Apple has highlighted its favorite new apps and games from last month in a new Best of April section on the App Store. The best overall app was given to NYT Now, while the award for best overall game went to Leo’s Fortune. There are over a dozen other apps included in two categories for “amazing apps” and “great games,” many of which were released or significantly updated in April. A complete rundown of the apps that made the Best of April list in the United States follows… Read More
App Recap is a daily column that promotes new, updated and on sale apps in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It serves as an extension of the more detailed app coverage that Christian, Cody and others provide during the daytime, highlighting both popular and hidden gem apps with noteworthy changes. It could be a new app that you must absolutely have, or a longtime favorite that has seen a significant reduction in price. Take a look inside for a look at today’s featured apps… Read More
Reddit has long been one of the most popular websites on the Internet, serving as an online discussion board for users to discuss a wide variety of topics. But one thing it has always lacked is an official mobile app — fortunately, that’s about to change. The San Francisco-based company has posted an official job listing within the /r/forhire subreddit, looking for mobile app developers to help create official apps for Reddit… Read More
Facebook has open sourced the Pop animation engine that drives its Paper app, now available in a listing on GitHub.
The Pop engine supports basic static animations, and also has spring and decay dynamic animations for building realistic, physics-based interactions. The Paper app has been praised for its design, and now developers will be able to access the same engine that drives it for their own iOS and OS X apps. Read More
Today is Earth Day and the App Store is conveniently spotlighting some of the finest iPhone and iPad applications for going green, both free and paid ones. Whether you’re into alternative means of transportation, green living in general or environmental awareness, there’s an app for you out there among the more than one million software items available in the App Store.
“We’ve compiled a thought-provoking selection of films, books and podcasts to help you celebrate and care for the planet this Earth Day,” notes Apple. I’ve listed all of the featured apps right below… Read More
I recently found out there is a feature in iTunes that allows you to set up an allowance for someone to have access to a pre-determined amount of money to spend each month in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store.
A perfect illustration of this feature would be the case where parents would be able to set up an allowance for their kids. This way, kids have access to a credit they can spend each month, either on apps, movies, musics, books, etc.
In this post, I will show you how to set up an iTunes allowance so you can send a monthly iTunes Store credit to anyone… Read More
The App Store app is the hub used to download additional apps on an iOS device. Out of the box, the iPhone only comes bundled with a handful of stock apps. The App Store app allows you to choose from hundreds of thousands of apps to download on to your device.
Apps can be anything from productivity tools, to games, to periodicals. There is a wealth of apps available to download in the App Store, and while some may come at a price, many of them are free.
It’s good to become familiar with the App Store’s features, because this is the only place where you can download additional software on a stock iOS device. Check inside as we journey through a detailed explanation of the App Store. Read More
App Store downloads and sales have risen vastly in China, following the deal between Apple and China Mobile to launch the iPhone on the world’s-largest carrier during the first quarter of 2014.
Research website App Annie found in a report released Tuesday morning that China was the key market for iOS App Store growth during the first quarter of 2014, boosting revenue on the China App Store up around 70 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Read More
According to data from March 24, 2014, a whopping 85 percent of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild ran iOS 7 at the time. The figure has now grown to 87 percent device, as per latest App Store numbers.
Although iOS adoption rates are now plateauing following the software’s public release more than six months ago, the two percentage-point difference in two weeks time is nonetheless a notable accomplishment.
I bet Apple’s executives will highlight iOS vs. Android adoption to paint Google’s platform as highly fragmented, but there’s more to data than meets the eye. Read on for more context… Read More
In the next 24 hours, Apple will be making a few changes to price tiers available to iOS developers as a result of fluctuating foreign exchange rates.
The adjustments will affect seven countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Israel, with most of the affected markets set to experience price hikes due to the weak local currency.
The firm has adjusted App Store prices a few times in the past and these changes are no different.
The company has informed registered iOS developers of the retail price changes via an email communiqué today… Read More
Following today’s long expected release of the Office for iPad applications, Apple’s boss Tim Cook issued a nice tweet welcoming Word, Excel and PowerPoint into the App Store. Returning the favor, Microsoft’s newly installed chief executive Satya Nadella took to Twitter to thank Cook, saying he was “excited to bring the magic of Office to iPad customers”.
Redmond couldn’t have wished for a better endorsement than this!
So, why are these powerful Silicon Valley executives droning politely on to each other, do you think? And how come Cook is promoting Office for iPad even though the software competes squarely with Apple’s own iWork suite, free with iDevice purchases?
Could it be because folks at Cupertino are getting their standard 30 percent cut on Office 365 subscriptions sold within the app… Read More
Following numerous probes by government agencies and looming class action lawsuits the company is now facing around the world, Apple is finally reaching out to customers to inform them they may be entitled to refunds concerning unwanted in-app purchases made by minors due to weak iOS Restrictions at the time.
Last year, the iPhone maker reluctantly settled with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding in-app purchases, agreeing to compensate consumers and modify its in-app billing system by March 31 to make things a little clearer for its customers… Read More
With over a million apps now available in the App Store, discovering software related to your needs outside the charts and featured sections increasingly feels like finding a needle in the haystack. Apple two years ago bought a company called Chomp, presumably to make app discovery easier, but thus far the acquisition – apart from a few functional tweaks here and there – hasn’t yielded visible improvements to how folks discover iPhone and iPad applications.
Then on Tuesday, one developer noticed a sweet new feature in the App Store storefront on his iPhone which offers a way to filter search results based on Apple-provided suggestions. I was able to test this on my iPhone 5s and though the feature appears a bit rough around the edges, it pretty much works as you’d expect.
Read on for the full reveal… Read More
Apple has created a new section in the App Store to feature iPhone and iPad games by independent devs.
Titled ‘Indie Game Showcase’ and available on iTunes here, the section highlights such highly acclaimed titles as Year Walk ($3.99) by Simogo, an eerie adventure game based on the ancient Swedish phenomena of year walking, Space Invaders Infinity Gene ($4.99) by Taito, Bumpy Road ($2.99) by developer Simogo Handelsbolag and more… Read More
The ‘Near Me’ tab—which appears at the bottom of the App Store app in iOS 7—allows you to see what apps are most popular around your location. I’ve found the feature to be quite worthless and generally filled with local news apps that I’d never consider using.
With that in mind, wouldn’t it be cool if you could get rid of the Near Me tab altogether? That’s the premise behind a new jailbreak tweak entitled NoNearMe; it allows you to hide the Near Me tab using a simple Cydia install. Have a look inside as we show you how the tweak works on video. Read More
Apple has pushed a pair of tiny updates to its two Apple Store clients (iPhone and iPad versions are separate downloads) this afternoon. The updates bring the two apps to version 2.9.2 and 1.1.1 respectively, and include various improvements.
On the iPhone side, Apple has improved notifications for folks using the app in retail stores—users can now view notifications from within the app and on the Lock screen. And as for the iPad, Apple has added the ability to gift card purchases… Read More
Oxford Dictionary named ‘selfie’ its Word of the Year for 2013, and it’s not hard to see why. The act of taking a selfie—a photo taken of you, by you—has moved on from bathroom mirrors and is now at the Oscars and the red carpet of the Prince’s Trust Awards—you name it.
Perhaps looking to capitalize on the hype, Apple has launched a new section in its App Store specifically for apps that specialize in taking self portraits. Aptly named ‘Sharing Selfies,’ the section highlights various apps like Snapchat, Frontback, FaceTune and Selfie Cam… Read More
It’s been nearly three weeks since developer Dong Nguyen pulled Flappy Bird from the App Store, but its presence is still very much felt in the Top Charts. It seems every other day another clone of Nguyen’s hit game pops up in the list of the most popular apps.
That’s not too surprising though, considering that according to The Guardian, a big chunk of new iOS games are Flappy Bird clones. How big of a chunk? Well, looking at a group of 300 new games over 24 hours, the outlet says that one-third were FB knockoffs… Read More
Apple has named Square Enix’s ‘Mini Ninjas’ game its App of the Week for this week. This means that through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the application for both your iPhone and iPad, for free—a nice little savings of $1.
For those unfamiliar with the game, it’s an endless runner based on the console game of the same name. In it you’ll play as Hiro, as you run jump and slash your way through various levels to retrieve a stolen artifact from the drag… Read More
Apple has posted an update for its iTunes Connect portal this evening. Developers use this portal to track and manager their App Store apps, and tonight’s update has brought about a new Sales and Trends sections that allows them to better parse sales data.
The move should appease developers, who have long-complained that the iTunes Connect portal lacked useful reporting tools. In fact, many developers have forgone using iTunes Connect entirely for app figures, opting for other analytics services like App Annie… Read More