, and ask questions. During WWDC week, the forums have special tags to help you find the latest on new frameworks and APIs, and discuss your thoughts with the community.

Discover the Apple Developer forums

Challenge yourself

Want to experiment with the latest frameworks or explore a new design concept? Coding and design challenges are returning for WWDC22!

Browse daily challenges in the Developer app or on, and join all-day Study Halls in Digital Lounges to collaborate on projects with others and share your progress. Don’t forget to share your creations using #WWDC22Challenges!

Before WWDC22 begins, get inspired with some of the challenges from WWDC21:

Coding & Design Challenges

Dive into documentation

When WWDC begins, you’ll find the latest updates to documentation on the Apple Developer Documentation website, where you can learn more about recent API documentation, featured tutorials, and other development resources. The website also offers quick links to the latest sample code, new technologies announced at WWDC, and the latest release notes to help you find out about known issues and workarounds for Apple platforms and tools.

Apple Developer Documentation

Get beta ready

With exciting updates to Apple tools, technologies, and platforms right around the corner, take the time now to re-familiarize yourself with a few tips and strategies for working with beta software, filing great bug reports, and enhancing those reports with debug profiles and logging.

How to test your app on beta software

How to file great bug reports

Enhance bug reports with debug profiles and logging

Learn more about Feedback Assistant

Get ready for App Store sessions – News

Connect with Apple experts through online sessions February 15 to March 29 to learn about the latest App Store features and get your questions answered. Find out how to create product pages that resonate best with the people you’d like to reach, provide great subscription experiences, distribute custom offer codes, and promote your in-app events. Register today if you’re a member of the Apple Developer Program.

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Get ready for WWDC21 – Discover

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There’s so much to explore and learn during WWDC21: It’s nice to have a place to start. We’ve put together a few resources we know will be useful for the week ahead.

Don’t miss the Keynote and Platforms State of the Union

WWDC21 kicks off on Monday, June 7 at 10 a.m. PDT with an in-depth look at the future of Apple platforms. Later that day, catch the Platforms State of the Union at 2 p.m. PDT and dive deep into the latest tools, technologies, and advances.

Meet pavilions

After the Keynote, visit the WWDC tab in the Developer app to take a peek at what’s in store for you this week. Browse a full list of all sessions, labs, and special activities, or — new for 2021 — check out the WWDC pavilions. Within a pavilion, you can browse a customized schedule for sessions and labs within that area, discover daily featured content, participate in coding challenges, explore activities and session collections, and find related documentation.

There are more than 200 sessions, technology and design labs, special activities, and so much more arriving throughout the week. Bookmark sessions you’re interested in and sign up for labs directly within the app. Don’t want to miss a thing? Make sure you’ve signed up for WWDC notifications, available on both iOS and Mac.

Connect in the labs, lounges, and forums with Apple engineers and designers

Members of the Apple Developer Program, Apple Developer Enterprise Program, or 2021 Swift Student Challenge winners can request a lab appointment with an Apple specialist, engineer, or designer for one-on-one guidance and conversation. You can explore the entire labs schedule on the WWDC tab or within a specific pavilion, request appointments directly within the app, and manage your schedule.

You can also connect with Apple engineers and designers around select topics in the Digital Lounges. Hosted by the Developer Tools, SwiftUI, Accessibility, and Machine Learning teams, the lounges invite you to participate in text-based discussions, ask questions about the latest technologies, get help with coding challenges, meet presenters, and more. Space is limited. Sign-ups are open now and available to members of the Apple Developer Program, Apple Developer Enterprise Program, or 2021 Swift Student Challenge winners.

And you can always ask questions about the latest technologies on the Apple Developer Forums.

Explore developer labs at WWDC21

Discover the Apple Developer forums

Sign up for Digital Lounges

Read developer documentation

Check out the latest sample code projects, API reference and article updates, and more on the Developer Documentation website. Explore the latest updates to Apple frameworks on the Technologies page, check out the Human Interface Guidelines, and get a primer on interface resources that integrate beautifully with Apple platforms.

Explore featured developer documentation

Explore developer documentation technologies

Explore WWDC20 sample code

Download developer betas

Itching to explore the latest developer betas for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, Xcode, and more? Starting Monday, anyone with an active Apple Developer account can visit after the Keynote for download links and more.

Beta Software Downloads

Learn more about Feedback Assistant

How to file great bug reports

Enhance bug reports with debug profiles and logging

How to test your app on beta software

Explore what’s new

While there are many great sessions that cover all the latest technologies and frameworks in detail during WWDC week, for a broader view of our platforms and technologies — as well as release notes for each platform — be sure to check out