China outpaces U.S. in iOS App Store revenue

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Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 05:48
Category: App Store, iOS, News, retail, Software


The Chinese user base is apparently even more app-crazy than its U.S. counterpart.

According to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie, the country earned over $1.7 billion in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the U.S. by over 15 percent. The U.S. had been the number one iOS market since 2010.

Today, Chinese consumers spend more than 5 times the amount they were spending compared with just two years prior.


Apple begins accepting donations to aid victims of Hurricane Matthew

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Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, 05:20
Category: App Store, Apple, iTunes, iTunes Store, News


Well, some better news that doesn’t involve batteries catching fire.

Apple on Monday began collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Matthew, which tore through a number of Caribbean countries and several U.S. states including Florida and the Carolinas. The hurricane killed hundreds and left untold numbers homeless or in need of aid.


App Store Search Ads to begin October 5th, developers can order ad slots now

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Date: Friday, September 30th, 2016, 05:29
Category: App Store, Developer, News, Software


Ads are coming to the App Store.

Back in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced the addition of ads to App Store search results. App Store Search Ads have gone live as of today, and Apple is allowing developers to purchase ad spots. Ads from developers will be displayed starting on October 5th.

The new Search Ads went into beta immediately after the announcement and were made available to developers.

With Search Ads, developers can bid to have their app listed as the top result when certain keywords are used, improving app discoverability. Ads are available through an auction system, with one ad displayed to customers on each search result page. Ads are clearly marked and ad content is the same content that’s available on the App Store app description pages as it uses App Store metadata and imagery.


Pro tip: Force your iPhone to check for App Store updates

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 15:05
Category: iOS, iPhone

pro-tip-power-update-io-app-storeNow that you’ve updated to iOS 10  it’s a great time to update your iOS apps too.

Apple doesn’t allow third-party developers to release app updates that include iOS 10 features until the OS itself is released, which happened today.So you may have more updates than you expected.

I’ve previously written about how iOS Software Update doesn’t check for app updates in the background (you still have to open the app), but did you know that there’s a way to bust the cache and force the App Store to retrieve all of your updates at once?

Well, there is.

Simply open App Store and quickly tap on “updates” tab in the lower-right ten times. When done successfully, you’ll see your “Pending updates” replaced by a blank screen with a grey spinning wheel and “LOADING….” underneath it. Then boom! 39 updates (or whatever).

It’s a handy way to check for important pending app updates, like, say. The Pokemon Go buddy update!

Apple jumps gun on iDay, announces new, waterproof, GPS-enabled Apple Watch via Twitter

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 11:29
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Watch OS, Wearables


Apple may have jumped the gun on iDay thanks to Twitter in a tweet that has since been nixed.

The company announced its next-generation smartphone in a promoted tweet shared at the beginning of its annual press event on Wednesday.

The device, which is available for pre-order on Friday Sept. 16, is water resistant.

This year, Apple CEO Tim Cook began the event by recapping the 17 million subscribers to Apple Music along with 140 billion downloads from the App Store this year, up 106 percent from last year.

Among the larger announcements was the Apple Watch Series 2, a new, waterproof Apple Watch which looks similar to the first-gen Apple Watch, but is apparently 50 percent faster, has a brighter display and built-in GPS.


Rumor: Apple developing new video editing app for iOS devices, looks to target social media users

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Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2016, 10:12
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software


Apple is apparently developing a video sharing and editing applications that is being tested within its iOS devices.

The early plans are part of a newly directed focus to integrate social networking applications within Apple’s mobile products and are a response to the success of social media-focused companies such as Facebook and Snapchat, according to people familiar with Apple’s strategy. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Where it’s thought that Apple’s hardware business is slowing, Apple’s services, such as the App Store and iCloud, have been generating increased revenue. Apple has failed to successfully launch social-media services in the past, including an iTunes-focused social network called Ping in 2010. Now as Snapchat and Facebook’s Instagram and Messenger apps grow atop Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, Apple is seeking to create its own features to remain relevant, particularly for younger users.


This by Tinrocket adds customizable pins, labels and descriptions to images

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Date: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016, 12:16
Category: iOS, News, Software

This is worth looking at, even if the name throws you off a bit in a kind of “Who’s on first?” sort of way.

The This by Tinrocket app allows you to add labels, pointers, descriptions and commentary to your photos.



Microsoft releases Pix, goes toe to toe with built-in iOS camera app

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Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016, 16:26
Category: iOS, Microsoft, News, Software


Microsoft is attempting to hone in on the iPhone camera’s turf.

The tech giant’s research arm has launched Pix, which enhances the photos that users take in a variety of ways, on Wednesday morning. The app is designed to make photos look better and even improves on Apple’s Live Photos ability to capture scenes that have moving elements in them.

The free app is now available on the iOS App Store and is particularly well-suited to take pictures of people, and is built to make adjustments to a photo on the fly as the scene changes. That way, the exposure of an image should always be tuned to the right conditions. It recognizes faces and uses Microsoft’s Hyperlapse technology to stabilize video shot with the app as well.


New report sees China overtake U.S. in iOS game revenues

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 08:58
Category: Developer, Finance, iOS, News, Software


The Chinese app market is the world leader at this point in time, the U.S. coming in second and Japan rounding out third place.

A few months ago, App Annie reported on China passing Japan in iOS game revenues, and the firm had predicted that China would jump over the US next. This has now happened and App Annie’s newest report on iOS revenues in Q2 has revealed even more explosive growth for the country. The site noted that China managed to generate nearly double the iOS App Store Games revenue it had just a year earlier in Q2 2015.


Spotify cites difficulties getting updated app approved by Apple, alleges competition-based motives (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 14:40
Category: App Store, Apple, Apple Music, Developer, iOS, Legal, News


Apple may be playing its gatekeeper card a little too closely where Spotify is concerned.

The audio streaming provider said Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter stated that Apple had turned down the new version of the Spotify app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”