Apple Store app updated: now universal, with revamped icon and new shopping features

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 4, 2014

Apple has just updated its official Apple Store shopping application for iOS, now at last provided as a universal binary with a brand new Home screen icon and a few new fancy features to go with it, starting with an all-new design on the iPhone and iPod touch that takes cues from the iPad edition with a much simplified navigation and excellent use of high-resolution product imagery.

Another new feature allows you to start shopping on one device and finish on another, or even on your Mac or Windows PC, because the application now remembers the state of your shopping cart across platforms. Read More


Minimalistic puzzle game Bicolor goes temporarily free via Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

Concluding its four-week promotion celebrating the life of a college student, the beautiful minimalistic puzzle game Bicolor has gone free for a week inside Apple’s official Apple Store client for the iPhone and iPad (not to be confused with the App Store).

Created by 1Button and released on May 1, Bicolor includes 180 handmade levels, each consisting of just two colors. Bicolor tasks you with completing various patterns in order to clear the board and progress to the next level.

Priced at 99 cents in the App Store, Bicolor is free for the next seven days exclusively through the Apple Store app. Read More


Beautiful iOS calculator Tydlig goes temporarily free in official Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2014

Apple is celebrating the life of a college student so they’re giving away one education-themed app each week via the official Apple Store client for the iPhone and iPad.

Although some other promo offers are available only to Apple Store visitors, anyone who has downloaded the free shopping app to their device and has a U.S.-based iTunes account can now download Tydlig for free.

Note that these promos are separate from Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week so iOS apps which go temporarily free in the Apple Store app still cost money when accessed regularly in the App Store via their iTunes links.

In the past two weeks, two high-quality apps have gone temporarily via the Apple Store app (not to be confused with the App Store): the gorgeous Rise Alarm Clock and Runtastic Pro, a premium version of the popular fitness tracking software.

If you love calculators, the advanced Tydlig for the iPhone and iPad will be free until next Wednesday, a $2.99 saving.

Here’s how you can redeem your free copy of Tydlig… Read More


Runtastic Pro is temporarily free in Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

Runtastic Pro, which normally sells for $4.99, has gone free exclusively through Apple’s free Apple Store application for the iPhone and iPad (not to be confused with the App Store). The official Apple Store app is a sleek and awesome way to browse thousands of products carried on Apple’s online and brick-and-mortar stores. It also offers exclusive deals: not just to Apple Store visitors, but to anyone who has downloaded the software to their device.

Case in point: last week, the gorgeous Rise Alarm Clock went free in the Apple Store software. This week, the app is offering Runtastic Pro free for a limited time. Again, this offer is exclusive to the Apple Store app: Runtastic Pro still costs money if you download it directly from the App Store. With that off my chest, here’s how you can redeem your free copy of Runtastic Pro in the Apple Store app… Read More


Now free in the Apple Store app: Rise Alarm Clock

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2014

As part of its ongoing push designed to increase foot traffic in its retail outlets, Apple via the free Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPad has so far given away free music, books, apps like 7 Minute Workout Challenge and the Rhonna Designs photo editor and games such as Tetris, Temple Run: Oz and more. Today, the beautifully done Rise Alarm Clock app by Kellen Styler has gone free via the Apple Store app, a $1.99 saving.

It’s a great little piece of software with a gorgeous interface and a lot of smart features. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this offer. And if you passed on Rise Alarm Clock as the App Store’s Free App of the Week a year ago, here’s how you can grab it free of charge for a limited time, via the Apple Store app… Read More


Both Apple Store apps updated with various improvements

By Cody Lee on Mar 14, 2014

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


Apple Store app is giving away free music

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2014

As an incentive meant to drive customers to buy their iPhones straight from one of Apple’s retail stores in the United States rather than from carriers and other retailers, Apple last August started offering free digital content through its Apple Store shopping app, a free download for the iPhone and iPad.

After offering Electronic Arts’ excellent take on the classic Tetris game last month, the iPhone maker has now updated its free content promo by replacing the block-dropping game with a few “exciting new tracks helping to define this year’s musical landscape”.

Here’s how to claim your free music now… Read More


Apple promotes Top Valentine’s Gifts, says iPad is the way to your valentine’s heart

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2014

It’s end of January which can only mean one thing: retailers are gearing up for the upcoming Valentine’s Day and Apple is no exception. Now available on the Online Apple Store and through the Apple Store shopping app for the iPhone and iPad (free in the App Store), the new ‘Top Valentine’s Gifts’ section has just launched sporting an Apple-currated selection of both its own products and third-party accessories for your significant other… Read More


Apple launches iBeacons in retail stores with In-Store Notifications via Apple Store app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2013

Apple has begun rolling out iBeacons in its retail stores, with first iBeacon transmitters being deployed in its 24-hour Fifth Avenue store in New York City. Apple has also rolled out a server-side update allowing its free Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPad to let shoppers elect to receive In-Store Notifications about products and orders, including information such as a customer’s upgrade availability and trade-in options.

Approving In-Store Notifications within the Apple Store app requires enabling Bluetooth and the iOS Background App Refresh feature, which allows the system to locate your device and issue product-related information as you check out products inside the store… Read More


Beautiful Apple Store app launches on iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2013

Today, Apple has finally launched the Apple Store app for iPad. The iPhone application was released back in June 2010 and all this time Apple has failed to provide the native tablet experience, until today. Apple Store for iPad, available now on the App Store, is heavy on gestures and brings a completely redesigned appearance which feels right at home in iOS 7 and takes advantage of the larger canvas on iPads by putting product images front and center.

The many Apple Store categories are nicely organized and always accessible via a sleek navigation bar which automatically gets out of the way. While the app provides important product description and other meta data, the use of white space and smart design adds up to readability.

Released in time for your holiday mobile shopping, Apple Store for iPad is arguably perhaps the best iOS 7 app Apple has written thus far, and I don’t mean that in a small way. Yup, it’s that good.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More


Apple rolls out Passbook support for Apple Store gift cards to UK and other countries

By Cody Lee on Nov 6, 2013

Apple quietly updated its Apple Store app yesterday with “various improvements and performance enhancements.” It didn’t look like much to those of us here in the United States, but it was fairly significant for international folks.

For users in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and other countries, the update added the ability to use gift cards purchased in the app within Passbook. The feature was introduced in 2012, but has until now been US-exclusive… Read More


Temple Run: Oz available for free right now in Apple Store app

By Cody Lee on Oct 9, 2013

Earlier this year, Apple began offering free iTunes content via its Apple Store app in an effort to drive traffic towards its native web portal. This content may include a free iBook, music, an app or a game.

Today, the company made Temple Run: Oz available within the app, which you can now download at no cost. The game features the same great gameplay as the original endless runner, with an Oz twist… Read More


App Store ‘Kids’ category launches

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2013

Following a storm of criticism by disgruntled parents and after being forced to refund tens of thousands of dollars in individual cases of kids inadverntendly ratcheting up their parents’ iTunes bill with in-app purchases (here’s how to turn these off), Apple finally caved in.

Thursday morning, the company has unveiled a new ‘Kids’ category on the App Store. Designed to give parents a piece of mind, the new sections hosts a selection of carefully curated apps for children. Apps are sorted thematically in sub-sections such as ‘Create & Play’ and ‘Shapes & Colors’ and shortcuts to apps that are ‘Best for Ages 5 & Under’, ‘Best for Ages 6-8′ and ‘Best for Ages 9-11′… Read More


Apple posts flattened Apple Store and AirPort Utility apps

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2013

In time for the impending iOS 7 release, Apple has started updating its own apps on the App Store with the iOS 7-friendly user interface and technologies. Both the Apple Store and AirPort Utility apps have been refreshed with the Jony Ive-ified look and feel and support for new iOS 7 features. Earlier this morning, the company has released the official iOS 7 User Guide for both the iPad and iPod touch on the iBookstore… Read More

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