Developers: 5 free downloads to expand your Apple coding skills

If you’re not building iOS and macOS apps, you might be missing out on income. These downloads will help you master Swift, ARKit, and more.

Learning to develop Apple apps for iOS devices and Macs can be incredibly lucrative. TechRepublic sister site CNET reported that developers building Apple apps bring in 64% more earnings than their Android developer counterparts.

If you want to try to squeeze more cash from your development time, these free PDF downloads from TechRepublic will help developers of any skill level learn the basics about building apps for Apple devices.

The world is going mobile, and so are a lot of companies that rely on apps to reach consumers or perform work. That means iOS developers are a hot commodity who can earn a lot in the right position. This guide on becoming an iOS developer will help those interested in a mobile development career learn what iOS developers do, how they do it, and the skills needed to become an in-demand Apple developer.

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Apple apps and operating systems were long built on a language called Objective-C, which is essentially the C programming language with added object-oriented features. Apple has since replaced Objective-C

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Apple MacBook Air 2020: Cheat sheet

The new Macbook Air is faster, but it’s the keyboard that will have Apple fans talking.

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic closing stores and putting life on hiatus for many around the world, Apple has revealed a new MacBook Air model that’s sure to give Apple fans something to be excited about while waiting for the worst to pass. The new MacBook Air replaces last year’s model, and while it looks practically identical (the only difference is 0.02″ of added height in the 2020 model), the graphics, storage, and processor are all upgraded.

Those new hardware features pale in comparison to the biggest change introduced in the 2020 MacBook Air: An all new keyboard design. Those who have been holding out hope for a true MacBook keyboard redesign have finally had their wishes answered.

Here is what business users need to know about the MacBook Air 2020. This article will be updated as new information is available about this Apple device.

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The $999 MacBook Air returns, with a catch

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Take a 2019 13-inch MacBook Air ($779 at Amazon). Now take the brand-new 2020 version. Put them next to each other and try to tell the two apart. You can’t; they’re identical. Until, that is, you open both lids. It’s a subtle thing, but if you look closely there’s a new look and feel to the keyboard. The flat, island-style keyboard is slightly raised on the new model versus the older one. 


  • New keyboard design is a huge improvement.
  • Double the starting storage.
  • Starting price back down to $999.

Don’t Like

  • The base model uses an Intel Core i3 CPU.
  • No changes to ports and connections.
  • Upgrading RAM is especially expensive.

That’s because this is Apple’s Magic Keyboard, a design first seen in the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro and based on the standalone Magic Keyboard for iMac ($1,649 at Amazon). It’s a big improvement on the long-suffering butterfly keyboard found in most Macs in recent years, which has been plagued by breakdowns and general consumer dissatisfaction. 

But the new keyboard is only the second-most interesting thing about the new MacBook Air. The biggest news is that it finally officially returns

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Coronavirus vaccines, treatments and chloroquine: Everything you need to know

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines.

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

COVID-19, the potentially fatal respiratory illness first detected in December 2019, has spread across the globe, forcing the cancellation of major events, postponing sports seasons, and sending many into self-imposed quarantine and self-isolation. Health authorities and governments are attempting to flatten the curve, mitigating the spread through the community, while scientists and biotech firms turn their attention to the coronavirus causing the disease: SARS-CoV-2.

Since it was first discovered as the causative agent of the new disease, scientists have been racing to get a better understanding of the virus’ genetic makeup, how it infects cells and how to effectively treat it. Currently there’s no cure, and medical specialists can only treat the symptoms of the disease. However, the long-term strategy to combat COVID-19, which has spread to every continent on Earth besides Antarctica, will be to develop a vaccine.

Developing new vaccines takes time, and they must be rigorously tested and confirmed safe via clinical trials before they can be routinely used in humans. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy

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Apple’s new MacBook Air and iPad Pro offer intriguing new features for business users

The new MacBook Air provides a better keyboard and more storage than its predecessor, while the latest iPad Pro adds a LIDAR scanner and trackpad support.

What business pros want from Apple’s new MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac Pros
It’s not too late for Apple to win back enterprise Mac users who are switching to Windows machines or low-cost Chromebooks, but it’s close.

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, Apple gave us a break from all the bad news to offer a bit of possible cheer for consumers. The company has updated its MacBook Air and iPad Pro with new features designed to appeal to a range of customers, both personally and professionally. But whether or not you already own a MacBook Air or iPad Pro, are the 2020 flavors worth buying to take advantage of the latest features? Let’s take a look.

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2020 MacBook Air

Apple has tweaked the MacBook Air with a lower starting price, more storage, quicker performance, and faster graphics from the 2019 model. Now starting at $999, or $899 for educational users, the Air comes with 256GB of storage (upgradeable to 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB), the latest 10th-generation

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Apple iPadOS: A cheat sheet

Apple’s new OS for iPad includes several features that make it easier to use the iPad as a laptop replacement. Here’s what you need to know.

Apple iPadOS: What’s new, and why change the name?
Apple’s new OS for iPad includes several features that make it easier to use the iPad as a laptop replacement. Here’s what you need to know.

Since the launch of the first-generation iPad in 2010, Apple has dominated the tablet market. Originally launching with iPhone OS 3.2, the first-generation 9.7″ iPad was architecturally akin to a large iPhone. With successive models, Apple has differentiated the iPad from the iPhone by adding support for input methods such as the Apple Pencil, and different screen sizes, such as the 7.9″ iPad Mini, and the 11″, and 12.9″ iPad Pro.

As the iPad lineup has expanded into a wholly separate product category, Apple announced at its 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that it has rebranded iOS for iPad as “iPadOS” (starting with iOS 13) to highlight and target the features that differentiate the iPad from other devices. This follows Apple’s naming trend of watchOS for Apple Watch, and tvOS for Apple TV.


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