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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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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