A WWDC Announcement by Apple, You Should Know about – Bitcode
Even if you’ve been interested in Apple’s most recent WWDC conference (short for “Apple Worldwide Developers Conference”), there might’ve been an aspect of it you’ve been missing out on – bitcode. Apple had a ton of exciting news during the event, but this under-looked announcement is to have much bigger implications on Apple’s future than what some of the other WWDC summaries may lead you to think. Let’s take a look at what was revealed (because not everything was uncovered around this), what developers are currently talking about, and a bit of what it would mean for the everyday user at the end of the day.
Quick Overview of What Bitcode is?
Bitcode will be able to effect a variety of things on the developers’ side, and more importantly ease transitions when the big company that is Apple wants to make more drastic changes to how their devices function, or how their future devices improve on past ones rather. For example, a processor or architecture change could mean less hiccups, and better apps delivered to the user at the end of the process. There are many things that can come in the way of an enjoyable and problem-free app being delivered to the user, and Bitcode could help in making that happen, when it’s ready to be fully unleashed that is.
Bitcode can sound complicated to the everyday user who isn’t used to working with any code or on the developers’ side, but basically what Bitcode does is recompile data and act as an intermediate in the coding process. Bitcode affects the App Store (its back-end to be more precise) that you use every day in that it works to compile the code correctly for your machine model so that you’re able to have the app working correctly. The App Store could work things out by itself to deliver a more optimized version for each device.
But the implications of the announcement isn’t just how Bitcode is part of the process of delivering apps, but how it can deliver the same thing more quickly when Apple decides the time has come for an overhaul of their architecture, something that has indeed happened in the past more frequently than a lot of other companies out there. Changes in architecture or processor mean adjustments on the developers’ side, but the simple fact that Bitcode can act as an intermediate in the coding process on re-compile things for the back-end, mean that bigger changes will mean less trouble for Apple, its developers and users, until the formula is perfected that is. The following page can be consulted on Apple’s developer library on the topic of app-thinning, which includes Bitcode, and in which the goal is to optimize applications to each device, notably in terms of resources and even size, which would be good news for people with devices with smaller storage space. With app thinning, owners of older devices can benefit from a more optimized app.”Slicing ios” and “ODR” are also two other processes that are put in the hands of developers to deliver a more optimized format depending on the device model.
A Look into the Future
Bitcode is already important in iWatch apps and could mean less adaptation and work following what Apple decides to bring as new innovations to the table. Less work on the developers side, more benefits for the user on day one of the launch of a new device. This is not to be taken so lightly – tons of Apple fans look forward to getting their hands on the company’s new devices on day one and it’s part of the tradition, and almost adds to the fun and experience to a degree for some users to sleep outside stores looking to connect with other fans, so the changes for better apps will mean a better experience when they head back home and experience their hard-earned device for the first time.
However, not everything has been revealed just yet concerning Bitcode and developers are being left in the dark for some time while Apple gets all the details right. Above all, Bitcode is a look into the future, and one that is hopeful and inevitable at the same time. It’s one where architecture changes will happen more swiftly and new devices get even better at launch. When could the next processor change happen? As soon as the next iPad according to some speculations going around the web. Overall, these are good news for developers even if some might be afraid of the full functionality of the concept and even though it might present some issues when it comes to app testing, this will without a doubt impact the workload that developers previously had to put in.