Apple acquires app development startup buddybuild

Buddybuild, the Canadian start-up, has also confirmed the news of it being acquired by Apple Inc. It is a startup company based in Vancouver.

Essentially, it gives developers a simple workflow when they need to iterate or push their apps to GitHub, GitLab or BitBucket.

"We're excited to share that the Buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build unbelievable developer tools for the entire iOS community", the company announced, likewise confirming that Buddybuild will soon become an exclusive iOS developer tool. It celebrated that fact by noting that it's a proud Canadian company.

So far, Apple has not disclosed any financial terms about the deal.

Currently, the team has more than 40 engineers. The move is expected to simplify app development for coders as Buddybuild can be integrated into Apple's suite of software development tools called Xcode. As to when it will happen, both companies did not give a specific timeline.

While Buddybuild will continue to serve its existing customers as a standalone product through its website, it won't accept new customers through that portal, coming into effect from today.

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Apple also partnered with GE in October to enable developers create a series of industrial apps to iPhones and iPads.

The system should fit nicely into Apple's existing set of tools, bringing additional methods for testing, debugging and deploying mobile apps through a proprietary channel. It allows IOS app developers to run a UI & beta test and simultaneously offers a secure environment to build a proficient app. They help in attracting more users to purchase their devices.

Free-to-play augmented reality game PokémonGO saw a resurgence towards the end of 2017, dominating Apple's App Store sales chart right after the release of the AR+ mode.

The newly redesigned App Store, introduced with iOS 11 in September, has also been making app and game discovery fun and easy for the over half a billion customers that visit the App Store every week. During the week starting on Christmas Eve, a record number of customers made purchases or downloaded apps from the App Store, spending over $890 million in that seven-day period.

This year will keep the developer community for Apple on the toe, with iMac Pro only started shipping, and the new Mac Pro desktops on the line. In 2014, Apple acquired TestFlight which began to require users to employ Xcode to utilise the service.

The company was established in 2015 by former Amazon employees. The startup has managed to raise around $8.8 million in three years of existence. Some of the other clients include Mozilla, Hootsuite, Reddit, SoundCloud, FourSquare and The New York Times.

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