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The Lowdown: Developer Initiatives announced at WWDC 2014

Along with opening up Touch ID, Apple also released iOS 8 SDK, announced a new programming language called Swift and introduced several new developer features at its ongoing annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC 2014), held at Moscone Center, San Francisco. Here is a quick lowdown of all the new developer features announced at the conference: - App Extensions: iOS 8 apps will finally be able to talk to each other through extensions and provide their services to other apps. While the apps will still be sandboxed, developers will be able to enable "extensions" to which other apps can reach out. For instance, users will now able to use Pinterest sharing within the Safari's share sheet or create a document on Pages which can be saved onto Dropbox or Box. This is somewhat similar to what Android offers through its share intent functionality. Apple is also introducing third party widgets in the notification center, allowing users to add widgets from compatible apps to the Today view of the notification center. - App Beta Testing platform: Apple has also rolled out a much-requested beta testing platform for apps based on TestFlight, which the company had acquired in February this year. Developers can invite users to beta test their app and get the results right in TestFlight for free. Note that Google had rolled a beta testing and staged rollout feature for Android at Google I/O 2013 last year. - Developers now have the capabilities to create app bundles, allowing users to buy multiple apps at a discounted price in a…

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