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What developers want from iOS 10

Michael Simon | May 26, 2016
Apple is expected to take the wraps off the next version of iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and OS X at WWDC. We spoke to some app developers to find out what's on their wish lists.

Elsewhere, Braun wants to see tighter collaboration between companion apps on iOS and tvOS. “When an iOS app has a tvOS counterpart app (particularly as a Universal purchase),” he said, “I’d like an API to prompt on either device to open the companion app. For instance, opening SketchParty TV on the iPhone or iPad, it should be possible to invoke a dialog or automatically open the SketchParty TV app on the Apple TV.”

Better Game Center

Since he left Monument Valley developer ustwo, Wong has been busy starting up his own development studio, and along with better discovery, he’s hoping Apple can do a little to improve the gaming experience on the iPhone.

“Game Center doesn’t feel as important to mobile users as its counterparts do on other game platforms like Steam or PlayStation Network. A lot of interesting game design has to do with online multiplayer, streaming and sharing. Seeing Amazon promote cloud services as the unique selling point of its game engine is really interesting. It would be great if Game Center could continue to evolve and provide more network and social functionality out of the box, for smaller teams who wouldn’t otherwise be able to roll their own services.”

And he has one wish that we can all get behind: “On iOS, the Game Center icon is horrible. I would love to see a new one!”

 

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