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Yesterday at Apple’s WWDC 2014 keynote, Epic Games showed off Zen Garden, a demo that was created using Metal and Unreal Engine 4. The scene was built in order to demonstrate dynamic scenes and huge vistas using both technologies, and can be seen in the keynote if you skip to around the 99 minute mark.

Zen Garden will be available on the App Store after iOS8’s public release this Fall, with further details set to be announced in a live stream on Twitch this Thursday. Metal will be introduced into Unreal Engine 4 “at an appropriate time” after beta NDAs for it have been lifted.

Zen Garden

Apple has announced some interesting updates to the App Store over at the WWDC keynote today, which both developers and customers alike will enjoy the sound of.

App bundles are set to be introduced in iOS8, allowing users to buy multiple apps at the same time at a discounted price. Preview videos are also set to be added for apps alongside the already-familiar screenshots. Finally, the beta-testing service Test Flight is set to become official, making it easier for devs to invite users to break test their upcoming apps.

These changes to the App Store will arrive in iOS8, which is available in beta form now.


Just before the WWDC 2014 conference wrapped up with Tim Cook giving a shout-out to all of his homies in the Apple community (not to be confused with Craig Federighi’s on-stage chat with his homie Dr. Dre), we received yet another ambiguous release date.

Those lucky enough to be in attendance at WWDC will have access to the iOS 8 beta (download here) starting today. The rest of us lowly proles down in the salt mines are going to have to wait until this Fall to get our hands on all of the new features.

Thankfully, it doesn’t look like Apple is going to make the new experience too heavy as they showed that iOS 8 will run on a variety of hardware, ranging from iPhone 4s all the way up to the current models. Check the screenshot below for a full list.


Apple has just announced an upcoming new developer API named Metal.

Metal serves as a firmware layer that allows for developers to have better access to hardware components. It mostly replaces OpenGL. According to Apple, metal allows for 10 times faster draw call rate, can display 1.3 million triangles on screen at once, and add effects like depth-of-field.


During Apple’s WWDC keynote today, it was announced that Touch ID (that fingerprint sensor) will allow for third party developer support. Which basically means that we can expect a lot more apps and maybe even games that make use of the extra sensor.

It’s an interesting prospect when you think about it. If nothing else, those weird fingerprint scanning moments in games might actually scan fingerprints!


I have to admit, when Siri was first announced for iOS, I was intrigued. While she’s not an AI by any stretch, it’s difficult not to grow a little attached to her. I find myself even keying the mic again to say “thank you” after I have her set my alarm for me.

Well, now it looks like everyone’s favorite personal assistant is getting a little better, as WWDC just announced a few new features for Siri. iOS 8 will allow Siri to be triggered hands-free using the command phrase “Hey Siri.” She can also recognize songs via integration from Shazam and even purchase said content directly from iTunes, making it easier than ever to own that new song you just fell in love with. Finally, she can also handle dictation in 22 new languages.


At WWDC, Apple has announced QuickType for iOS8: a new feature that’ll provide content sensitive next word suggestions to users. For example, if a user is replying to a message about going out for a movie or dinner, ‘movie’ and ‘dinner’ could be suggested as words to use. QuickType will also learn how you type and will provide suggestions based on that, meaning that words like ‘epic’ and ‘awesome’ are more likely to be suggested if you commonly use those words. International users will also be happy to learn that QuickType will work in multiple different languages, not just English.

QuickType will make its début in iOS8 when it releases.


Apple just announced the upcoming release of is health-monitoring HealthKit service for iPhone and iPad devices.

HealthKit will come with iOS 8, and will be able to import relevant data from compatible apps to create data that can be shared with health professionals and used with third party monitoring devices. Users will be able to control which apps get access to specific pieces of information.

Apple also notes that it is working with Nike and Mayo Clinic on HealthKit. Mayo Clinic Chief Dr John Noseworthy says, “We believe Apple’s HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people. We are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative technology with the Mayo Clinic app.”


More new iOS 8 features are rolling out of the WWDC conference today in the Bay Area. Messages, touted by the Apple execs on stage as being THE most used iOS app of all time, is getting some cool new changes.

Users will be able to record voice messages by holding down on the mic icon, swiping up, recording their message, then swiping back down when finished. These audio clips will get dropped right into the ongoing conversation. Video clips can be recorded and shared in similar fashion, turning boring old text messaging into a richer audiovisual experience.

To save on storage space on the device, these messages will typically self-destruct after about 2 minutes, sort of like a supercharged Snapchat. However, this is optional and users can change the timer or turn it off altogether.


At the 2014 WWDC conference, Apple’s Senior VP of Software Development, Craig Federighi, introduced a couple of new features to the upcoming iOS 8: interactive notifications and frequent contacts.

Now users will be able to deal with incoming notifications directly from the lock screen without having to actually drop into the phone itself. Like a Facebook post or a response to a text.

Also announced was another new iOS tweak involving the double-tap of the Home button. Ordinarily, this brings up a swipe-able list of apps recently opened or used. Now, at the top of the list of apps, will be a bar showing a list of the contacts you most frequently interact with. Tapping on them will open a submenu allowing you to access standard contact interactions like making a voice or Face Time call, or sending a text.


Apple has just introduced a new service called “Handoff” at the ongoing World-Wide Developer Conference Keynote. The new service ties in with similar Continuity features like Airplay, and allows Macs and iOS devices to integrate even further when, for instance, working on a document.

It’s all part of the drive towards the concept of continuity that is part of the new OS Yosemite, which will be available this Fall for free.


A Swarm Forms Around Hive’s WWDC Week Sale

Posted by on June 2nd, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Have you ever heard of a boardless board game? Though the concept may seem a smidgen crazy, that hasn’t stopped the insect-inspired tile game Hive from not only succeeding in physical form, but also making the jump to iOS back in 2012.

Well just in time for WWDC, developer Gen42 Games has announced that they are treating the $0.99 price point to a heavy dose of insecticide, resulting in a temporary free price cut. Get on this while you can, because this swarm will only be around for a limited time.

Hive2 Hive1

Apple has announced the time and location for this year’s Wordwide Developer Conference, which is scheduled to be held from June 2 through June 6 in San Francisco, California. Interested parties can also apply for tickets starting today through April 7, 2014.

WWDC is a well-regarded conference that gives developers insight into the future of OS X and iOS, as well as giving them the tools to create apps for these systems. The conference looks to present plenty of technical sessions and more than a 1000 Apple engineers, as well as design awards for apps from the past year.

“We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.”

Tickets will be assigned via random selection, there are also opportunities for students to enter for free tickets.


The Portable Podcast, Episode 190

TPPTwitter_WebFlatter than ever!

In This Episode:

Carter and co-host Brett Nolan talk about the big announcements from WWDC, including iOS 7. Will it be a huge change to iOS? As well, the announcement of MFi gamepad support in iOS is discussed – will it herald major things for iOS gaming in the near future?

Episode Cast:


How to Listen:

2012 ADA Winners Announced at WWDC

The ADAs, as the Apple Design Awards are known, were presented for the 16th year at yesterday’s WWDC. The winners are those whose interface best exemplified the innovation the Cupertino elite hope to see on their platforms. Along with the honor and an inevitable boost in sales, winners receive a actual physical award complete with glowing Apple logo. This year there were three categories dedicated to iOS. Three apps were chosen for iPhone and iPad respectively and two student-developped apps were honored as well. We’re got the list for you below, but if you think Apple missed a great choice let us know in the comments.

iPhone Winners

Jetpack Joyride
Company: Halfbrick Studios

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-09-01 :: Category: Games

National Parks by National Geographic
Company: National Geographic Society / Rally Interactive
Based: USA

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-19 :: Category: Travel

Where’s My Water
Compnay Disney Interactive
Based: USA

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-09-22 :: Category: Games

iPad Winners

Paper by Fifty Three
Company: FiftyThree Inc
Based: USA

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-03-29 :: Category: Productivity

Bobo Explores Light
Company: GameCollage
Based: USA

DM1 – The Drum Machine
Company: Fingerlab

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-07-06 :: Category: Music

Student Winners

DaWindci (iPad)
Company: Reality Twist GmbH, Mimimi Productions, Mediadesign
Highschool of Applied Sciences

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-04-14 :: Category: Games

Little Star (iPad)
Company: BiBoBox Studio, Dalian Nationalities University
Based: CHINA

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-06-16 :: Category: Books

Apple to Unveil iOS 6 and More Today

What could be one of the biggest Apple reveals of the year is about to start and we’ll be there live tweeting the best of the best. We’ll also have a post up with our thoughts on the announcements after the announcement.

What will we see today? The only thing we know for sure is we will see iOS 6. Apple, rather uncharacteristically revealed that with a banner that greets everyone that enters Moscone West today.

If you want to follow along live, we suggest MacRumors and GDGT. They seem to have the most robust live blogs on a regular basis.

Then check back here for our analysis of the announcements later today.

Bring on iOS 6!

The Portable Podcast, Episode 89

Round and round and round and roundtable!

On This Episode:

  • Carter and several iOS developers get together to discuss iOS5 and what the new features mean for the future of development on iOS.
  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Colin Walsh, Celsius Game Studios
  • Guest: Gavin Bowman, Retro Dreamer
  • Guest: Peter Babiy, Strapped to a Meteor Studios
  • Contact The Show: Email | Twitter


  • “Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)” by The Eternal – Download on iTunes here:
  • “Nanocarp” by The Eternal
  • How to Listen:

  • Click Here to Subscribe in iTunes:
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  • Listen on WRGT Radio every Friday at 4pm Central
  • Listen Here:
  • Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2010-12-14 :: Category: Games

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2011-06-01 :: Category: Games

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2008-08-21 :: Category: News

    With our heads in the clouds…

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and guest co-host Brett Nolan discuss Apple’s WWDC conference, particularly the iOS 5 and iCloud announcements. They discuss how the features connect in particular to games, especially game progress and cloud-based saving possibilities in iOS 5 with iCloud.
  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Brett Nolan,
  • Contact The Show: Email | Twitter


  • “Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)” by The Eternal – Download on iTunes here:
  • “Nanocarp” by The Eternal
  • How to Listen:

  • Click Here to Subscribe in iTunes:
  • Click Here to Subscribe via RSS.
  • Listen on WRGT Radio every Friday at 4pm Central
  • Listen Here:
  • It’s that time of year again, WWDC is rapidly approaching. While we the rumors are that we won’t see a new iPhone this year, nothing is official yet. What we hope we’ll see is a major technological leap in iOS 5. Personally I’m expecting it to be the biggest new OS, feature wise, we’ve ever seen for iOS.

    Will Steve Jobs give the keynote? Will there even be a keynote? We’ll know all, or at least most of this, in just a little over a week.

    Meet with 148Apps
    But if you are a developer and you are at WWDC and have a new iOS game or app you’d like to show off, we’d love to see it. To schedule a meeting, just send a message to me at jeff.scott at this domain and we can set something up.

    Parties are always big at WWDC. This year looks to be no exception. One plus we have this year is JDMdesign have created an iOS application to track all of the parties during the week. Grab it to keep track of the parties each night.

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Released: 2011-05-13 :: Category: Social Networking

    Future / Canvas
    Also starting the week of WWDC is the second Future/Canvas iPad art exhibit. This fantastic exhibit of iPad created art and generative art applications was a smash hit last year. This year it looks to be greatly expanded. Starting with the opening night party on June 6th, through 23rd of June. This is absolutely not to be missed!

    While I’ll be attending the keynote on Monday morning, at the “center of the app universe”, but we’re not going to live blog it. We’ve tried to give you live coverage of the keynotes in the past, but lets face it, others do it so much better. They take a team and just kick butt doing it. Here are a few tips on where you can follow along with the keynote live. Who does it well and who does it in ways they shouldn’t do it.

    First, without a doubt, Ryan Block and gdgt cover it better than anyone else. Their servers rarely have problem with the load, and they post lots of great pictures. They must be really fast typers. [ watch it here: gdgt live ]

    Other live sources include the usual spots: Engadget, MacRumors, Gizmodo(oops!), Ars Technica, TechCrunch.

    Then there are other sources that give you good commentary and not just recite what is going on. One such source is Jim Dalrymple at The Loop. Watch there for some insightful thoughts.

    In addition to the places above, if you really want to see or hear it or maybe even see it live, there are some pleces you can look. First, search Twitter for keynote stream or something similar and see if anyone is posting a link to a live stream of the event. While Apple doesn’t allow it, it’s impossible to stop. Someone in the audience of thousands will have a stream up on UStream, Qik, or one of the other live streaming services. Search those services to see what is popular at the moment and you’ll likely bump into one.

    After the keynote is over, and we’ve had some time to digest it, we’ll be posting a summary of the announcements along with our take on them. Look for that late in the day, following the keynote.

    If I can get a connection, I may post some images and notes to our Twitter stream during the event. But no guarantees on that. This should be an exciting day, let’s get going!

    Apple (finally) Announces WWDC Dates

    Picture 5Just 40 days before the start of WWDC, Apple has finally announced the dates for WWDC, their annual developer conference. And there are some major changes this year.

    WWDC will be held in San Francisco, at Moscone Convention Center West from June 7th-11th. The ticket price has risen this year to $1599 and are available through the Apple Developer portal.

    The big changes this year are a definite slant toward the iPhone OS and the iPhone/iPad devices. Last year, sessions were split between Mac OS, Enterprise IT and iPhone OS sessions. This year there’s hardly anything but iPhone OS. Though a few of the sessions do apply to Enterprise IT, they are iPhone focused.


    4Q Interview: Gameloft – Rogue Planet

    gameloft-logoWe first saw Agharta’s Rogue Planet at WWDC, but then it vanished into thin air. What was once expected to be a July release soon became a question mark, but behind the scenes, Agharta and Gameloft were getting together to make Rogue Planet all that it could be. Well now that the possibly soon to be classic turn based strategy game is soon to be released, we talked to Aurelien Kerbeci, CEO of Agharta Studios, about the game and and all the buzz around it. Enjoy the interview!
    Continue reading 4Q Interview: Gameloft – Rogue Planet »

    On the second night of it’s 2009 World Wide Developer Conference, Apple announced the winners of the this years Apple Design Awards. The winners are split amongst the Mac and iPhone applications submitted by their developers for the competition. Winning applications are considered to be the pinnacle of design and user experience and recognize technical excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement. This year’s iPhone application winners along with their award descriptions are:

    iPhone Developer Showcase At Bat 2009 version 1.0.1 from (app info)

    MLB At Bat 2009 is an innovative, highly connected app that sets a great standard for all other iPhone sports apps to follow.

    At Bat 2009 is the fastest, most detailed way to follow baseball on an iPhone or iPod touch. Users can listen live to every regular and postseason game with no blackout restrictions, see real-time scores, play highlights, and stream audio of all games At Bat 2009 uses MediaPlayer for in-game video highlights, AudioToolbox for streaming audio, QuartzCore, CoreGraphics, UIKit, and Core Animation to optimize the user experience, SQLite for data caching and tracking video view history, and SystemConfiguration for reach-ability.

    Postage version 1.0.1 from Rogue Sheep (app info)

    Postage sets a new standard for attractiveness and ease of use in an iPhone app.

    With Postage you create and send beautiful, personalized digital postcards using the built-in camera and Photo Library. Core Animation provides smooth transitions and eye-catching effects while Quartz provides high quality graphics, effects, and text display. With 3G/Edge/Wi-Fi networking, you have connectivity virtually everywhere. And you can easily select recipients of your Postage postcards with Address Book integration.

    Topple 2 version 1.1 from ngmoco:) (app info)

    Topple 2 is an ideal model for excellent iPhone game and game sequel design, technology adoption, performance, connectedness, and localization.

    Topple 2 combines the features of multitouch and the accelerometer to create a game about stacking blocks and keeping them from toppling over. Local WiFi multiplayer mode enables game play between two players, and a challenge mode where recorded sessions can be sent to others players via email, twitter or facebook. Localized for English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, Topple 2 uses multiple iPhone SDK technologies including UIKit, OpenGL ES, Bonjour, CFNetwork, Multi-Touch, Accelerometer, Email, and Twitter and Facebook integration.
    Continue reading Apple Announces iPhone Winners of the Apple Design Awards »

    We’ll be blogging live from the 2009 WWDC Keynote (come on new iPhone!). Powered by Friendfeed, you can watch the news here, or head on over directly to our special group set up on Friendfeed: WWDC 2009 Keynote Group. If you have a Friendfeed account you can comment and join in on the conversation.

    Continue reading Liveblog from the 2009 WWDC Keynote »

    nextiphoneCome Monday morning at 10am Pacific time, Phil Schiller will hit the stage at WWDC to put and end to all of the rumors about the next iPhone. We hope so anyway. I hope that a new iPhone, or maybe multiple iPhones, will be unveiled then. We know that at least OS 3.0 will be discussed heavily.

    What features will the next iPhone have? Higher resolution camera? Video capabilities? More memory? There are so many rumors that it’s hard to keep up. There have been a few very interesting and convincing looking rumors the last couple days.

    We’ll also, hopefully, get some more details on OS 3.0 and it’s release date.

    I’ll be at the keynote on Monday and I’ll try to tweet the major announcements to our Twitter stream (@148apps). If Twitter fails under the load, we’ll move over to our Friendfeed stream. Scratch all that. After further testing, I think the best option is going to be a special FriendFeed group, set up and ready to go with details right here.

    You can still get in on our Design The Next iPhone Contest with some great prizes from Griffin Technology. The first prize is valued at an amazing $210. Hurry up though, the entries close at 9am on Monday!

    This should be a good keynote!

    nextiphoneI think we’re all expecting (and hoping) a new iPhone will be announced at the keynote presentation at WWDC in a few weeks. But the rumors as to what features that iPhone will have are all over the place.

    Starting today and through the morning of the keynote, we invite you to guess what the features of the next iPhone will be. The three people with the top scores overall will win some great prizes from Griffin Technology with a total retail value of over $250!

    Here’s how the contest will work. We’ve gathered a bunch of the rumors we’ve heard and read about the new iPhone and put them in a pick list and assigned points to each based on how unlikely we think each feature is. To enter the contest, you guess which ones are correct. You will get points for each correct feature you guess and lose the points listed for each incorrect feature you choose.

    Read on for the full list of prizes and more on how to enter.

    Continue reading Design The Next iPhone Contest – Enter Now! »

    The next few weeks are going to be exciting for the iPhone community. First up we have E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo in LA. This huge video game conference is where all of the great hardware and games get announced for the year. While the iPhone isn’t going to play a major role in this show, it will likely make a larger showing than any other mobile phone has in the past. We’ll be reporting from the show any fantastic things we come across.

    picture-18The week following that, WWDC will be in San Francisco. This yearly developers conference hosted by Apple is where all the big iPhone news comes out. Or at least it has in the past. While rumors are mixed, we could see the release of the 3.0 OS, and maybe even a new iPhone or two. We’ll keep you posted.

    idu-small148Apps will be a sponsor the the second iPhone Developers Union meet up at WWDC. The event will be held at Jillians in the Metreon on Monday night, June 8th at 7pm. For more information, see the @iPhoneDevUnion Twitter stream.

    If you’re an iPhone developer, we’d love to meet up with you at either conference and see what you are working on. Just let us know what time is good for you. Send us an email or hit us up on Twitter.


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