With iOS app developers making over $10 billion in 2014, it seems like everyone wants a piece of the pie. There are already 1.4 million apps on the App Store made by dev-houses big and small, with thousands of new developers adding to the ecosystem each year. If you capitalize on this deal from the iDB Deals store, you could be one of them, and maybe get a slice of that $10 billion pie.
With the technology and resources available, it’s relatively easy and accessible to become an app developer yourself. The first and most difficult step, however, is learning how to program and develop iOS apps. That’s where this deal comes in: the Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developer Course contains over 70 hours of content to teach you how to develop for iOS. Read More
Apple is determined to make the App Store a safe playground for children and has begun enforcing its own long-standing which requires that app icons, screenshots and video previews adhere to the 4+ age rating, PocketGamer reports.
Developers who do not censor the App Store marketing material will see their apps rejected from the store. A few devs corroborated Apple’s intent to make the App Store family-friendly and inoffensive.
Some of the developers who voiced their concern include Tempo developer Splash Damage, creators of Gang Nations and Bullet Rush and many others. Read More
Pinterest, a visual discovery and sharing service, wants to make installing apps a frictionless process so yesterday they announced a new feature created in partnership with Apple, called App Pins.
In a nutshell, App Pins are special types of posts on Pinterest that feature an “Install” button. Tapping the button serves up iOS’s standard App Store preview sheet with related app information, allowing users to install an app right there and then, without having to leave Pinterest. Read More
Twitter and Google have struck a deal that will allow the microblogging network’s 140-character tweets to appear in search results. The deal is believed to help Twitter reach more non-users, and at the same time, allow searchers to gain more real-time information.
Bloomberg reports that tweets will begin appearing in Google within the first half of this year, and tweets will start to be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they’re posted, thanks to a deal giving the Web company access to Twitter’s firehose. Read More
Sports apparel company Under Armour announced on Wednesday that it’s adding two mobile fitness apps to its arsenal: MyFitnessPal for $475 million and Endomondo for $85 million. The two apps could be what the company needs to continue to go after the Nike+ app that’s relatively popular on the App Store. Read More
Twitter is working to cater to new users and make it easier for them to get started with the service with an instant timeline feature. Instead of requiring new users to go out and follow Twitter users on their own, the instant timeline feature brings in content without going through the traditional setup process.
After Twitter scans your contacts in the signup phase, it will automatically present new Twitter users tweets based on who their contacts are and who they follow on Twitter. Essentially, Twitter is guessing which accounts and topics might interest you. Read More
Twitter has rolled out a big update to its iOS app, adding group direct messaging and the ability to shoot video directly within the app.
The new direct messaging tool changes up the feature that’s been around since 2008. It’s a move to make messaging a larger part of the platform. The group function lets you start conversations with any of your followers, and they don’t all need to follow one another in order to chat. You can create a group by simply tapping a few names. Read More
Stanford has made its ‘Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift’ course available on iTunes U on Monday, helping beginners gain an understanding of Apple’s new programming language.
The course is available to download for free, and Stanford says you should have C language and object-oriented programming experience already to make the most of the course. Read More
The rate at which people are upgrading their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices to iOS 8 is slowing in the post-holiday season. As noted on Apple’s own App Store Distribution support page, though iOS 8 adoption is edging toward the 70 percent milestone it’s barely hit the 69 percent mark on Tuesday.
That’s a rather paltry one percentage point jump over an adoption rate of 68 percent as measured just two weeks ago. And by comparison, that figure was a healthy four percentage points increase over the previous December 22 update. Read More
Khan Academy, often called the go-to place for online learning, has finally launched on the iPad to provide its education tools to students, and really anyone who wants to learn the material from a 10-inch screen.
The non-profit has had an iOS app since 2012, but now has launched a completely redesigned iPad app that features 150,000 learnings exercises, so users can launch them natively instead of having to pull up a webpage. Read More
Apple sent an email to registered developers who are registered in Crimea on Sunday terminating their developer agreement with Apple and ceasing the development and distribution of apps. Read More
Following Apple’s price increases on the European iTunes App Store last week, auto-renewing subscriptions for in-app content in Europe have been turned off if any of the pricing tiers were changed.
It’s a move by Apple to stop charging users more than they agreed to, however Apple has not notified users or developers of the change, which could leave havoc to developers’ revenues for a few weeks until users figure it out themselves. Read More
Microsoft-owned Skype announced a new pre-release program for its iOS app on Wednesday, aimed at its most engaged users.
The company said in a blog post that users accepted into the pre-release program will get access to early versions of Skype in exchange for their regular feedback and NDA signature. Skype is limiting access to those 18 or older and who have a valid email address and Skype or Microsoft Account. Read More
Google Play had more apps than the Apple iTunes Store at the end of 2014, marking a big change for app community, a new study from appFigures said on Tuesday.
It said Google surpassed Apple for total number of apps with 1.43 million compared to 1.21 million. The apps come from roughly 390,000 Android app developers and 280,000 iOS developers, those of which have to pay $99 a year to be a part of Apple’s Developer Center. Read More
Spotify now has 15 million subscribers paying for its premium features and 60 million active users total, the music streaming giant announced on its blog on Monday.
The new numbers on Monday compare to number two months ago when the company said it had 12.5 million paying users out of 50 million subscribers, showing impressive growth for the latter number. Read More