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Is it time to check that your App Store review demo account still works? 😅

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ISSUE 582  October 28th 2022




Along with this week’s operating system releases, Apple made some changes to the App Store Review Guidelines. There’s an official summary of the changes, but as always, the App Store Review Guidelines History site gives us what we’re truly looking for with a full diff. 🚀

The main changes focus on demo accounts, and it seems Apple is about to step up its testing of features gated behind an account login. The requirement for a demo account isn’t new, and I don’t think there’s anything nefarious going on. I’m highlighting it to make sure as many people as possible see the changes before the spotlight shines on areas of your app that Apple might not have closely checked before.

If you have been sailing through review for years with a minimal demo account, it might be worth ensuring that the demo account has access to all your app’s features before your next release. I’d also encourage early submissions, especially if you have deadlines to hit. I’ll not be surprised to hear of a few questionable rejection stories in the next few weeks. 😬

The other thing I noticed in the diff was this wording:

Display advertising should be limited to your main app binary, and should not be included in extensions, App Clips, widgets, notifications, keyboards, watchOS apps, etc.

This wording isn’t new, it’s just moved, but I hope it’s the end of all the people jokes/hot takes about Dynamic Island advertising. I also hope Apple enforce it! 🤞

Dave Verwer


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Chime 2.0

If you saw previous releases of Matt Massicotte’s Chime editor and moved past it because you didn’t write Go, this 2.0 release has a few reasons to check it out. It now supports 23 new languages (including Swift, of course), and if you read his article on ExtensionKit that I linked to recently, this release is the fruit of that work.


Xreviews for Mac

We all love Mac apps, and as conscientious developers, we all love to make we reply to every review that our apps get, right? What if there were a Mac app that would let you do that without needing to load up App Store Connect at all? It's free for one app and very cheap if you have more.




Creating a Command-Line Tool with Argument Parser

I wonder if my little love letter to swift-argument-parser last week inspired David Piper to write this article? Even if it’s pure coincidence, the combination of the two might inspire you to try it out.


Fill bar marks with gradient in Swift Charts

What a difference one little view modifier can make! You almost certainly want to use this technique from Natalia Panferova if you use gradient fills in your bar charts.


The Things They Don’t Tell You About Swift Concurrency

I’m not sure I particularly agree with the introduction of this article from Wojciech Kulik that paints the marketing of Swift concurrency in a not-so-positive light, but I like everything else about it. It’s a list of common async/await pitfalls combined with concise solutions, and it’s worth reading.


Presenting SwiftUI Sheets

I’d imagine that the first SwiftUI sample code that demonstrated a sheet used a boolean variable to control whether it was presented. Me too! Are you still using booleans to do that job? Me too! Is there an alternative that makes perfect sense as soon as you read about it? Jordan Morgan is here to show us another way.




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