Free vs. Get: App Store Apps

This is why there are no more ‘free’ apps in Apple’s App Stores

By on November 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM.

This is why there are no more ‘free’ apps in Apple’s App Stores

In addition to clearly marking which iOS and OS X apps in the App Store and Mac App Store have in-app purchase options, Apple has taken one more important step towards ensuring that customers know exactly what apps they’re downloading, as first spotted by MacRumors. The company has replaced the word “Free,” which appeared under the name of apps available as free downloads from its digital stores, regardless whether they come with in-app purchases or not, with the word “Get.”

Meanwhile, paid apps still have the price listed instead of the word “Get,” and all apps still have clear indicators when in-app purchases are available. More →

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iPhone App Store Reviews

The most hilariously unfair one-star app review of all time

By on November 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The most hilariously unfair one-star app review of all time

No matter how good your mobile app is, there will always be at least one person who will trash it with a one-star rating on the App Store, just because some people can’t help hating on things. App developer Todd Ransom, who has developed an app that maps out the areas surrounding the gorgeous waterfalls of western North Carolina, explains on Twitter that his app has gotten a one-star review for the most ridiculous possible reason: The reviewer got stung by yellow jackets while using the app. More →

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Apple App Store Revenue

Hell is for app vendors

By on October 30, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

Hell is for app vendors

The new Fiksu numbers highlight just how infernal life for app vendors has become.  The price of acquiring a loyal app user has doubled from early 2012 to current level of more than $2 per user. This is a disaster for many app vendors because the lifetime value of an app user is typically less than $2, and in many cases less than a dollar. Getting consumers to download your app is becoming more difficult with each passing month and the room for smaller app vendors keeps shrinking. More →

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Apple App Store Porn App

Why did Apple email porn to this man?

By on October 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Why did Apple email porn to this man?

Apple’s stance on porn in iOS apps is well-known, and such in-app content is likely to get an application rejected from the App Store until the developer addresses it. Even facilitating access to porn may be a good reason for Apple to prevent an application from reaching the App Store. In fact, a developer of one app that could offer users a way to access adult content has been contacted by Apple on the matter in an unexpected, explicit, and shocking way. More →

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Hide App Store Purchases

Use this simple trick to hide App Store purchases on your iPhone in iOS 8

By on October 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Use this simple trick to hide App Store purchases on your iPhone in iOS 8

Apple still has plenty of work to do on iOS 8 before users will be satisfied with the update, but there are plenty of improvements in place that make for a better (and safer) operating system. We already pointed you in the direction of seven privacy settings you should change, but there’s one more great feature that made its way from desktop to mobile in iOS 8: the ability to hide App Store purchases. More →

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iOS 8 App Store Features

Apple just rolled out a great new way to buy iOS apps

By on September 18, 2014 at 3:33 PM.

Apple just rolled out a great new way to buy iOS apps

During this year’s WWDC, Apple made several announcements related to iOS, OS X and the App Store that targeted both regular device users and app developers. One of the new Apple Store features introduced at the event was something called app bundles that promises developers they’ll be able to bundle together multiple apps and sell these special packages to iOS users when iOS 8 arrives. The bundles will offer users cheaper access to apps: each bundle will be more expensive than the individual prices of the apps in it, but cheaper for the user than buying each included app separately. Now, these app bundles are finally live in the App Store. More →

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Hanx Writer iPad App

Tom Hanks’ Typewriter app is a shockingly huge hit for iPad users

By on August 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Tom Hanks’ Typewriter app is a shockingly huge hit for iPad users

Hanx Writer is a simple typewriter iOS app for the iPad, created by Hitcents at the request of Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks. Launched only last week and available as a free download, the app has already hit the No. 1 spot in the top free iPad apps on the App Store, TechCrunch reports, enjoying unexpected success for an app that’s not at all essential to improving productivity on a tablet. More →

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Why Is The App Store Not Working

How one ex-Apple exec wants to fix Apple’s ‘impenetrable jungle’ of an App Store

By on August 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

How one ex-Apple exec wants to fix Apple’s ‘impenetrable jungle’ of an App Store

It’s not uncommon to hear criticism of Apple’s App Store even from fans of the company, as many have said in the past that the store makes it much harder than it should be to find relevant high-quality apps from smaller publishers. Cult of Mac points us to a new post from Jean-Louis Gassée, who worked at Apple throughout the 1980s and who has some intriguing new ideas for improving the App Store, which he refers to as an “impenetrable jungle.” More →

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Apple App Store July Results

Apple’s App Store just had its best month ever

By on August 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Apple’s App Store just had its best month ever

Apple told CNBC on Tuesday that the App Store brought in record-breaking revenues during the month of July. According to the report, more customers completed transactions on the App Store last month than in any month in history as well. Both of these records follow another breakout fiscal quarter for Apple during which the company raked in a net profit of $7.7 billion. More →

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Apple iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Download Speeds

Apple will pay huge money to give you faster iOS 8 and Yosemite downloads

By on August 1, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

Apple will pay huge money to give you faster iOS 8 and Yosemite downloads

Apple is apparently working hard on improving iTunes content download speeds for users, Streaming Media reports, with the company having already deployed its own content delivery network (CDN) that’s already serving some digital content to users, and having inked interconnect deals with ISPs to make sure content delivery gets prime treatment. More →

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Apple App Store Zombie Apps

Does Apple have a ‘zombie app’ problem?

By on July 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM.

Does Apple have a ‘zombie app’ problem?

While Apple is celebrating six years of App Store action with more than 75 billion app downloads served and over $15 billion paid to developers so far, a new report from app analytics company Adjust says that 80% of apps available in the App Store are “zombie apps,” or apps that aren’t easily discoverable by the users. More →

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Apple App Store Anniversary Sale

Go to the App Store right now to get great discounts on several top paid apps

By on July 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Go to the App Store right now to get great discounts on several top paid apps

It’s been six years since Apple first unleashed its App Store onto the world and to celebrate several popular paid apps are going on sale for a limited time. As MacRumors documents, you can now get popular apps such as Monument Valley, Threes!, Lost Toys and Drafts for iPad at big discounts of between 50% and 80%. MacRumors also directs our attention to AppShopper’s big list of discounts that will give you a comprehensive look at which apps are getting their prices cut and for how long. In the six years since its launch, the App Store has paid out more than $15 billion to developers and has served as the blueprint for other app stores such as Google Play. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate its birthday by getting some super-cheap apps of our own.

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App Store Best New Game Updates

Apple is making it easier than ever to find the best games on the App Store

By on June 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Apple is making it easier than ever to find the best games on the App Store

Ever since the latest overhaul to the App Store, it’s been harder than ever to find the best new apps, especially in the increasingly crowded games section. Scrolling endlessly through the preset categories can be agonizing, but the addition of the Best New Game Updates section, which includes a group of popular games from the past few months that have recently received major updates, should put even more of the most worthwhile apps front and center. More →

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