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Apple Users Can Now Use Apple Pay For iTunes, App Store, Apple Music, and iCloud Purchases

Apple Pay just got a lot more useful. Now, Apple users can link it up to pay for iTunes purchases, their Apple Music or iCloud subscription, and more.

Apple May 15, 2019

Apple Systematically Removing And Restricting Third-Party Screen Time Apps, Developers Claim

Apple has removed a handful of third-party screen management tools from the App Store after debuting its own Screen Time feature. Companies are pushing back with antitrust complaints.

Apps/Software April 29, 2019

Apple's New 'Confirm Subscription' Prompt Will Prevent You From Making Accidental Purchases

Apple has rolled out a new pop-up message to prevent users from making accidental purhcases or becoming victims of scams. The new "Confirm Subscription" prompt will make sure users really meant to sign up for something or not.

Apple April 13, 2019

Apple Is Giving 10 Percent Bonus When You Load Money To Your Account For App Store, iTunes Purchases

Apple is offering App Store and iTunes users a 10 percent bonus when they load up funds to their Apple ID accounts. The promo is available to all U.S. users from Mar. 10 to Mar. 14.

Apple March 11, 2019

Apple Is Breaking App Store Guidelines By Sending Push Notifications To Promote Apple Music

Apple Music subscribers can now gift their friends an entire month of listening for free. Problem is, Apple is using push notifications to inform customers, and for many, that’s not cool.

Apple February 19, 2019

Apple Wants To Prevent Apps From Tricking Users Into Signing Up For Subscriptions

Apple is putting a stop to deceptive iOS apps that trick users into subscriptions. Developers now have to make the pricing and terms of purchase on their apps crystal clear to users.

Apple January 28, 2019

You Can Now Gift In-App Purchases From The Apple App Store

Apple is now letting users gift in-app purchases to friends. Previously, iOS folks could only send full paid apps, but now Apple has expanded its policy to include microtransactions as well.

Apple December 20, 2018

Apple Removes Onavo App By Facebook From App Store Over Data Collection: Not Again

By now no one should be surprised that Facebook, fresh off various data scandals, is still collecting user data. Apple isn’t having it, however: the company just asked Facebook to pull its VPN app Onavo from its storefront.

Apple August 23, 2018

Netflix Wants To Avoid Paying Apple For iOS App Subscription Payments

Netflix is testing a new method for iOS app users to pay for their subscriptions. Instead of in-app purchases, users are being directed to the streaming service's mobile website, bypassing iTunes.

Apps/Software August 22, 2018

Apple App Store Takes Down 25,000 Illegal Apps In China

Following complaints from China’s state media, Apple moved for the removal of around 25,000 illegal apps from its App Store. Many of these apps are gambling-related.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech August 20, 2018

Facebook Owns 4 Of Top 5 Most Downloaded iOS Apps Of All Time

Facebook owns four of the top five most downloaded iOS apps of all time, according to App Annie. The report, which was released to celebrate the App Store's 10th birthday, also revealed the top games for the operating system.

Apps/Software July 3, 2018

Try Before You Buy: Free Trials Finally Coming To Mac, iOS App Store

Apple finally introduces free trials on paid apps for the App Store. With the feature implemented, customers will be able to try the full version of their favorite apps before deciding if it’s worth spending the full price for.

Apple June 7, 2018

New App Store Rules Open iOS To Valve's Steam Link, Other Remote Mirroring Apps

New App Store rules may mean that Valve's Steam Link will soon arrive to the iOS. The remote mirroring app will be allowed as long as Steam purchases are processed on desktop PCs, not on iPhones or iPads.

Apple June 6, 2018

Apple Blocks Telegram Updates Worldwide After Messaging App Banned In Russia

Apple has blocked the iOS updates for Telegram since mid-April, when the messaging service was banned in Russia. The app only has issues with the Russian government, but Apple is preventing the Telegram updates across the world.

Apple June 1, 2018

Valve Says Apple Rejected Its Steam Link iOS App Because Of 'Business Conflicts'

Apple blocked the Steam Link app's release on the iOS App Store. According to Valve, it was because of business conflicts with the app guidelines.

Apps/Software May 29, 2018

Telegram Returns To Apple App Store After Brief Disappearance: What Happened To The Encrypted Communications App?

Telegram, and its Swift-written version Telegram X, were temporarily removed from the Apple App Store for 'inappropriate content.' The popular communications app, which comes with end-to-end encyption, has been criticized in the past.

Apps/Software February 2, 2018

Google Finds Malware Showing Pornographic Ads In 60 Kids' Apps

Check Point security firm has found new malware that displays pornographic content on user’s smartphones. The malware has targeted a handful of Android apps all geared toward kids.

Google January 13, 2018

Amazon Alexa App Hits 10 Million Downloads On Google Play Store

The Amazon Echo is a huge success, and that shows by the number of sales and downloads for the device's companion app, which has hit a milestone on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

Apps/Software January 1, 2018

HQ Trivia App Opens Pre-Registration For Google Play Store

HQ Trivia is finally making its way to the Android market. The Google Play Store has started pre-registering interested parties.

Apps/Software December 27, 2017

Apple Now Requires iOS Games Like 'Hearthstone' And 'Clash Royale' To Reveal Loot Box Odds

In revised guidelines for the App Store, Apple now requires iOS games to disclose the odds of loot boxes. Games that will be affected by the provision include 'Hearthstone,' 'Clash Royale,' 'The Simpsons Tapped Out,' and 'South Park: Phone Destroyer.'

Apple December 22, 2017

Don't Buy 'Cuphead' For iOS, It's Fake: Apple Working On Removing It From The App Store

A version of 'Cuphead' for iOS hit the App Store at a $5 price point, but it's fake. Game developer StudioMDHR warns that this iOS version is a scam and it's working with Apple to remove it.

Apps/Software December 19, 2017

Apple Names App Of The Year, Game Of The Year For iPhone and iPad: Here Are The Winners For 2017

Apple awarded this year's App of the Year and Game of the Year for iPhones and iPads. The most popular apps and games on the App Store and content on Apple Music and iTunes for 2017 have also been revealed.

Apple December 8, 2017

Zello Tops App Store Charts As Hurricane Irma Looms: What Can The Walkie Talkie App Do?

Zello has shot up to the top of the free apps chart of Apple's App Store as Hurricane Irma is set to make a landfall in Florida over the weekend. What can the walkie talkie app do?

Apps/Software September 6, 2017

Tinder Gold Explained: Why This Feature Just Made Tinder The Top-Grossing App In The App Store

Love is expensive. Tinder Gold, the dating app’s paid subscription tier that enables users to see who likes them, just propelled Tinder as the top-grossing app in the App Store.

Apps/Software September 2, 2017

Apple Aggressively Shutting Down Popular Apps In Iran, Where The Company Does Not Exist

Apple has aggressively moved to shut down apps created by Iranian developers for owners of the company's devices in the country. Ironically, Apple officially does not exist in Iran due to sanctions by the United States against it.

Apple August 28, 2017

Apple Fans Are Angry About The New App Store Icon: Is It Really That Bad?

Some Apple fans are not happy about the new icon design for the App Store. Instead of featuring a pencil, paintbrush, and ruler, it’s now mainly composed of a series of overlapping lines.

Apple August 15, 2017

Chinese Government Pressures Apple Into Taking Down VPN Apps From App Store: The Great Firewall Of China Stands Taller Than Ever

Apple, succumbing to pressure from the Chinese government, has taken down VPN apps from the App Store in China. The move strengthens the country's internet censorship within the Great Firewall of China.

Apple July 29, 2017

Apple Legalizes Tips In App Store Update, In Exchange For A 30 Percent Cut

Apple solved the issue of in-app tips by legalizing the feature in the latest update to its App Store. In exchange for activating a new revenue stream for developers and content creators, Apple will take a 30 percent cut.

Apple June 10, 2017

Sick Of App Review Prompts? Apple Now Gives Users The Option To Disable Them Completely

App review prompts are the bane of IOS users and Apple is finally doing something about it. iOS 11 will limit how often developers can annoy users with review prompts.

Apple June 9, 2017

Apple App Store Publishers Reach $1 Million Milestone Twice As Often As Google Play Developers

There were more publishers who hit $1 million in revenue on the App Store than on Google Play last year. The numbers highlight the Apple’s lead in monetization, but Google isn’t performing too bad either.

Apps/Software May 24, 2017

Tim Cook Threatened To Remove Uber From Apple App Store In 2015: Why?

Apple CEO Tim Cook threatened to remove the Uber app from the App Store in a 2015 meeting with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. What was the ride-haling company doing that prompted the serious threat?

Apps/Software April 24, 2017

A Whopping 187,000 Apps Could Become Incompatible With iOS 11, Analytics Firm Says

About 8 percent of all App Store titles will be removed by the time iOS 11 arrives, new reports suggest. The mass removal reportedly stems from Apple’s decision to cut ties with 32-bit apps completely.

Apps/Software March 16, 2017

Capcom’s Arcade Shooter ‘1942 Mobile’ Is Now Available To Download For iOS And Android

Capcom released the mobile game based on its popular aracade shooter in the Google Play Store on Thursday.

Apps/Software March 9, 2017

App Store Changes In Top Grossing Charts Points To Bug Or New Algorithm That Favors Paid Apps

Either a bug or a testing of a new algorithm over the weekend resulted in the App Store’s Top Grossing chart to see the rise of paid apps and decline of subscription apps.

Apps/Software February 21, 2017

Say Goodbye To Those Annoying App Review Requests And Hello To Developers Responses With iOS 10.3

App Store changes with iOS 10.3 include fewer app review requests, with the option to turn the messages off for good.

Apps/Software February 6, 2017

Apple Warns 32-Bit Apps Will No Longer Work With Future Versions Of iOS: How Will This Benefit Users?

Apple appears to be dropping support for 32-bit apps in a future version of the iOS. This is evidenced by a warning message that is now popping up in the first beta of iOS 10.3.

Apple February 1, 2017

Apple Removing Iranian App From Its App Store

Apple has reportedly started the removal of Iranian apps from its App Store. The biggest Iranian e-commerce app - DigiKala - was reportedly removed a few days ago.

Apps/Software January 30, 2017

BitTorrent Live TV Streaming App Is Now Available On Android

BitTorrent Live has been made available for download at the Google Play Store. The app live-streams free TV content through a proprietary peer-to-peer live streaming protocol that effectively treats viewers as broadcasters as well.

Apps/Software January 29, 2017

Apple To Allow App Store Devs To Respond To Reviews When iOS 10.3 Launches

Apple already released the beta version of the iOS 10.3, which allows developers to respond to customer feedback and reviews at the App Store. The company said that the same feature is heading to the Mac in the future.

Apple January 25, 2017

Apple's Music Apps Get Updated: Touch Bar Support For Logic Pro X, New Interface And Features For GarageBand

Apple states that the latest updates to GarageBand and Logic Pro X are huge, as they introduce more powerful features that will please professional audio producers. The update is free for those who already own the apps.

Apple January 19, 2017

Apple Spiking App Store Prices In UK: 25 Percent Hike Due To Brexit Currency Swings

In the Brexit aftermath, Apple has implemented a 25 percent price hike across its UK App Store. The new prices should go into effect within the next seven days.

Apple January 17, 2017

Chinese Government Wants App Stores To Be Registered, Cites Security Concerns

The Cyberspace Administration of China has ordered the registration of app stores across the country. The new rule is aimed at developing the internet application store industry.

Security January 16, 2017

Apple Class-Action Lawsuit Over App Store Monopoly Revived By US Appeals Court

Apple is now fair game. According to a U.S. appellate court, the public can now begin suing the company for its practice, which a group of iPhone users claim as anticompetitive.

Apple January 12, 2017

Finder For AirPods Gets Removed From The App Store: Why Did Apple Pull The App?

Apple reportedly told the startup behind the Finder for AirPods app that the company did not like the idea behind their product. The app helps users track a misplaced AirPod by tapping Bluetooth connectivity.

Apple January 10, 2017

Russia Demands Apple And Google To Remove Blocked LinkedIn From Local App Stores

Russia demanded Apple and Google to take down the app of Microsoft-owned LinkedIn from the country's app stores. LinkedIn's website was blocked by Russia in November of last year, as the service was said to have violated data localization laws.

Apps/Software January 7, 2017

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