Taking The Mystery Out Of SDKs With Open Source via TechCrunch

Without extensive investigation, you won’t be able to know exactly what the precompiled SDKs are up to in your app. It’s exceedingly easy to wire a binary black box SDK in such a way that you, as the developer, would never know what’s going on inside.

Source: Taking The Mystery Out Of SDKs With Open Source via TechCrunch

I’ve often wondered if I am a little to trusting with some SDKs I’ve used over the years in iOS apps. I’ve never had an issue, but in the case of precompiled SDKs, without monitoring all my network communications, I really wouldn’t know if there was anything questionable going on.

More and more though, using CocoaPods for instance, I have noticed that the code is not always compiled, allowing for easier introspection into what is going on in code you are trusting inside your app.

This article has me thinking about what I am using with a bit more scrutiny going forward.

Apple To Release New Apple TV In September, Report Says via TechCrunch

Finally, Apple should release an SDK as well as a dedicated App Store for the TV. It would bring the Apple TV up to par with Android TV and make the device much more powerful. Even if Apple doesn’t launch its streaming service at the same time, third-party developers could start developing for the new device right away before the Apple TV becomes a must-have.

Source: Apple To Release New Apple TV In September, Report Says via TechCrunch

I’ve been hoping and waiting for the Apple TV ecosystem to expand and allow custom application development to take place. I really believe that a new Apple TV SDK opens the next door of innovation for blurring the lines between computers and televisions.

Granted, there are a lot of products and companies who have already been working on this type of crossover for some time, but since I’m all-in on the whole Apple ecosystem, this is the one I’ve been waiting for.

At the moment, I’m not really concerned with what the rumors and specifications are said to be. Just opening the door to integration between television and computing leads to a whole new generation of apps.

I’m particularly interested in what opportunities will arise for educational and training apps. So much of the tech training I go through these days is video-based, or at least has a video element to it, that being able to watch training on a TV would grab my attention. Being able to go through training, away from my desk, with my iPad as a companion to work in conjunction with an Apple TV app (note taking, scheduling, building personal lesson plans) is very appealing. If nothing else, it’s a potential app idea…