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What apps are still missing from the iPhone and iPad App Store?

What apps are still missing from the iPhone and iPad App Store?

When you look at Windows Phone or BlackBerry 10 it's easy to see the well-known iOS and Android apps that are missing from their respective app stores. Even with Android, you can look at popular iOS apps like Tweetbot, Fantastical, or Letterpress, not to mention every single one of Apple's apps...
Can't find the App Store app you're looking for? Try searching differently!

Ask iMore: How the #@$& do you find anything with App Store search?

App Store search is horribly broken. We all know that. So it came as no surprise when a reader asked me how we — the people who write about them all day — find anything on the App Store. The short answer is a little creativity and a lot of tenacity. The long answer is best given in the form of a...
Go to the App Store and rate your 5 favorite apps right now!

Go to the App Store and rate your 5 favorite apps right now!

I too hate it when Instagram and other apps continuously popup pleas for ratings. It's an interception of user experience, which makes it jarring, and it happens over and over again, whether I rate the app or not, which makes it intolerable. I understand completely John Gruber's feelings on...
App Store ratings are broken, let's get rid of them

App Store ratings are broken, let's get rid of them

App Store reviews have been a thorn in the side of developers for about as long as they've been around. And yet another story is making its rounds on the Internet to remind us of App Store reviews' ugly side. At their best, App Store reviews give customers an opportunity to share thoughtful...
Tired of App Store and iTunes search issues? Give fnd.io a try!

Tired of App Store and iTunes search issues? Give fnd.io a try!

fnd.io is a new website that takes advantage of Apple's iTunes and App Store APIs to let you search both services on the web. According to MacStories, fnd.io is not only faster at search than iTunes and the App Store, it adds more context which may lead to better search results overall. We've...
How to disable Touch ID for iTunes and App Store purchases

How to disable Touch ID for iTunes and App Store purchases

Touch ID is a super convenient way to unlock your iPhone 5s while keeping it secure at the same time. You can also use it to make App Store and iTunes purchases by default. However, if you've registered other family member's prints and you don't want them to be able to buy things on your account...
Why developers beg for App Store ratings

Why developers beg for App Store ratings

"Rate this app!" popup requesters — you might know them from such popular apps as Instagram or Google+ — have been the subject of a lot of controversy lately. Some think they serve no customer-centric purpose and have no place in any app ever, others that they're the only way for developers to...
Researchers claim iOS multitasking exploit could allow taps, clicks to be monitored on iPhone, iPad

Researchers claim iOS multitasking exploit could allow taps, clicks to be monitored on iPhone, iPad

An exploit in the way iOS handles multitasking may allow the touch-equivalent of keylogger-type attacks — where your input is recorded in order to discover your passwords and other data — to work not only on jailbroken iPhones and iPads, but on any device. It would require a malicious app to be...
Apple adding suggested searches to iPhone App Store

Apple adding suggested searches to iPhone App Store

Apple is rolling out a new feature to their App Store search that recommends search terms related to a user's current search. When a user searches for something in the store, a new bar will appear, just below the search bar on the results page, which will recommend related items. Users can scroll...
Apple debuts app trailer videos for the App Store with Clumsy Ninja

Apple debuts app trailer videos for the App Store with Clumsy Ninja

Clumsy Ninja, this week's App Store Editors' Choice not only comes with a lot of fun, but with something entirely new - a trailer. Currently live in the UK App Store, but presumably about to spread internationally, if you go through the Editors' Choice banner to Clumsy Ninja's App Store page, you...

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How to disable Touch ID for iTunes and App Store purchases

Touch ID is a super convenient way to unlock your iPhone 5s while keeping it secure at the same time. You can also use it to make App Store and iTunes purchases by default. However, if you've registered other family member's prints and you don't want them to be able to buy things on your account, or if you're just not comfortable with Touch ID purchases, you turn off iTunes purchases and not have to worry about it.

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App Store prices see international increase thanks to exchange rates

Apple is changing App Store prices in several countries, making alterations based on fluctuating values in foreign currencies. Prices based on the Australian Dollar, Indian Rupee, Indonesian Rupiah, Turkish Lira, and South African Rand will all be increased, while prices based on Israel's New Shekel as well as some based on the New Zealand Dollar will decrease.

These sorts of adjustments are made from time to time because of changes in currency exchange rates. The changes are expected to take place within the next 24 hours.

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How to send an iTunes or Apple Store gift card with the Apple Store app for iPhone

The Apple Store app not only lets you pick up the latest Apple gear, no computer required — it also lets you gift things to others. One of the most common gifts we tend to give are iTunes and Apple Store gift cards. The Apple Store app lets you do that too, if you know where to look. Here's how:

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Tired of App Store and iTunes search issues? Give fnd.io a try!

fnd.io is a new website that takes advantage of Apple's iTunes and App Store APIs to let you search both services on the web. According to MacStories, fnd.io is not only faster at search than iTunes and the App Store, it adds more context which may lead to better search results overall.

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Apple adding suggested searches to iPhone App Store

Apple is rolling out a new feature to their App Store search that recommends search terms related to a user's current search. When a user searches for something in the store, a new bar will appear, just below the search bar on the results page, which will recommend related items.

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Apple highlighting great games by indie developers

Apple has added a new featured section to the iTunes Store that looks to show off the fine work produced by some of the high quality iOS independent game developers. The Indie Game Showcase has appeared with the weekly storefront refresh and this week is dedicated to, Simogo, developers of Device 6.

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Apple helping you get your selfie on with dedicated App Store category

Apple wants to help you get your selfie on and is highlighting suitable apps with a dedicated category in the iOS App Store. Currently highlighting a dozen apps, it was first noticed by Macstories' Federico Viticci:

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Ask iMore: How the #@$& do you find anything with App Store search?

App Store search is horribly broken. We all know that. So it came as no surprise when a reader asked me how we — the people who write about them all day — find anything on the App Store. The short answer is a little creativity and a lot of tenacity. The long answer is best given in the form of a recent example. Here it is!

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Researchers claim iOS multitasking exploit could allow taps, clicks to be monitored on iPhone, iPad

An exploit in the way iOS handles multitasking may allow the touch-equivalent of keylogger-type attacks — where your input is recorded in order to discover your passwords and other data — to work not only on jailbroken iPhones and iPads, but on any device. It would require a malicious app to be created, to get past App Store review, and to get installed onto your device, which is a complex chain and not one anyone has claimed to have actually seen happen yet. But according to Min Zheng, Hui Xue, and Tao Wei of FireEye, it is possible:

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App Store now rejecting Flappy Bird copy-cats

Flappy Bird became number one on the App Store before the developer pulled it, but that just left a huge sucking vacuum for a ton of copy-cat apps to try and make some money in its stead. Thankfully, Apple — and apparently Google as well — is now rejecting apps with Flappy in their title.

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What apps are still missing from the iPhone and iPad App Store?

When you look at Windows Phone or BlackBerry 10 it's easy to see the well-known iOS and Android apps that are missing from their respective app stores. Even with Android, you can look at popular iOS apps like Tweetbot, Fantastical, or Letterpress, not to mention every single one of Apple's apps like GarageBand, Keynote, and iTunes Store, and notice their absence from Google Play. With the iOS App Store, however, it can take a little while longer. The Google apps are mostly there, as is BBM, and many Microsoft apps as well. So what's still missing?

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Why developers beg for App Store ratings

"Rate this app!" popup requesters — you might know them from such popular apps as Instagram or Google+ — have been the subject of a lot of controversy lately. Some think they serve no customer-centric purpose and have no place in any app ever, others that they're the only way for developers to survive in the ratings-centric App Store, and still others that there's a middle ground where customer attention and developer sustainability can meet and find balance. Longtime NeXT, OS X, and iOS developer Wil Shipley has a thoughtful take on the matter in The Loop Magazine:

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Apple reports $10 billion in App Store revenue for 2013, record December

Apple announced Tuesday that more than $10 billion was spent in the App Store in 2013, with more than $1 billion of that occurring in December alone - a month that saw a total of almost three billion apps downloaded. December 2013 was the most successful month in App Store history, according to Apple. It's a message from Apple to app developers: If you want to make money, stick with iOS.

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App Store ratings are broken, let's get rid of them

App Store reviews have been a thorn in the side of developers for about as long as they've been around. And yet another story is making its rounds on the Internet to remind us of App Store reviews' ugly side.

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Go to the App Store and rate your 5 favorite apps right now!

I too hate it when Instagram and other apps continuously popup pleas for ratings. It's an interception of user experience, which makes it jarring, and it happens over and over again, whether I rate the app or not, which makes it intolerable. I understand completely John Gruber's feelings on Daring Fireball:

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iMore show 377: Big Chowder

Rene, Peter, Richard, and Ally talk App Store video trailers, iOS 7.1 beta, taking Mavericks back to iOS, iPad Air vs. iPad mini, and more!

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Apple debuts app trailer videos for the App Store with Clumsy Ninja

Clumsy Ninja, this week's App Store Editors' Choice not only comes with a lot of fun, but with something entirely new - a trailer. Currently live in the UK App Store, but presumably about to spread internationally, if you go through the Editors' Choice banner to Clumsy Ninja's App Store page, you're not only given some brief copy, but an iTunes video that shows off some of the game features.

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Apple promoting their own apps and services in App Store search results

Apple seems to be promoting its built-in software within iOS App Store search results. Search terms such as "browser", "SMS", or "messages" will yield a card showing one of Apple's built-in apps as the first result, with a link at the bottom of the card that will take you to Apple's web page about the feature.

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Apple introduces volume purchase program for Mac App Store

Apple's volume purchasing program which currently lets developers offer discounts to businesses and educational institutions who buy large amounts of their apps, is being extended to the Mac. Apple sent out the following note to developers enrolled in the Mac program:

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Touch ID for the iTunes Store is great, when it's not asking for your password

Prior to the launch of the iPhone 5s, I went on record on the iMore Show with my one desire for the then much rumored fingerprint sensor. If it arrived and didn't allow me to buy apps and content from iTunes by touching my finger to it, then I wasn't that interested. Delight then, that Apple took the stage, announced Touch ID, and that we could use it to buy things. Delight, quickly followed by epic frustration.

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