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ICYMI: Highlights from WWDC Day 2

by stacy

We have arrived at the most delightful time of the year: the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (Worldwide Developers Conference). This year’s event had a unique twist because of the current health crisis: instead of selling tickets at a high price, the 2020 edition was aired solely online and free of charge instead.

So, from the comfort of our own homes, we prepared five days’ worth of popcorn, snatched up a pen and paper, and began to work on our lessons.

Just in case you missed it, here’s a recap of the first day. The next section will summarise the most important insights from Day 2 of WWDC.

Introducing: WidgetKit

Widgets were a bit of an afterthought in prior versions of the iOS operating system. They could only be accessed through the “Today’s Extension” module and did not provide any options for customizing the home screen’s appearance. Following the release of iOS 14, on the other hand, they’ll be taking the lead.

As a result of WidgetKit, users may customize their home screens with widgets that are significantly more sophisticated and customizable than they have ever been before. They can be static or intent-based, and they can incorporate scrolling, photos, and videos among other things.

Weather updates, live calendars, music players, and other features will be displayed alongside users’ app tiles as a result. Finally!

Say hello to App Clips

It is anticipated that App Clips would be extremely successful in a world where speed is valued beyond virtually everything else. This feature, similar to a little flavor sample at an ice cream parlor, introduces users to a relevant “clip” of a mobile app rather than urging them to download the entire app.

Paying for parking, renting a community bicycle, learning more about a product you recently purchased, and ordering meals from a Maps location are all examples of possible applications. Because the feature works in conjunction with Apple Pay, you’ll never have to fiddle with your credit card again.

Instead of taking up space on the home screen after a time of inactivity, App Clips will disappear after a period of inactivity. When a user downloads and installs the full version of an app, developers can sync the data from the App Clip experience with the app’s database.

How to configure and link an App Clip

App Clips can be launched through NFC tag, QR code, Siri Nearby Suggestions, maps location cards, Smart App banner on Safari, and links provided through Messenger for the time being. Later this year, Apple will also introduce their dedicated symbol – known as an App Clip “code” – that will function similarly to the QR code.

A parent application is required for app clips, which are developed similarly to apps (like an action extension). Make sure you include all of the relevant information with your application for consideration.

The latest from App Store Connect

Now that App Clips have arrived on the scene, App Store Connect will allow you to beta test them: during beta testing, you will be able to add up to three “App Clip Invocation” URLs to your app.

There is a specific section in the new App Store Connect where you can fill up the default metadata for each clip. Advanced App Clip Experiences, on the other hand, allows you to insert custom text for specific invocation methods like Maps, NFC, and QR codes using custom text.

There is some fun to be had at WWDC as well: new features in the Game Center, such as “challenges” between players and “recurring leaderboards,” are among the highlights of the conference.

It has also been possible to share subscriptions with family members for both Auto Renewables and Non-Consumables, and the App Store Connect API will provide APIs for metadata, power and performance metrics, and diagnostics.

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