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.
iOS 13 officially out, and it brings a privacy feature called Sign In with Apple. Andrew created a template to make it a feature request.
Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines for kids apps and its new Sign In with Apple technology, giving developers more time.
Apple is introducing Billing Grace Period as a way to improve the customer experience surrounding subscriptions.
Apple updated its developer page today, telling developers to get ready for Dark Mode, and providing resources and documentation.
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.
Ryan Christoffel has been testing Sign In with Apple in some beta versions of apps this summer. Using it is as easy as Apple said it would be. And the feature that I hoped would be included will arrive too: Converting your existing logins to Sign In with Apple.
Although Sign In with Apple is mainly beneficial for new users who don’t yet have an account for a given app or service, with the system Apple has built, developers have the option of letting existing users convert their accounts to Sign In with Apple for its convenience and security benefits.
I hope there will be widespread adoption of this. Another thing I wondered: If some companies complain that iOS 13’s location feature is anti-competitive, what will they say about Sign In with Apple?
The iOS URL Scheme is a way for apps to work around the sandbox limitations of the OS. But it can also be taken advantage of.
Apple Developer Academy 2019 is open for applications. 400 students will be chosen to win free training in Naples, Italy, and receive a free iPhone and Mac.
Special prototype iPhones called dev-fused iPhones help security researchers examine Apple’s code.
Although it’s not illegal to create duplicate apps under different names and/or developer accounts, it takes advantage of the App Store.
A hot news item today was the revelation that some apps record your screen to learn what you do within the app. This can be used for testing and troubleshooting. Apple has responded, saying:
In an email, an Apple spokesperson said: Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity.
As I said in my editorial, the fact that developers know what you do within the app isn’t a big deal. The issues, as Apple noted, are: 1. Users don’t know this happens, and this isn’t disclosed in privacy policies; and 2. Sometimes sensitive data isn’t properly redacted.
There are definitely real concerns about this, but it’s not a scandal, and screen recording isn’t an abuse of iOS.
An App Store glitch has messed with app ratings and reviews. Some developers say that up to half of their ratings and reviews have vanished.
After new devices are released, Apple requires app developers to support the new devices within a certain timeframe.
The secret? Silent notifications. But there’s an easy fix.
The App Store has been getting an influx of scam subscriptions. These apps that intentionally trick users into paying for subscriptions.
The giveaway includes in-app purchases, too, and someone are already showing up free, a day early.
With a new software version comes new App Store guidelines, and there are new rules that Apple didn’t publicly announced.