News & Views

  • Will Apple Announce an AR Headset?

    September 18, 2019

    We have already established that augmented reality (AR) is more than a gimmick. Still, over the course of the last two years, the technology hasn’t yet made an impact on our daily lives. Even though it is clear that Apple and Google have still clearly been investing heavily in the space, we can’t deny the awkwardness of some of the interactions. In my experience using AR apps and games, I have been left frustrated by the limitations of the technology, as evidenced by the clunkiness of current interactions, as though your device must serve as a new age magnifying glass.

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  • Why Companies Should Care About Apple's WWDC 2019 Announcements

    June 11, 2019

    It’s easy to understand why all eyes were on this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, with Apple introducing feature after feature over the course of a two and a half hour event. It’s a chance for thousands of coders and creatives to gather together to learn what’s coming up next in tech.

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  • The Future of Apple CarPlay

    December 13, 2018

    I love my Apple Carplay. It’s one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you experienced it.

    Apple CarPlay solves one important thing: Digital car dashboards from car manufacturers are beyond horrible. From playing music, navigation, and bluetooth calling, every aspect of the experience leaves a lot to be desired. Use it once and you’ll most likely never use it again.

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  • Augmented Reality - Much More Than a Gimmick

    October 31, 2017

    Perhaps the most significant announcement from the 2017 WWDC was Apple's new Augmented Reality framework, ARKit. New to iOS 11, ARKit allows you to easily create augmented reality experiences for the iPhone and iPad. It takes app experiences beyond the screen, allowing people to interact with the real world in entirely new ways.

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  • Upcoming Changes to App Store Reviews

    March 25, 2017

    Update: With the release of iOS 10.3 to the public, Apple has provided documentation on how to manage and respond to users on the App Store.

    iOS 10.3 is shaping up to be a significant update and we here at Vokal want to specifically address the updates to the iOS App Store review platform. We want to help you understand what the changes entail, what the impacts are and how to best leverage the change to positively impact your product.

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  • Life in the Fastlane

    January 26, 2017

    The engineering teams here at Vokal are constantly tweaking and refining our process and tools to ensure that we’re reliably and efficiently producing our best possible work. On the iOS team, this includes ongoing improvement to our continuous build server implementation on Travis.

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  • Open Sourcing Our Xcode Project Templates

    October 29, 2016

    Every app we build is unique, but best practices should be consistent between projects. Here on Vokal’s iOS team, we’ve been baking more and more of those best practices into a template we use for starting any new project.

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  • Apple September Event Takeaways

    September 08, 2016

    It’s like Christmas in September for the many fans of Apple products. There was a wealth of topics covered at the event this Wednesday - from new iterations of the iPhone and Apple Watch, to App Store releases and enhanced developer APIs. Here is our round-up of some key takeaways from Apple's September 7th media event:

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  • Swift: Open to Everyone

    August 14, 2016

    I’m a junior iOS Engineer at Vokal with only one year of software engineering under my belt, but even without a lot of experience, I was able to contribute to Swift 3 because of the incredibly helpful iOS community. If you are having trouble getting started on contributing, all you have to do is ask for help. The hardest part about contributing to Swift was not actually implementing the task, it was getting started.

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  • WWDC Keynote Recap

    June 18, 2016

    Last week was the annual Apple WWDC keynote address, and it was a big week for us all! We learned about upcoming releases for all four major platforms: watchOS, tvOS, macOS, and iOS. As with every WWDC keynote, there are a number of important announcements - check out our recap and opinions on the top points for each platform.

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