Apple honors World AIDS Day with (RED) apps, products, accessories and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Apple logos on the company’s retail stores around the world have turned bright red today, and that means one thing: it’s honoring the World AIDS Day. In the App Store, Apple and (RED) joined forces with developer Supercell, with 100 percent of proceeds from customers who buy (RED) packs for Supercell’s games going to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

And via its homepage at, the company is inviting customers to help the initiative by purchasing (RED)-branded products like Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Watches and accessories such as Beats headphones, the Smart Cover for the iPad Air and the Smart Case for the iPad Air 2. Read More


How to fix the ‘Redownload Unavailable’ error in the App Store

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2015

Let’s face it; everyone experiences buyers remorse from time to time, which results in a change of heart about a purchase. Then there are those occasions when you regret changing your mind about changing your mind.

That’s what recently happened to me after I requested an App Store refund for an app that I later realized I actually wanted and needed.

Oddly, I encountered a weird error telling me that since I had previously requested a refund for the app, I could no longer purchase it again. That makes no sense. Why would Apple not want to take my money just because I had requested a prior refund?

Whatever the reason for the error, after searching Google, it’s obvious that I’m not the first to encounter this issue. The good news is that fixing the Redownload Unavailable with This Apple ID error is very easy to do… Read More


Is Apple boosting rankings of its own apps on App Store’s Top Free charts?

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

A sneaking suspicion that Apple could be taking advantage of the App Store’s charts to promote its own apps at the expense of others has received a prominent, though inconclusive, confirmation in today’s TechCrunch report.

The publication noticed that multiple Apple apps such as Pages, Keynote and Numbers are being listed on the App Store’s Top Free charts on some iOS 9.1 devices in higher positions than they would normally rank.

These same apps are ranked differently in the App Store within desktop iTunes and on other iOS devices. So, what’s going on here? Read More


How to redeem an Apple TV app promo code

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2015

While it’s possible to receive promo codes for Apple TV apps, it’s not possible to redeem such codes directly from the Apple TV interface itself. Even though the newly released Apple TV is the first iteration of the device capable of running native apps, Apple is keeping the process of promo code redemption limited to iOS or the Mac.

Have you received a promo code for an Apple TV app or game? In this post, we’ll show you how to redeem it. Read More


Apple adding ‘Shopping’ category to iOS App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

Two days after it’s updated the tvOS App Store on the new Apple TV with a Categories section, Apple is now rolling out a brand new section in the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps: Shopping.

TechCrunch is reporting today that in addition to listing apps with built-in support for its mobile payments service, Apple Pay, the Shopping section will include other shopping-themed apps with emphasis on product reviews, price comparisons, auctions and more. Read More


Rayman Fiesta Run for iPhone and iPad slashed to $0 in Apple’s Free App of the Week promo

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2015

Since its November 2013 debut, Ubisoft’s Rayman Fiesta Run has only gone free briefly through an in-app promotion within the Expedia app.

That’s why Apple’s editorial team has decided it was high time to permit everyone to download this game to their devices at no charge, so they’ve made Rayman Fiesta Run free until next Thursday.

This marks the first time the fast-paced platformer has been slashed to zero bucks in the App Store. Taking cues from Rayman Jungle Run, Rayman Fiesta Run has you jumping, flying, punching, running up the walls and more in the wacky new Fiesta world. Read More


Apple adds new Categories section to the Apple TV App Store

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 4, 2015

Good news for Apple TV owners looking for better ways to discover new apps on the App Store. After adding Top Charts, Apple has added a new Categories section to the App Store as well. As of now, the Categories section appears to be a bit limited, so far listing only Games and Entertainment. Eventually, however, we imagine that the Categories section will become even more fleshed out like it is on iOS. Read More


iOS 9 is now powering two-thirds of Apple’s mobile devices in the wild

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2015

Apple’s iOS 9 mobile operating system is now installed on two out of each three iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild just a little over a month and a half following its September 16, 2015 release.

According to the official stats available through the company’s App Store dashboard for developers, iOS 9 is now powering 66 percent of Apple’s mobile devices in active use versus the adoption rate of 61 percent recorded just two weeks ago. Read More


Apple TV App Store now features Top Charts

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 2, 2015

One of the biggest complaints about the new Apple TV is the lack of discovery when it comes to the App Store. The initial version of the App Store only featured three sections: Featured, Puchased, and Search. As such, there is was way to discover great new apps outside of Apple’s own recommendations.

Apple has partially remedied this issue by adding a new Top Charts section to the App Store. This section should prove to be immediately useful for early Apple TV adopters. Although I’m not currently seeing the Top Charts on my Apple TV, even after a reboot and a force quit of the App Store app, it may take some time to propagate to all devices and regions. Read More


How to set up carrier billing as payment method for App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 2, 2015

In October 2015, Apple began rolling out support for carrier billing on iTunes in select markets, starting with Germany. This feature joins the existing payment methods accepted on the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store and permits customers to have apps and media bought through these content stores charged to their monthly mobile phone bill or deducted from their prepaid amount.

If your carrier supports it, you too can opt-in to pay for your iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store purchases—and your Apple Music membership—through mobile phone billing.

In this tutorial, we’re going to cover setting up mobile phone billing as your payment method in the iTunes Store, App Store or iBooks Store. Read More


tvOS App Store is conveniently flagging gamepad-enabled apps

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 2, 2015

Unlike the regular App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad application, a brand new tvOS App Store for Apple’s latest fourth-generation Apple TV makes it easy to distinguish at-a-glance between games that offer support for ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) gamepads and game controllers and those that don’t.

As first observed by AppleInsider over the weekend, not only does the device’s App Store storefront app clearly states whether or not a game supports dedicated MFi game controllers, but compatible controllers can be used to navigate across the entirety of tvOS. Read More


Apple begins shipping new Apple TVs, releases final 9.0 build, and launches App Store

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 29, 2015

Big things are happening with the new Apple TV. Not only have numerous readers received their now shipping notifications, alluding to a Friday arrival, Apple has also made several significant necessary infrastructure changes for tomorrow’s big launch.

First and foremost, the App Store is now live for the Apple TV. Twitter is flowing with screenshots and images of the new Apple TV App Store. Although its discovery elements are still questionable, Apple is probably still in the midst of rolling out the categories section and top charts section. Remember, the actual launch isn’t until tomorrow, so anything can change between now and then.

Secondly, Apple has released the final build of its tvOS software that powers the new Apple TV. In fact, you can download tvOS 9.0 right now. Read More


New Apple TV lacking Siri search for Apple Music and App Store apps

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 29, 2015

As the new Apple TV is scheduled to hit Apple’s retail stores tomorrow, first reviews are now in. Journalists who were given a chance to spend some quality time with review units are praising evolutionary improvements to the living room experience while highlighting untapped potential for the refreshed $149 device.

One of the common complaints focuses on Siri and its inability to search apps for the Apple TV in a dedicated App Store. In addition, reports are noting that users won’t be able to search Apple Music with their voice at launch, the omission Apple claims will be addressed with a software update due at the beginning of next year. Read More


Temporarily unavailable: the App Store is down for some users [u]

By Sébastien Page on Oct 28, 2015

Update: Looks like everything is back to normal.

If you’re trying to download or update an app from the App Store right now, you might be greeted with the unpleasant message that “this feature is temporarily unavailable,” inviting you to try again later. If you are experiencing this issue, know that you aren’t the only one as many have been reporting the exact same problem for over an hour now. Read More


App Store starts experimenting with landscape screenshots and videos

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2015

Apple has seemingly begun experimenting with landscape screenshots and video in the App Store. A handful of App Store apps now offer landscape screenshots, video posters in landscape or both.

Twitter users and SplitMetrics have also noticed the change recently, which impacts the iPhone and is also showing on iTunes. Before the change, landscape App Store screenshots would show in portrait mode, requiring users to turn their head. Read More


iOS 9 now powering 61 percent of devices

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2015

Apple’s latest iOS 9 mobile operating system is now powering a total of 61 percent of active iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild, according to Apple’s official numbers published on its portal for developers.

By comparison iOS 9 was found on 57 percent of devices just two short weeks ago. The latest data point was calculated by monitoring  App Store access on October 19, 2015. Read More


Some App Store apps found to gather personal information, Apple acts swiftly

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2015

As many as 256 iPhone, iPod touch and iPad applications in the App Store, a majority of them from Chinese developers, have been found to violate Apple’s privacy policy by gathering personal information such as email addresses, installed apps and even serial numbers, an analysis by security analytics startup SourceDNA has found out.

In addition, the offending apps, which obviously went under the radar of Apple’s App Store editorial team, have been found to collect other personally identifying information that can be used to track users. Read More


No, it’s not just you; the iTunes Store is experiencing issues [Updated]

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 13, 2015

If you’re having problems downloading apps or installing updates from the App Store, you’re not alone. I am not able to download apps or install updates, and another colleague has verified the same. Also, if you check Apple’s system status page, you’ll see where the iTunes Store is experiencing issues.

This issue appears to be affecting iTunes Store, App Store, and Mac App Store purchases and updates. Best advice? Just be patient until Apple gets things resolved. Read More


Some of the previously pulled apps and games now returning to App Store’s Purchased history

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2015

Many of the iPhone and iPad applications that have vanished from users’ Purchased histories are now returning to the App Store, TouchArcade reports, suggesting the whole brouhaha was but a glitch in the App Store.

Not all of the pulled games have returned, however, though some classics like Ngmoco’s games and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 can now be re-downloaded through the App Store’s Purchased tab again. Read More


Apple: yes, we now remove App Store apps pulled from sale from your Purchased history, too

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2015

Users around the world are noticing that they’re no longer able to re-download older iPhone and iPad apps and games that their developers have removed from sale on the App Store.

The abnormal behavior flies in the face of Apple’s policy of allowing people who bought apps from the App Store to re-download them to other devices through the App Store’s Purchased tab.

As a result, questions arose as to whether this pointed toward a big problem in the App Store. Sadly, as PocketGamer points out, this is definitely a new Apple policy meaning you now have to back up your purchased mobile apps in iTunes to keep them forever. Read More

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