It appears Apple has been making changes a little too quickly lately. Their sudden changes to the app submission filters gave heartburn to many iOS developers, including yours truly. And then just today, they pulled iOS 8.0.1, their minor update to iOS 8, on the same day they released it.
Of course, Apple changed a number of things with iOS 8 that have affected iOS app development. We’ve been tracking these and wanted to give you a summary of the known issues in Corona and their status.
Starting in the most recent public build, all Corona developers can now opt to use two new widget themes in their projects. These new themes are styled after the Android “Holo Light” and “Holo Dark” themes which are commonly found on Android devices running recent versions of the OS.
A few weeks ago, we introduced the beta of CoronaViewer for iOS. (If you haven’t seen this yet, check out the video in the original CoronaViewer post.)
Now, we are making a beta available for Android as well. Previously, you could preview your project on multiple devices for a single OS, e.g. iPhone and iPad. Now you’ll be able to preview your app across multiple OS’s and multiple devices — simultaneously!
One of the things app developers love about Corona is the fast iteration.
Today, we’re taking that one step further with CoronaViewer – edit your project from your desktop and preview them right away on your device!
Today, we have a new update to our visual editor Composer GUI, available in daily build 2014.2332.
This update makes significant improvements over the previous beta. We’ve focused on polishing the existing feature set as well as improve your workflow.
Apple quietly posted this announcement requiring all iOS developers to “Build Your Apps With Xcode 5.1.1″. Apple enforces this when you try to upload your binary to the iTunes App Store:
ERROR ITMS-9000: “This bundle is invalid. New apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with public (GM) versions of XCode 5.1.1 or higher and iOS 7 SDK. Do not submit apps built with beta software.”
Today, we’ve addressed this in the last public release (2189). Just rebuild and submit. You can also use daily builds 2306 or later.
Starting in daily build 2014.2277, we are changing the minimum supported version on iOS from 5.1 to 6. This means that if you do a device build with 2014.2277 (or later), your app will not run on a device whose version is below iOS 6.
This change is needed to move our iOS architecture forward, and finally pay off technical debt that has been accumulating for nearly 18 months, which is an eternity in the mobile space.
We are very pleased to announce support for Particle Designer 2.0, one of the best particle effects editors in the market. Used by major mobile studios and indie developers alike, Particle Designer features 48 fully-configurable properties, multiple emitters, realtime preview, and more.
We think yesterday’s announcement of CoronaCards is a game changer. It changes the equation. Instead of a choice, it’s all of the above — you get to leverage Corona technology in any existing native app!
This may be hard to believe, but today, I want to give you a taste of something that’s even more exciting.
We are extremely excited about our new product: CoronaCards. Take the power and ease of use of Corona to any native app!