Shazam updates iOS apps with rewritten Spotify integration & watchOS 2 support

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 26, 2016

Shazam has released an update on Tuesday for its iOS apps in the App Store with some notable improvements to the way the apps integrate with Spotify, one of the more popular third-party music-streaming services that can be had on the iOS platform, as well as support for watchOS 2 on the Apple Watch. Read More

 

PDF to Word: convert PDF files to Word files on iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 18, 2016

If you deal regularly with PDF files, and often use word processors such as Microsoft Word to edit your text documents, then an app called PDF to Word from the App Store could easily become your new best friend.

This app lets you easily convert PDF files to Word files (DOCX) so that you can edit them in Microsoft Word for iOS or on Microsoft Word on your computer. In this tutorial, we’ll go through the process of using the app and show you just how easy this process can be. Read More

 

New in iOS 9.3: Peek and Pop within App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 14, 2016

The forthcoming iOS 9.3 software update expands the number of 3D Touch shortcuts available on the Home screen for Apple’s stock apps, and it also brings shortcuts for the first time to legacy apps such as Compass and Stocks.

iPhone 6s owners will appreciate a pair of new Home screen shortcuts for the App Store that are self-explanatory: Update All and Purchased. But as it turns out, that’s not all: iOS 9.3 also enables Peek and Pop gestures to apps within the App Store. Read More

 

MacID’s ‘Tap to Unlock’ makes logging into your Mac even faster

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 9, 2016

Probably one of my most-used applications on my Mac is MacID, which I use on a daily basis to unlock my Mac without ever using the keyboard to enter a password. The application works in two ways – these include allowing you to use your iPhone or iPad’s Touch ID sensor to log into your Mac, or using a secret ‘Tap to Unlock’ gesture on the multi-touch trackpad (or Magic Trackpad/Magic Trackpad 2) to log into your Mac.

Both ways can save a ton of time, and reduce wear and tear on your keyboard, but in this tutorial, we’ll focus on how you can set up ‘Tap to Unlock’ in MacID on your Mac. Read More

 

Atomas: a fun game I can’t put down, and here’s why

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 8, 2016

A lot of times when downloading and trying out games from the App Store, I find myself dissatisfied with the game just minutes or hours after playing it. It’s not always easy to find those hidden gems that Apple fails to give the spotlight to, but when stumbling across one, I’ll easily get addicted to the game and not want to put the game down.

One such game is Atomas, which is a beautifully-crafted puzzle game by Max Gittel that is centered around the elements of the periodic table and allows you to combine groups of like elements with lower atomic numbers to form elements with larger atomic numbers. Read More

 

Apple announces ‘biggest ever’ holiday for App Store with $1.1 billion sales in two weeks

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2016

Apple on Wednesday announced that its App Store has had the biggest holiday ever with a record-breaking $1.1 billion revenue in the two weeks ending January 3, as customers increased their spending on apps and In-App Purchases, setting back-to-back weekly records for traffic and purchases.

“January 1, 2016 marked the biggest day in App Store history with customers spending over $144 million,” said Apple. “It broke the previous single-day record set just a week earlier on Christmas Day.” Read More

 

App Store acting up and not showing updates correctly? Try this workaround…

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 4, 2016

Have you experienced an annoying hiccup in the App Store where it shows that one or more apps need updating but you can’t actually apply the updates? Or perhaps the App Store’s icon on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad’s Home screen is showing a badge even though you’ve just successfully downloaded all app updates?

I first noticed this odd behavior back in the summer and thought it was a temporary problem that would get fixed soon, but it persisted. As it turns out, this is a caching issue that can be easily circumvented with a simple, cool trick. Read More

 

Universal apps with Apple TV support now being recognized on the App Store

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 11, 2015

It looks as if Apple is beginning to roll a feature that will help identify universal apps on the App Store featuring Apple TV compatibility. As first spotted by iFun.de and picked up by MacRumors, the feature appears to still be in the roll out phase.

Apps with Apple TV support are currently displaying a SF.UniversalAppleTV notation on the app’s Details page in the App Store, but that appears to be a placeholder that will eventually be replaced with a simple “Apple TV”. Read More

 

Apple pushes intrusive iPhone 6s ad to some users inside the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2015

Twitter is on fire with reports from disgruntled users who were taken aback after witnessing a full-screen iPhone 6s ad taking over the App Store on their devices. The ad is, of course, from Apple itself and was conceived to persuade owners of pre-iPhone 6s models to upgrade to the ”ridiculously powerful” iPhone 6s.

The pop-up ad is full-screen and asks users to “Learn More,” which takes them to the iPhone 6s webpage on Apple’s website, or “Upgrade Now.”

The latter option redirects users to the the Buy iPhone 6s page inside the official Apple Store app, if installed. Want to get back to what your were doing? That’ll require tapping a dedicated button to dismiss the ad.

So, what’s going on here? Read More

 

Apple releases Best of 2015 charts on iTunes

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2015

Apple on Wednesday posted its annual Best of 2015 charts on iTunes. “We debated. We argued. Everyone had favorites, but to make this list of 2015’s finest, there could be no doubts,” wrote the company. “What you see here made the cut—they’re the most visionary, inventive and irresistible apps and games of the year.”

Apple named Twitter-owned Periscope the App of the Year and Square Enix’s excellent Lara Croft GO its Game of the Year.

Workflow, the popular iOS automation app, is listed as the Most Innovative App of 2015 and Dark Echo the Most Innovative Game of 2015. Facebook-owned Instagram is the Best App on iPhone 6s while Pixel Toys’ Warhammer: 40,000 Freeblade took home the Best Game on iPhone 6s award, thanks to immersive 3D Touch controls.

Here’s the full list of titles the topped Apple’s charts in 2015. Read More

 

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 Apple.com, 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 buyer’s 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?

The error reads “This redownload is not available for this Apple ID either because it was bought by a different user or the item was refunded or cancelled.”

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

 
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