September 16, 2021 · 4 min read
Devblog: iCloud Sync is available
Hello everyone. In today’s post, we’ll give an update on the progress we’ve made over the past few months since our last devblog post, explain how our plans for Flow have evolved, and take a look at some new and updated aspects of the app, including iCloud Sync.
First, we took a few weeks off in July and August. Aside from responding to support tickets, we’ve tried to relax and take our minds off our development plans as well as company- and app-related work obligations. For those who are interested: Lea and I travelled around Denmark and Sweden as well as Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia in our self-converted camper van. Not only was it great to meet new people and visit other countries and cultures but also to do nothing for a while, enjoy the warm sun and read a book every now and then. Our batteries are now recharged and we’re looking forward to the upcoming months with some great challenges, new updates and features for Flow. And we can’t emphasize enough how much it means to Lea, Stefan and me that you accompany us on our journey with Flow.
In June, the annual Apple WWDC took place and of course we participated digitally whenever we found the time. We’ve been eagerly watching to see what new changes are coming and how we can use some of these new features for Flow. We’ll keep you updated when we’ll include features that are exclusive to macOS Monterey or other system updates. Naturally, we’ll make sure that Flow works on macOS Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15 as soon as they’re released.
New updates on macOS and iOS/iPadOS
A few days ago, we released our latest update 2.7.0 for Flow on macOS, which adds the long requested iCloud sync and overhauled statistics overview. At the same time, we released a new update 1.2.0 for iOS and iPadOS adding iCloud sync to Flow on mobile devices. Provided the latest updates are installed on all platforms, your stats will now automatically sync with other devices connected to your iCloud account. If that’s not what you want, you can disable Flow in the iCloud options in your system settings.
The difficult part with iCloud Sync was setting up the sync to run reliably, and we continue to work on some issues with iCloud sync where certain sessions are not detected or saved properly. Nevertheless, it was an important step for us to release this feature now to get more feedback and find potential bugs that we couldn’t identify ourselves before. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll definitely have a lot of work to do to make iCloud sync work as smoothly as we would like it to. Rest assured, we are on it.
The new statistics on macOS are a good start, but will be updated further in the future based on your feedback. We’ll also bring the charts to iOS in an upcoming update. Moreover, we’re working on showing not only the number of sessions, but also the minutes in the statistics. So stay tuned for upcoming updates.
We’ll certainly have more time to spend on new features once we’ve looked into the more urgent issues with iCloud sync. But when that’s out of the way, we’ll tackle various features and improvements that are on our list. After we returned from our vacation, we took the time to further structure our plans for the future, and as a result, we’ve revised the roadmap on our website to better reflect what we’re up to in the next months.
Rather than showing a list of features we plan to implement in the future, we decided to show a more streamlined overview of our upcoming updates. Each update will include new features, improvements, and bug fixes that are on our list. We’ll gradually provide you with further details or release dates, meaning the roadmap will be updated regularly.
As you can see from our updated roadmap, our next goal will be to release Flow Pro for mobile devices. This has been requested for quite some time and is an important step towards a better Flow experience across all devices. We haven’t set a release date yet. However, we’ll update the roadmap as soon as we know when the update will be available.
As always, if you enjoy using Flow and would like to support its development, we’d be grateful for a review on the App Store. Every review is important and helps our tiny developer studio tremendously.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read today’s devblog! Stay awesome everyone! We hope to see you again in our next post.
Lea and Leif