Sipping from the WWDC firehose: What’s new and important for developers

On Monday, Apple kicked off the 2015 World Wide Developer Conference with a protracted keynote that introduced iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and Apple Music. Of the two-and-a-half-plus hours of the keynote, perhaps a minute or two was devoted to developer topics.

While the keynote was light on developer news, the reality on the ground was not. Out of the spotlight, Apple introduced paradigm-shifting updates to developer tools (Xcode 7, Swift 2), to frameworks (GameplayKit, ReplayKit), and to the Apple Watch development paradigm (native apps).

Here’s a quick round-up of some posts I wrote for InformIT over the last week:

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