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.
The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced it will investigate Apple over antitrust concerns about the App Store.
In the future, I hope Apple puts restrictions on the kind of app tracking developers use. We already have Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention. I’d like to see that for the App Store.
SDKs present a solution to Apple’s pesky tracking restriction for advertisers. They can connect who you are between apps, provided the developer of each app uses the same SDK and the advertiser is able to use signals to figure out who you are. If we look at the top 200 apps on the iOS App Store, it’s interesting to see how broad the reach of most SDKs actually is.
Morgan Stanley shared some data that show App Store downloads fell 5%, its first decline since 2015. CNBC’s Kif Lessing wrote a Twitter thread.
M.G. Siegler’s views on Apple are always worth reading. As we wait for the ‘It’s Show Time’ event on Monday, he looked at one of the most pressing issues the company is having to tackle – the cut it takes of purchases made through its platforms. He said that while it will add complexity, things like the 30% App Store cut need revisiting.
The 30% cut is under assault from multiple angles. Spotify is the most high-profile example — antitrust complaints tend to do that — but it was hardly the first or the only grievance in this regard. Multiple businesses across multiple sectors are now vocally complaining about such a cut — and some, from small developers, to the biggest of the behemoths like Amazon and Netflix, are balking at coughing up such a bounty to Apple. Meanwhile digital stores from other companies are revisiting their own cuts. Competition is doing its job.
Today through Thursday, March 14, you can get a 10% bonus when you add Apple ID funds via an iOS device or a Mac.
Although it’s not illegal to create duplicate apps under different names and/or developer accounts, it takes advantage of the App Store.
Casey Newton wrote a defense of Facebook/attack of Apple, because of the Facebook Research app that got banned.
But for all the attention we’re paying to Facebook’s moves here, I hope we spare at least as much for Apple. If Tim Cook can wreak this much havoc on Facebook’s day, however justified, just imagine what power Apple holds over the rest of us.
That power is App Store rules, which Facebook willfully ignored. We should be glad that big companies have to follow the same rules as small companies. If you’re a Facebook employee unable to use internal apps, don’t be mad at Apple. Instead, be mad at your employer who was willing to throw it all away in order to take advantage of children.
Despite lagging iPhone sales, Apple’s services business is booming.
Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to discuss what Mr. Kheit calls the pornification of software. They also look back at and grade Apple’s new product releases in 2018. It being these two, they are surprisingly upbeat, while still being cranky as can be.
WireGuard, the supposedly faster and more secure VPN protocol, is now available for free on iOS devices via the App Store.
There is no option to do so in the App Store, so it’s not clear how Apple will handle this. Maybe there will be a new option when you tap the three dots icon next to an app.
Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Peter Cohen to discuss Apple’s cloud services, including the ones they do really well and the ones that suck. They also talk about password management and practices, and look at Apple’s leadership team 8 years after Steve Jobs’s passing.
For a limited time when you add Apple ID funds you can get a 10% bonus. The special offer ends Thursday, December 20.