Apple has released Xcode 14.3 to developers, which includes the latest SDKs for iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, tvOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4, and macOS Ventura 13.3.
Xcode enables developers to create apps for Apple platforms such as iOS, macOS, and watchOS. This update allows developers to create apps that are fully compatible with the latest operating systems from Apple.
Apple recently warned that developers will be required to use Xcode 14.1 or later to build and submit their apps to the App Store, starting on April 25th 2023. This rule applies to new submissions and updates for existing apps in the store.
If you are a developer who still has Xcode 14.3 beta installed, it is highly recommended that you download today’s official release. Apple also “highly recommends” developers update their apps to take advantage of the latest features available with iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.
iOS 16.4 packs new features including dozens of new emojis, notifications for web apps, voice isolation for cellular calls, improved VoiceOver support, optimisations for the ‘Crash Detection’ feature to prevent false emergency service calls, and support for 5G Standalone.
Previously released features as part of iOS 16 include Live Activities – allowing users to stay informed about real-time updates within your app, directly from the Lock Screen or Dynamic Island – App Intents, and upgrades to MapKit, ARKit, Core ML, and more.
iPadOS 16 introduced new productivity features that enable the creation of more compelling collaboration experiences and intuitive apps, as well as powerful pro workflows on iPad. Developers can incorporate desktop-level features, including an editor-style navigation bar, enhanced text editing menu, and external display support, into their iPad apps. Metal 3 also provides powerful capabilities that enable games and pro apps to fully leverage the potential of Apple silicon.
watchOS 9 offers new and powerful communication capabilities for smartwatch apps, including the ability to deliver timely information through rich complications on more Apple Watch faces, share app content, enable VoIP calling directly from Apple Watch, and more. Furthermore, the simplified watchOS app structure makes project management easier than ever.
Xcode 14.3 is available for free on the Mac App Store and requires macOS Monterey 12.5 or later. Developers can also download the latest version of Xcode by going to the Apple Developer website here.
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