Xcode 5 GM Seed: The Final Compatibility Check

xcodeYesterday we were given the Xcode 5 GM Seed. This is the final version of our new iOS development tool before it is released to the public together with the new iPhone 5 models later this month.

This version is the first one that can submit iOS 7 apps to the app store, and deploy apps to older versions of iOS too. Beta versions prior to the GM Seed can only deploy apps to iOS Beta Devices, which means for us that testing is limited and does not give us a “real world” picture of how our apps will perform.

Right now, we’re not only dealing with making our apps compatible with a new version of iOS and new iPhone devices; we also need to learn a severely altered development tool to do this – an exercise us content creators could gladly live without.

The first thing I’ve noticed with our apps is that the cancel button in the search feature no longer works. You can still execute a search, and navigate to the results, but when you’re done and click “cancel” nothing happens.

iOS 7 has a new “swipe down from the middle of the screen” feature which allows to cancel out of the search view. Good to know there’s a last resort – but really, we want to make that cancel button do what it says.

I’m currently investigating how to best tackle a solution to this mystery. I’ll probably implement a version check which means that our apps will perform as they are on iOS 6 and prior, and (hopefully) with a working cancel button on iOS 7.

We only have a few days left before iOS 7 is released on the 18th of September. I’ll keep you posted 😉

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