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App Rating Changes in iOS 10.3 Update

Bottle Rocket builds apps that include a framework for encouraging high ratings. This framework also funnels negative comments away from the App Store. We call this our Bottle Rocket Applause Generator (BRAG). Apple’s latest 10.3 update brings some changes... read more

Low-Friction Development Environments

At Bottle Rocket Studios, we do our best to provide our developers with a low-friction development environment. We do this to help maximize productivity – for both our customers’ and developers’ benefit.   Elements of low-friction development environments Developers select the tools best suited for a given task Many projects will have predefined toolsets such as Xcode for iOS and Android Studios for... read more

Bottle Rocket at 360iDev: CoreAnimation Using Swift Playgrounds

Recently, iOS Developer Russell Mirabelli spoke at 360iDev, a four-day iOS developers conference in Denver. During the event, Russell hosted a session titled “200: Better CoreAnimation Using Swift Playgrounds.” The session covered using Swift playgrounds to quickly iterate through ideas, an overview of CoreAnimation, and how to significantly improving on the edit/compile/test cycle to quickly create great visual... read more

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iPhone 7 & Apple Watch Series 2: What You Need to Know

There were a number of announcements made during Apple's September Special Event. This event, as in year's past, is predominantly focused on hardware. However, there were several announcements about new API's and features. Here's a developer's perspective... read more

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WWDC 2016 Keynote Recap

Every year, Apple hosts the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). In past years, WWDC was where things like the Apple Watch and the Apple TV were announced. While there were no new hardware announcements (such as a new iPhone), Apple did have several... read more

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Exciting Information Released Before WWDC

Russel Mirabelli, Bottle Rocket iOS engineer, is making his way to WWDC. A few announcements he was most looking forward to were already made last week, leading him to believe Apple has a lot more in store at the conference this year than we originally... read more

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Apple Special Event March 2016 Recap

Apple Special Event Many of the announcements were widely anticipated, but for those of you that don’t obsessively chase each rumor as it rears up, we’d like to share with you what we saw as the most exciting parts of this town hall. Lower pricing on... read more

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iOS 9.3 Developer Preview

iOS 9.3 Update Overview iOS release 9.3 was announced early January but no release date has been set. This update is a Quality-of-Life version of iOS, more than a developer-focused release. While we don't see many deep new opportunities for our customers,... read more

Retail and Restaurant Loyalty Programs Integrate With Apple Pay

Apple recently discussed potential use cases for the future of Apple Pay as a convenient alternative to traditional POS transactions. According to eMarketer, $8.71 billion was spent in 2015 using mobile payments. That number is expected to grow 210% to $27.05 billion in 2016. An estimated 37.5 million consumers are predicted to adopt it by 2016, expanding the number of overall users 61.8%. As more users... read more

September Special Event Recap

Apple September Special Event Recap

Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference (ICYMI, here is our WWDC recap) focuses on all of the new coding and software updates for the coming year. The September Special Event, however, focused on the new devices and hardware capabilities for the next... read more