March 11, 2014 Last Updated 2:10 pm

Apple releases several app updates, including Xcode 5.1, following the release of iOS 7.1

The release of a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system usually means the beginning of a flood of app updates, the first of which come from Apple itself. That is proving true again following the release of iOS 7.1 yesterday.

Xcode-featureThe most important update, as far as developers and publishers with apps are concerned, will be the release of a new version of Xcode. The new version, 5.1,includes SDKs for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and iOS 7.1.

The new features according to Apple:

  • Adds new Auto Layout constraint inspector with support for all constraint types
  • Adds Quick Look support in the debugger for custom object types
  • Improves ability to resolve symbols in Instruments
  • Updates the iOS standard architecture setting to include 64-bit
  • Includes additional bug fixes and stability improvements

As is usually the case, an update to Xcode is a massive download – in this case 1.87 GB – so you’ll need a good Internet connection, plenty of juice if you are using a laptop, and plenty of patience.

Remote-iconApple also updated its Remote app to version 4.2. The new version of the app contains changes effecting Apple TV including letting you control iTune Radio on an Apple TV through the app and letting you browse your movie and TV shows through the app.

Apple also released a minor update to its mobile GarageBand to, as Apple says, address minor issues. Whether other updates will follow to the company’s other apps is not known, but one should probably expect many more updates for apps due to iOS 7.1.

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