This morning I wanted to push out a quick update for our Bond Tracker App, featuring that funky search function I’ve been working on. Sadly however, a few days ago someone extremely nasty hacked into the Apple Developer website and caused some havoc. Nothing bad really happened, but it was enough for Apple to close down the site and do some in-depth maintenance work.
For developers this means that we are severely limited in regards to updating apps, creating new ones and doing all those other scary things we have to do from time to make apps work on your devices.
Had it been a straightforward update I could have submitted The New Bond (Version 1.3), but it wasn’t that simple. We’ve previously been trading as a UK company, but since March we are a US based company all our developer profiles have changed in July. I can’t currently download the new ones because of the site outage, and the old ones are no longer valid.
This means that all I can give you right now is a screenshot of what the update would potentially look like:
Soon you’ll be able to search for a title or a year and get a sectioned list of results in a separate view. It’s like totally awesome and everything. I’ll submit the update as soon as Apple Developer is back up and running.
In the meantime, take a look at these news reports about what’s happened to the Apple Developer website. It’s not pretty, but I’m sure they’re doing everything they can to fix the problem and prevent future attacks.
- The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jul/26/apple-developer-site-hack
- CNET: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57595610-37/extended-apple-downtime-leaves-some-developers-in-limbo/
- CNN: http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/gigaom/articles/2013_07_25_apple_slowly_bringing_developer_services_back_online.html
- Apple Developer Live System Status Website