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

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

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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.”

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Updated App Store guidelines hint at possible rebranding from “Mac OS X” to “macOS”

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 11:03
Category: Developer, iOS, News, OS X, TvOS, Watch OS

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While it’s been expected that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X as “macOS” at WWDC next week, this has all but been confirmed in paperwork sent out to the developer community.

Hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.

Back in March, Apple also named a framework file in OS X 10.11.4 that referred to the operating system as macOS. The following month, Apple launched a new environmental webpage on which it referred to the operating system as MacOS.

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Apple to significantly overhaul App Store for the fall, add developer-focused changes, subscription models

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 07:05
Category: App Store, Developer, iOS, News

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As good as Apple’s App Store has been over the years, it still has its rough spots. It can be difficult to find apps, even when searching for them by name and it’s tough for developers to stand out from each other.

This coming straight from the horse’s mouth, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, stated that a variety of changes are coming to the App Store. First, a new App Store subscription model will reward developers who can keep paying customers around for longer than a year. Apple will slice its cut of their subscriptions to 15 percent from the standard 30 percent after the first year. The company is planning to encourage all developers to explore the subscription model—and now they actually can. Prior to now, only certain categories like news, cloud, dating, and streaming apps could sell subscriptions through the App Store. That’s going to change in the fall. The 85/15 percent split will kick in sooner than that, on June 13.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.4.1 update, offers assorted bug fixes

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Date: Friday, June 3rd, 2016, 07:56
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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It’s more a bug fix than anything.

Apple on Thursday released iTunes 12.4.1, the latest version of its media player.

The update address a variety of small problems and bugs, including compatibility issues with the OS X VoiceOver accessibility feature.

According to Apple’s release notes, iTunes version 12.4.1 for Mac includes a grab bag of fixes that might in some cases negatively impact software usability. In particular, the update addresses a problem that caused VoiceOver, Mac’s automated screen reader technology, to operate unexpectedly.

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Apple releases OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan update

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 11:32
Category: News, OS X, Software

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If you were hankering for the release of OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan, it’s here.

On Monday, Apple released OS X 10.11.5, along with updates for its iOS, watchOS, tvOS and iTunes operating systems.

The update includes the following fixes and changes:

• Fixes an issue where applying a configuration profile to set allowSpotlightInternetResults to False would cause Spotlight to use large amounts of CPU time.

• Fixes an issue where applying a configuration profile to set ShutDownDisabledWhileLoggedIn to True would have no effect.

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Additional Apple Maps data, services emerges for new locations, including Thailand

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Date: Friday, April 29th, 2016, 08:48
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Apple on Thursday expanded its Apple Maps Flyover feature, adding both Flyover data and Spotlight Suggestions to new countries as well as traffic data to a new location. The Flyover feature is now available in Akron, Ohio and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This brings the grand total of Flyover locations to over 260 cities as Apple has been expanding the feature at a brisk pace.

Additionally, Apple has expanded Spotlight Suggestions to a trio of new countries. The feature is now available in 19 countries with today’s additions of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Spotlight Suggestions offers quick suggestions of content and locations from Maps, iTunes, the App Store, and web when users search for a term via the Spotlight search bar on their device.

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Apple releases Music Memos app for musicians/songwriters on the go

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Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2016, 08:51
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This is kind of a neat thing.

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new Music Memos app designed to help musicians and songwriters store ideas on the go.

The app uses the iPhone’s built-in microphone can be used to record instruments in a lossless format, and the resulting recordings can be analyzed for rhythm and chords.

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Apple pulls Vidyo screen recording utility from App Store

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 17:17
Category: App Store, iOS, News, Software

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If you were interested in the Vidyo screen recording utility, Apple’s yanked it from the App Store.

The app allowed users to record their device’s screen on iPhone and iPad, even when you weren’t using the app itself. That meant you could also record your homescreen. The app made this possible by simulating an AirPlay Mirroring connection – something that also likely violated Apple’s terms of service and contributed to its removal.

The device, which was tested by MacStories, recorded the iOS device’s audioor the microphone’s audio, video from the device screen or the cameras, and could output in resolutions up to 1080p and 60fps. The app also included other features that let you import your own audio files to combine with your screen recordings in order to make screencasts.

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Apple posts record earnings of more than $1.1 billion in App Store sales over 2015 holiday season

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 07:48
Category: App Store, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Finance, News

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The numbers are in and Apple had a killer 2015 holiday season on the App Store, customers spending over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases over a two week period and $144 million in App Store spending on January 1st.

The total beat last year’s record in terms of gross purchases.

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Cortana intelligent assistant app now available in App Store

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 08:08
Category: iOS, Microsoft, News, Software

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This could be something cool to play with.

Microsoft, which has been offering Cortana as a small-scale beta since last month, has announced that Cortana is available on the App Store now.

Even so, Cortana isn’t expected to have quite as deep a functionality as Siri, which is deeply embedded into iOS. Still, you can tinker with it and see how it fares with the questions you might have to ask it.

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