Announced as part of a help document listed in iTunes Connect, Apple will now allow developers to offer pre-orders for upcoming applications across all of Apple’s platforms.
First noted by MacStories, the policy has already gone into effect and a few apps available for pre-order have started to appear on the App Store.
For free apps, when pre-ordered, buyers will be notified when the app is available and it will be downloaded to their device. For paid apps, it works the same, though they will be charged once the app is released, and before it is downloaded.
Making an app available for pre-order is exceedingly easy for developers. They simply must choose a date between 2 and 90 days in the future, and select “make available for pre-order” inside of the Pricing and Availability section of iTunes Connect.
This appears to be a larger rollout of the notify feature we saw some time ago for the first time with Super Mario Run when it launched on the App Store.
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