2FA is now unavoidable for App developers. Upcoming Authentication Requirement for App Store Connect
Starting February 2021, additional authentication will be required for all users to sign in to App Store Connect. You can enable two-step verification or two-factor authentication now for the Apple ID associated with your developer account.
Easy, right? Two-factor authentication for Apple ID is explained clearly by Apple and easy to set up. All you need to do is visit the Security section of your Apple ID account or the Apple ID section of Settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Not so fast. If you have an important Apple ID then it is crucial that you look after it. Not just for all your purchases of music, books, magazines and apps, not even because of all your iCloud email and Calendars. More importantly for a deveoper it impacts your ability to function as a developer. You rely upon it so completely that your Apple ID is literally the most important thing in your Apple digital life. It is quite possible you won't realise this until it is too late.
This is easy now. Load the App Store on a Mac with Apple silicon, find your app, and install it. Done.
A: My opinion is you should buy a MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020) with 16GB memory and 2TB SSD in Silver or Space gray - the model identifier is MacBookPro17,1.
If, like me, you like your Mac to last; then now is the time, I believe, to take the plunge. I'd recommend the top of the line brand new model, which you can keep for five years, secure in the knowledge that even though its the first of the new line of M1 equipped Macs, it will have enough oomph to still work fine at the end of its life. In the past I'd have recommended also looking at refurbished models after new models come out, but the switch from Intel to Apple silicon makes now the right time to jump. All the refurbished Macs are Intel based and their value will erode quite quickly. This Macbook is expensive I know, starting at £1299 and £2299 as specified for this article in the UK. But it is worth it and is nowhere near as expensive as an original Mac was new back in the 80's! You can justify it by amortising it over several years or buy it on finance.
NHS England released an official NHS contact tracing app for England and Wales in the App Store and Google Play on 23rd September 2020. The app was being tested on the Isle of Wight and a London borough for several months. It is not the same technology as was already spaffed in the £10m car crash that was the original app. But it is the same Government and team of advisors. This is a far better app.
NHS Scotland released their Protect.Scot app for Scotland on the 11th September 2020. This app was based on open source code originally developed on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Ireland and further developed on behalf of the Government of Northern Ireland. It cost less than a tenth of the England and Wales app to develop and is also the basis for apps for Jersey and Gibraltar.
The app for England is completely completely different to the others although they all use Apple/Google COVID-19 exposure notifications system, and there is a shared notification technology because of that. The differences are in the user experience and the booking of tests so, if in the UK you should use the one relevant to the PostCode you live in.
Apple and Google are only allowing approved local public health authorities to publish such apps such is the sensitivity of the data required.
TL:DR Both apps are good Scotland app has a far more reassuring onboarding process and draws you in to the idea that you are helping yourself and others. Both properly respect data privacy issues regarding the exposure notification information although what happens to venue check-in and test information in the England app is a little less clear to me in terms of data privacy. These apps could be a key pillar of the track, trace, isolate strategy that we still need. I'd recommend installing them unless certain special circumstances affect you.
Note This article was originally published on my LinkedIn.
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