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Topic: App Store

Apple's free app trials a band-aid, will be tough on developers

06/07/2018, 11:06 am

Apple's recent codification of free app trials in App Store guidelines is really just cementing an existing practice, and still leaves many problems on the table for developers and consumers alike.

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Free trials of games & other apps coming to the App Store

06/06/2018, 09:06 am

Granting a long-standing wish from developers, Apple this week updated its App Store guidelines to allow free trials for all apps, rather than just those based on subscriptions.

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Apple rebrands iTunes Connect as 'App Store Connect,' adds new app management features

06/05/2018, 02:06 am

Apple on Monday introduced developers to App Store Connect, a streamlined process for submitting, monitoring and managing App Store titles from the web and, with the help of a new iOS app, iPhone and iPad.

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2018 Apple Design Awards go to App Store hits Alto's Odyssey, INSIDE, others

06/05/2018, 01:06 am

Not long after Apple's high-profile WWDC keynote, the company handed out its annual Design Awards to developers whose iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS creations represent the pinnacle of app design and innovation.

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New App Store guidelines prohibit remote mirroring apps from eroding in-app purchases

06/04/2018, 10:06 pm

Apple on Monday posted an update to its App Store Review Guidelines that, among other things, prohibits developers of PC mirroring apps from displaying a "store-like interface" and including the ability to purchase apps, specifications that appears to target PC streaming services like Steam.

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Apple has paid out $100 billion to developers since the App Store's inception

06/04/2018, 01:06 pm

The App Store will be hitting a new milestone later this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed at WWDC, with payments to developers expected to pass the $100 billion barrier within the next few days.

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Apple iPhone app ecosystem and Siri make a big difference for the blind

05/29/2018, 09:05 am

Siri, and other technologies associated with Apple's iPhone and iPad are radically changing how the blind deal with everyday tasks.

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Apple's Phil Schiller confirms Steam Link iOS app failed to meet App Store guidelines

05/26/2018, 06:05 pm

Apple's decision to prevent Valve's Steam Link iOS app from appearing in the App Store was due to a variety of issues, including in-app purchases, Apple's Phil Schiller has confirmed.

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Apple should allow Steam Link into App Store despite violating third-party marketplace rules

05/25/2018, 12:05 pm

While Valve didn't completely block the ability to buy games through the Steam Link app leading to its disapproval, Apple's decision to deny Valve's Steam Link iOS app from the App Store for 'business conflicts' is shortsighted.

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HomeKit Insider #002: How to troubleshoot Bluetooth accessories with HomeScan

05/21/2018, 11:05 am

Nailing down issues with HomeKit gear can be very difficult without the right tools. AppleInsider tales a look at a way to troubleshoot problems with Bluetooth accessories.

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Developers Union urges Apple to allow free app trials, make it easier to earn a living

05/18/2018, 01:05 pm

On Friday a fledgling group calling itself the Developers Union published an open letter to Apple, calling on the company to both expand free app trials and provide developers a livable revenue cut from the App Store.

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App Store discovery improved after Apple's iOS 11 redesign, study claims

05/14/2018, 02:05 pm

The redesigned iOS App Store, launched last September, seems to have finally fulfilled developers' wishes for easier discovery, according to a recent study.

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App Store could get flooded with gambling apps, after SCOTUS kills sports wager ban

05/14/2018, 11:05 am

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a 1992 law that barred most states from allowing sports wagers. AppleInsider takes a look at what that means for gambling apps in the App Store.

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Hands On: WeatherKit for iPhone and iPad is a beautiful forecasting app for everyone

05/12/2018, 04:05 pm

There is no shortage of weather apps on the App Store -- we don't want to count how many we've tried. There are great ones, and WeatherKit is among them.

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Flitter is a beautiful Twitter client for iPhone that needs a few more features

05/11/2018, 10:05 pm

Flitter is a new minimalist Twitter client for iPhone that offers an alternative to Twitter's standalone app, but does it bring enough to the table to unseat leading third-party titles Twitterrific and Tweetbot

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US DOJ sides with Apple over App Store antitrust allegations in Supreme Court brief

05/10/2018, 11:05 am

The Department of Justice on Wednesday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Apple's fight against a class action suit alleging that the company violates antitrust laws in regards to how it assesses app store fees, and how it decides what is hosted on the App Store.

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Proposed EU rules could require Apple to explain App Store rankings, defend take from subscriptions

04/26/2018, 10:04 am

The European Union on Thursday proposed a new set of laws governing platform holders like Apple, Amazon, and Google, intended to improve transparency and non-discrimination in relation to the smaller businesses that depend on them.

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Featured spots in iOS 11 App Store can drive app downloads up to 800 percent

04/20/2018, 03:04 pm

Apple's new "Game of the Day," "App of the Day" and other featured spots can drive downloads significantly more than prior efforts to highlight new and outstanding apps, new app analytics claim.

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Amazon touts 100M Prime users as Apple quietly passes a quarter-billion paid subscriptions

04/19/2018, 07:04 am

Apple now has a customer base of more than 250 million paid subscriptions across its Services offerings of Apple Music, iCloud and App Store continuing payments. Viewed against Amazon's recent announcement of 100 million Prime members, that figure is substantial. But Apple is also adding around 30 million new subscriptions every quarter.

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iOS release of 'Fortnite' rakes in over $25M in first 30 days

04/18/2018, 09:04 am

Epic Games' "Fortnite" -- a free-to-play third-person shooter, which took off after adding a battle royale mode copying "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" -- amassed over $25 million in its first 30 days after being ported to iOS devices, according to research data shared this week.

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