Apple published an announcement for developers saying deadlines for certain App Store requirements have been extended to June 30, 2020.
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss China’s outsized App Store power, and getting free ebooks from a few sources.
Apple is giving customers a way to earn a bit of extra cash. When you add funds to Apple ID you get a 10% bonus.
On Thursday, Apple removed “Boom the Encryption Keyboard” from the App Store. People used it to bypass censorship in China.
Apple updated its App Store review guidelines with some new rules to restrict certain types of app behavior.
Ndemic Creations, the creator of the popular game Plague Inc. received a warning from China that the game contained illegal content.
Will Oremus wrote an essay on Medium in which he argues that Apple is a monopoly, specifically when it comes to the App Store. I think a few good arguments could be made in support of this accusation. But my opinion lies with this quote:
Apple’s platform is significantly less open than Google’s: Unlike its rival, Apple doesn’t allow any app stores on the iPhone other than its own, and it doesn’t allow users to “sideload” apps downloaded from the web or elsewhere. The company says its goal is to ensure users can trust every app they download; allowing unapproved apps could expose users to privacy violations or malware.
The App Store isn’t perfect, but I believe it contains far fewer malware than Google’s Play Store. Apple’s restrictions also make it better for privacy, and thus better for people. I think price is a better argument than the walled garden. Or, I at least have more sympathy for indie developers rather than billion-dollar competitors to Apple.
YouTube sent emails to customers today saying that it will end support for App Store subscriptions for YouTube TV in March.
Starting in March 2020, universal app purchases are coming to iOS and macOS. Apps bought on one platform will be unlocked on the other.
Apple is reminding developers that new restrictions for kids apps and HTML5 apps go into effect on March 3, 2020.
Writing for Slate, Cory Doctorow criticizes Apple, calling its customers a cult and Apple a monopoly. I don’t plan to pick apart his article and defend Apple, but I do particularly disagree with this quote:
When it comes to Apple, even if you’re paying for the product, you’re still the product: sold to app programmers as a captive market, or gouged on parts and service by official Apple depots.
I guess consumers can’t do anything right. Not only are we a cult, but we don’t even have the power of the free market, instead we’re “sold” to developers.
There were 7.8 billion downloads from the App Store in the last quarter of 2019, a 7.9 percent increase from the same time the year before.
Andrew compiled a list of his favorite apps and games he used in 2019: Stardew Valley, Chronicle, Paprika 3, Jumbo, and Lockdown.
You can delete installed apps by long pressing the app icon and tapping Delete. But there’s an alternative way in the App Store.
Apple will give free gifts to users via the App Store between December 24 and December 29, with a new present to unwrap each day.
Apple unveiled the best Apps and Games of 2019, including an Ai-powered camera tool, a sketching app for the iPad, and a wide range of games.
iOS developers get detailed subscription notifications that would let them send customers notifications with billing issues.
A recent report from the CDC showed that 42 people have died from vaping-related lung illnesses. Now, Apple has removed all 181 vaping apps.
An accident at Apple recently wiped out over 20 million App Store ratings including popular ones like Hulu, Google, Microsoft, and more.
Apple has a pretty good system for reviewing the trustworthiness of submitted apps. But it breaks down too often.