Apple reopens iTunes Connect after holiday shutdown, here come app updates

By Jake Smith on Dec 31, 2014

Apple announced Tuesday evening that its iTunes Connect portal is now open again after shortly shutting down for the holidays, allowing developers to once again manage their apps with price changes, updates, and more.  Read More

 

Twitter expands ads into “Following” list, drama unfolds

By Jake Smith on Dec 30, 2014

Twitter has ramped up the use of advertising within its mobile apps – this time in your “Following” list. Go ahead and take a look, you might find some brands or people showing up on the list, even if you don’t follow them. Read More

 

Apple puts into effect 14-day return policy on digital purchases in Europe

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 29, 2014

Apple typically handles refunds of digital purchases on a case-by-case basis and with an “All Sales Final” provision. But now, Apple’s reportedly switched to a 14-day return policy for movies, TV shows, music, books and apps in most European markets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France, German blog iFun.de [Google Translate] reported Monday.

Apple’s updated policy in these countries states that customers can now cancel their digital purchase within fourteen days from when they received their receipt “without giving any reason,” with the exception of iTunes Match, Season Pass, Multi-Pass and iTunes Gift Cards and Allowances that can’t be refunded once you have redeemed the code or activated the service. Read More

 

Apple’s Beats Music reportedly wants to fuel engagement with exclusive album releases

By Jake Smith on Dec 28, 2014

Apple’s Beats Music, with Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre at the helm, is looking to form partnerships with artists for exclusive releases, mirroring success iTunes has had in the past, reports New York Post.

Specific artists haven’t been named, however Beats Music has strong partnerships with artists already, from its promotion and endorsements of Beats headphones. Nicki Minaj frequently stars with Beats products in her music videos. Will.i.am, Pharrell, Kanye West and Gwen Stefani are said to be friends of Iovine and Beats lovers. Read More

 

Twitter for iOS adds analytics, tracking impressions and engagement

By Jake Smith on Dec 22, 2014

Twitter unveiled on Monday that it’s added detailed analytics to its official iOS app, allowing users to track engagement with their tweets and profile.

The update is rolling out now on the iTunes App Store. Viewing analytics is as simple as clicking on your tweet, going to its detail page, and tapping “View Tweet Activity.” Read More

 

Watch ABC Apple TV app updated with full-length episodes one week after air

By Jake Smith on Dec 18, 2014

ABC announced on Thursday its Watch ABC app on the Apple TV has been updated with full-length episodes after they air, along with a new bolder, immersive look and feel, more short form video, and a continuous play mode. Read More

 

Apple switching to per-country VAT across App Stores in Europe

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

Apple is changing its pricing scheme across European App Stores, switching from the previously same VAT rate it imposed across the entire European Union to a country-specific model, iMore reported.

Apps European customers purchase on their local App Store previously had an Irish 22 percent VAT on them. With this change taking effect soon, Apple will be now calculating app prices based on whatever VAT is used in each customer’s home country. Read More

 

Apple once again reverses decision, brings Draft’s Today widget back on App Store

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Apple has once again reversed its decision on removing an app’s feature because of its functionality within Notification Center on iOS.

As we reported earlier this month, even though the app Drafts had already been through Apple’s approval process and downloaded by users, Apple contacted the developer Greg Pierce, saying he must re-submit the app without the buttons to create drafts or open the app. Now that’s not the case.

On Wednesday, Pierce released an updated version of Drafts adding the buttons back. Can Apple not make up its mind? Read More

 

Get your apps in: Apple shutting down iTunes Connect December 22 – 29

By Jake Smith on Dec 3, 2014

Apple announced to developers on Wednesday evening it will be shutting down its iTunes Connect service December 22 to December 29 as part of the holidays.

In an email to registered developers, Apple said: “During this time, you will not be able to submit new apps, updates, or In-App Purchases.” While the connect service will be shutdown, Apple will allow developers to schedule app releases and price changes during the December 22 to December 29 period.  Read More

 

Apple to host Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump at SoHo Store tomorrow to talk Garage Band

By Jake Smith on Dec 3, 2014

Apple announced that it will be hosting Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump at its Apple Store in SoHo New York, as part of its Apps for (RED) promotion to benefit the fight against AIDS in Africa.  Read More

 

Apple’s appeal to trademark ‘App Store’ in Australia tossed out of the window

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2014

It looks like Apple has been unsuccessfully in its appeal to trademark the term ‘App Store’ in Australia on basis that its application does not distinguish the applicant on its own, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported.

According to court documents, Justice Yates on Wednesday ruled that Apple’s appeal be dismissed and that the company pay the court costs of the Registrar of Trade Marks.

To get you up to speed, the Registrar of Trade Marks initially refused to greenlight Apple’s proposed ‘App Store’ trademark in March of last year because it was “too descriptive,” prompting the California firm to appeal the decision in the Federal Court. Read More

 

Twitter adds new filters for photos taken on Twitter for iPhone

By Jake Smith on Dec 2, 2014

Twitter announced on Tuesday it has begun rolling out new photo filters for its Twitter for iPhone app, in a continued effort to draw attention away from Facebook-owned Instagram.  Read More

 

Apple threatens removal of another Notification Center widget from App Store, this time Drafts

By Jake Smith on Dec 2, 2014

Apple is about to force the removal of yet another Notification Center widget from the App Store, this time saying the Today view is for information presentation only and not buttons.

The Drafts 4 app, which contains the widget in question, once enabled users of the app to create new documents by simply pressing a button in Notification Center to launch the text editor app. Not anymore, says Tim Cook and Co.  Read More

 

Grab Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon for free

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2014

Lost in the sea of Black Friday holiday deals and discounts on tons of Mac, iPhone and iPad apps and accessories, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is now available at no cost through Thursday, courtesy of Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion. That’s a savings of $4.99 for the iPhone and iPad download.

In this action-role playing extravaganza, Marvel’s cosmic antiheroes face Roman, Nebula and other familiar foes.

The game features cartoonish visuals, familiar characters like Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax, in addition to piles of unlockable ones such as Beta Ray Bill, a story co-written by comic-book scribe Dan Abnett and much more.

I know what you’re thinking so I’m happy to report that there are no In-App Purchases in this game and no Internet connection is required to play. Read More

 

App Store changes ‘Free’ button to ‘Get’

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2014

Apple’s App Store in the United States and elsewhere has changed the “Free” button to “Get”, as first noted by Sebastián Salazar on Twitter. The new “Get” button now appears in the App Store on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, as well as in the App Store section of iTunes for Windows and Mac.

As Salazar noted, the change may be in response to the avalanche of freemium software models that have been dominating mobile application stores for quite some time now. Read More

 

Apple adds UnionPay as a new payment option for App Store customers in China

By Sébastien Page on Nov 16, 2014

Apple announced Sunday night in a press release that the company has added UnionPay as a payment option for the App Store in China. Having issued over 4.5 billion UnionPay cards to date both in China and abroad, China UnionPay is the major bankcard network in the People’s Republic. According to the press release, UnionPay customers will be able to easily link their Apple ID with a UnionPay debit or credit card for one-tap purchases.  Read More

 

Apple says iOS 8 adoption nearing 60%

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2014

The adoption rate for iOS 8 is slowly starting to pick up, according to Apple. As noted by MacRumors, the company tonight updated its developer portal with a new graph showing that the latest major revision of its mobile software is now on 56% of compatible devices.

This is good news for Apple, as the initial adoption rate for iOS 8 was embarrassingly low for a company that likes to tout the figure. In October, iOS 8 was believed to be installed on just 47% of compatible devices, compared to 70% for iOS 7 in the same time a year ago. Read More

 

Apple changes its mind again, will allow calculator widgets in Notification Center after all

By Sébastien Page on Oct 30, 2014

Yes. No. YES!

These three words sum up the situation of PCalc, a powerful calculator app that features a Notification Center widget, whose developer was asked by Apple yesterday to remove as it apparently wasn’t in line with App Store rules.

Today, it appears that Apple has changed its mind (again), as TechCrunch reports that they’ve been “hearing that Apple is changing its course. The PCalc app and widget will remain in the App Store, and all calculator-type widgets will be allowed as well, an Apple spokesperson has confirmed to us.”

So what gives? Read More

 

Pandora, Spotify beating Apple’s Beats handsomely on App Store

By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014

Pandora and Spotify rank as the number one and number two music streaming apps in terms of downloads, analytics firm AppAnnie reports – no big surprise. However, where things become interesting is that Apple’s Beats Music, which the company purchased for $3 billion in May, is placed ninth, below iHeartRadio, SoundCloud and Apple’s GarageBand. Read More

 

Taco Bell’s new iOS app makes fast food… faster

By Jake Smith on Oct 28, 2014

Many social media users were intrigued when Taco Bell’s social media accounts went dark on Tuesday, fearing the worst. Luckily, it was just Taco Bell announcing a major overhaul to its iOS app that allows customers to order and pay for food on their smartphones before even setting foot in the fast food chain. Read More