Apple developers around the world received a nice summer treat from the Cupertino company on Friday in the form of a new
Swift engineering blog, among other new
resources and videos for programmers. In addition, Apple is dropping the paid requirement for downloading the
Xcode 6 beta: You need only be a registered App Developer, rather than having to sign up for the $100/year Mac or iOS Developer programs.
According to the Swift blog’s first entry, it won’t just be a venue for the occasional PR update and language changes, either; Swift’s actual engineering team will be chiming in on the discussion, offering hints, tips, and tricks, along with news and updates. It’s yet another major communications shift from Apple this year—cracking the vaunted engineering vault open just a bit for the public to see inside.