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

 

Many more high-profile games being pulled from App Store and removed from purchase histories

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2015

A bunch of premium iPhone, iPod touch and iPad games from major publishers such as Electronics Arts, Telltale Games, Capcom, Sega, 2K Games and many others have been removed from both the App Store and customers’ purchase histories without notice, TouchArcade cautioned.

As a result, those who had bought a game can no longer access or re-download it unless it was already installed on their device. No explanation for the removal from customer purchase history was provided in spite of media requests. Read More

 

Apple bans iFixit from App Store over tearing apart unreleased 4th generation Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

Those prolific electronics wizards over at iFixit have found out the hard way that breaking Apple’s NDA has consequences. The site fell out of favor with Apple after posting a teardown analysis of an unreleased 4th generation Apple TV with Siri Remote.

According to iFixit itself, not only has Apple yanked their iPhone app from the App Store but also banned their developer account. iFixit’s Apple TV unit was obtained as part of development kits provided to some developers who were selected to take part in Apple’s early access program. Read More

 

Apple lists top 25 apps infected by XcodeGhost

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 24, 2015

Apple today refreshed its official XcodeGhost FAQ webpage, listing the top 25 iPhone and iPad apps on the App Store that contain the widely reported though mostly harmless XcodeGhost malware.

In addition to WeChat, one of the top messaging apps in the world, Rovio’s Angry Birds 2 and China Unicom’s Customer Service app, most of the listed apps are distributed on the Chinese App Store only.

“If users have one of these apps, they should update the affected app which will fix the issue on the user’s device,” writes the company. “If the app is available on App Store, it has been updated, if it isn’t available it should be updated very soon.”

Apple has pulled many of the infected apps and said it’s working closely with developers to get impacted apps back on the App Store. Read More

 

Apple to offer local Xcode downloads in China, posts official XcodeGhost malware FAQ

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2015

The XcodeGhost malware couldn’t have arrived at worst time for Apple as the company prepares to launch its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus tomorrow. The company has already removed the App Store apps infected by the malware, which has been found to inject its payload into apps compiled with compromised copies of Xcode that were distributed on non-Apple servers in China.

Wednesday, the Cupertino firm has confirmed plans to mitigate the threat by hosting local Xcode downloads within China. In addition, Apple has posted an XcodeGhost FAQ webpage on its Chinese website detailing the XcodeGhost malware and how customers might be affected by it. Read More

 

Apple educates developers on validating Xcode downloads following XcodeGhost malware attack

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2015

A new type of attack called XcodeGhost is wreaking something of a mini-havoc in the App Store, injecting its malware payload into popular iPhone and iPad apps and prompting Apple to pull the infected apps.

The malware itself is pretty harmful—it collects and sends information about your device—but the method of spreading is cunning. Rather than target the App Store itself, attackers have distributed hacked versions of Xcode, Apple’s tool required for iOS and OS X development.

As Xcode is a multi-gigabyte download, developers in countries like China where Internet speeds are slow have downloaded these modified Xcode builds from non-Apple sources without realizing a hacked Xcode injects malware when compiling apps.

This morning, Apple issued an email to developers providing an update on the XcodeGhost situation while laying out easy-to-follow instructions for checking if their Xcode copy has been tampered with. Read More

 

Apple begins removing apps infected with the XcodeGhost malware

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 20, 2015

Apple is fully aware of the recent malware attack on several of its App Store apps, according to an Apple rep that spoke with Reuters via email. It has begun removing all known apps that have been infected, and is working with developers affected by the breach.

XcodeGhost, as we told you about yesterday, is malware that is attached to several legitimate App Store apps. The apps were infected due to using an illegitimate version of Xcode, which was downloaded from a third-party server in China. Most of the infected apps are of Chinese origin, but there are a few apps impacted, WeChat to name one, that are popular in other territories. Read More

 

EA silently pulls nearly two dozen classic iPhone and iPad games from App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2015

Electronics Arts, the world’s top developer and publisher of video games and one of the most prolific makers of mobile games for the iPhone and iPad, has quietly removed a bunch of classic iOS titles from both the App Store and Google’s Play store.

As first reported by TouchArcade, hit games such as the original Real Racing, Need for Speed Shift, Flight Control, Mass Effect: Infiltrator and many more can no longer be purchased in the App Store, nor will they be supported going forward. Read More

 

Apple rolls out brand new Twitter account dedicated to App Store games

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2015

The App Store has been on Twitter since September 2009 but as of today, a new curated Twitter account dedicated to highlighting the App Store games is available as well. It’s now yet known whether gaming-related tweets will now be exclusively posted on @AppStoreGames alone or retweeted on @AppStore but it’s an encouraging sign of Apple’s mobile gaming prowess.

“Embrace the future of gaming,” reads the account’s bioline. “Straight from our Games Editors.” Read More

 
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