Speedwell partnered with Brisbane Airport (BNE) to develop and launch Australia’s first airport app with Apple Watch compatibility. The complementary Apple Watch experience was implemented into the award-winning BNE app to provide users with the ability to view information at a glance as they travel through the airport.
With the recent Spring Forward Apple event on 9th March and the subsequent media exposure of the upcoming Apple Watch, we now have a much better idea of what developers are doing with watch apps. It’s apparent that several apps make the most of the ease to which a user can access information through the watch and many have customised that information based on the time or location of the user. Some apps use the Watch as a brief window into the full functionality of their iPhone counterpart while others complement the iPhone app to provide a different way of doing things.
Continuous Integration (CI) for iOS projects has long been a difficult scenario. Tools like Jenkins and Teamcity have been used with varying degrees of success to manage the build lifecycle, but often these solutions involved custom scripts or workarounds. For test device installs, TestFlight was often the tool of choice, but many development houses chose to create custom internal deployment methods. With the recent release Mac OSX Mavericks and Xcode server, Apple has incorporated a CI tool in their standard development environment. Once configured, “Bots” can be created and monitored from within each developers’ Xcode IDE or through a web browser with the build being handled periodically on the server.