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.
17 apps from iOS developer AppAspect Technologies Pvt. Ltd. were found to contain clicker malware that automatically clicked on ads.
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s recent decision to pull an app used by Hong Kong protestors.
Amazon Prime Video was removed from the App Store today due to some kind of technical issue. But it will return soon.
Amazon Prime Video is currently unavailable in the App Store across iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Amazon had updated the iOS version of the app shortly before it was removed from the App Store, but it is unclear why the app was pulled or whether this is a temporary move.
Update: MacRumors has been informed this was a technical issue and the app should be back up shortly.
Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss apps vanishing from App Stores, and how Siri can now use third party apps.
Apple recently removed a Hong Kong protest app from the App Store, saying that it encouraged users to break the law.
Apple released developer news today saying that due to changes in foreign exchange rates, App Store prices will increase in Kazakhstan and Sweden.
Once this change goes into effect, the Pricing and Availability section of My Apps will be updated. You can change the price of your apps and in-app purchases (including auto-renewable subscriptions) at any time in App Store Connect. For subscriptions, you have the option to preserve prices for existing subscribers.
See this PDF for a list of updated App Store pricing for these regions.
There are reports of an alternative App Store that doesn’t require jailbreaking. It’s called AltStore, and it lets you download these alternative apps via a server you install on your Mac. While the developer says that the code for AltStore is open source, that doesn’t mean the apps within are. I urge caution about installing unknown apps outside of the App Store. If they can’t make it through the app review team, there’s probably a reason for that. For example, this quote from the blog:
From the beginning, AltStore was intended to serve as a way for developers to distribute entirely new apps that push the boundaries of iOS in ways not possible with Apple’s app review system.
Hopefully, “pushing the boundaries” doesn’t include apps full of malware.
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.