Apple released watchOS 6 Thursday, one day ahead of the release of Apple Watch Series 5. watchOS 6 includes Exercise Trends, Cycle Tracking, new Watch Faces, enhanced Siri support, an onboard App Store for watchOS apps, support for Animoji in Messages, and more.
Apple is introducing Billing Grace Period as a way to improve the customer experience surrounding subscriptions.
Apple is tweaking the App Store algorithm to make Apple apps less likely to appear in search results. This seeks to address complaints that the company unfairly uses the App Store to promote its own apps in favor of competition.
Mr. Schiller and Mr. Cue said the algorithm had been working properly. They simply decided to handicap themselves to help other developers.
“We make mistakes all the time,” Mr. Cue said.
“We’re happy to admit when we do,” Mr. Schiller said. “This wasn’t a mistake.”
I think the antitrust concerns about Apple have valid arguments, and I think this is a good move by Apple. Notice Phil Schiller gently correct Eddy.
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple Card’s relative privacy and App Store download statistics.
It’s now easier for app developers to have their app ranked number 1 in the App Store. The number of downloads to achieve this has dropped.
App Store Today editorials from Apple are now available on the web, with full imagery, app lists, and text.
To find a link for an App Store story, open the App Store on your iOS device or Mac. Open a story article in the Today view and scroll to the bottom. There will be a ‘Share Story’ button which lets you copy the URL or send it on using the share sheet.
A new report shows that Apple apps are typically shown before other apps when users input certain search queries.
Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Dave’s mesh Wi-Fi guide with a side of Prime Day deals, and an App Store bug.
Apple 2019 revenue for the first half of this year is up 15% from last year, topping US$39 billion from the App Store.
According to a new report from Sensor Tower, the iOS App Store and Google Play combined brought in $39.7 billion in worldwide app revenue in the first half of 2019 — that’s up 15.4% over the $34.4 billion seen during the first half of last year. However, at that time, the $34.4 billion was a 27.8% increase from 2017’s numbers, then a combined $26.9 billion across both stores.
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iOS apps running “limited” sales, and Facebook getting into cryptocurrency.
Now that Apple has killed iTunes, App Store apps no longer use itunes.apple.com. Instead, the new URL is apps.apple.com. This means you’ll have to tweak your shortcuts.
iOS app developers filed a lawsuit against Apple in California, claiming the company abuses its dominant position of the App Store.
In the latest issue of Fast Company magazine, Mark Wilson writes about the business of spying, advertising, and analytics that the App Store enables.
[Apple] designed a dead-simple interface that, to this day, allows users to sign away contacts, location data, and camera and microphone access with a single tap as they install an app. Apple also created efficient APIs—the software connecting its hardware to outside apps—to provide third-party developers access to sensitive user information. Meanwhile, iPhone apps are not required to encrypt their transmissions. “Apple was well known for usability before it was known for privacy,” says Riana Pfefferkorn, associate director of surveillance and cybersecurity at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.
This is part of Andrew’s News+ series, where he shares a magazine every Friday to help people discover good content in Apple News+.
In the future, Apple might limit third-party trackers in the App Store, at least for kids apps.
Phillip Shoemaker, who led the team that reviewed apps on the App Store, described the heartbreak of rejecting apps being on the platform.
Apple has a created a new web page titled, ‘App Store: Principles and Practices’ possibly as a reaction to the accusations that the App Store is a monopoly.
We believe that what’s in our store says a lot about who we are. We strongly support all points of view being represented on the App Store. But we also take steps to make sure apps are respectful to users with differing opinions, and reject apps for any content or behavior that we believe is over the line — especially when it puts children at risk. For example, we strictly prohibit any app that features pornographic material, discriminatory references, torture and abuse, or anything else in exceptionally poor taste.
In iOS 12.3 Apple gave customers the ability to use Apple Pay in iTunes and the App Store for apps, movies, games, and more. Here’s where to find the setting.
Some Apple customers have been affected by App Store, Mac App Store, and iTunes Store outages. TestFlight and App Store Connect affected too.
Apple is offering another round of bonuses when you add funds to Apple ID. The offer lasts until May 10.
Apple added a new feature that helps prevent users from purchasing accidental subscriptions to apps. Now there is an extra confirmation step.