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iOS 7.1.1 makes sure you know which apps have in-app purchases

Now you can see which apps have the dreaded in-app purchases in the latest update right from the App Store's Top Charts section. This comes as part of the iOS 7.1.1 update, and it's a great addition under that button that says "FREE."
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...
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...
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...
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...

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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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Apple updates App Store with new sections to show off iOS 7-ready apps

Apple has added some new sections to the iOS App Store, showcasing the latest apps for iOS 7. "Designed for iOS 7" promotes the apps that Apple feels look and work best with their new mobile OS, with apps such as Zillow, OpenTable, and Evernote among those featured. There is, unsurprisingly, some overlap with the other major new section, "Best New Apps". Most of the apps on this list look like they belong on iOS 7 as well. To check these out, just open the App Store on an iOS device, or open the App Store section of iTunes on your PC or Mac.

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Having trouble updating apps? Here's how to fix it

Are you trying to update the apps on your device ahead of the release of iOS 7 and having trouble connecting to the App Store? The chances are that you may need to accept the new App Store terms and conditions.

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App Store offering up older versions of iOS apps for some, leaves many unanswered questions

When iOS 7 hits tomorrow, app compatibility with older versions of iOS will become a thing again, though it looks as if Apple may be about to implement a solution for owners of older hardware. A Reddit thread has emerged, alerting us to some folks being offered a download of an older version of an app whose latest version requires a newer build of iOS.

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App Store Year Four: Subscriptions, iCloud offer fantastic new services... and controversies

The time between the developer preview for iOS 4 and iOS 5 was the longest to date. Rather than a spring event like in previous years, Apple didn't reveal any details of iOS 5 until WWDC 2011 in June. Also, rather than a summer release, general availability was held off until October of that year. So what did Apple manage to achieve with those extra months? Several things that weren't made available to developers, including Siri and Notification Center widgets. iCloud, however, and the sync services that came with it, were big. As was Newsstand and its subscription services, at least potentially. In keeping with tradition, however, neither was without controversy.

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Will you be using auto app updates on iOS 7? [Poll]

Will you be using auto-updates on iOS 7?

iOS 7 is bringing a ton of new features - see our complete iOS 7 preview - but one of the more controversial is automatic app updates in the App Store. The idea is simple enough. Instead of seeing a red, numbered badge on the App Store app, tapping it, then going in and manually updating all or specific apps, if enabled, it just downloads updates as they're ready and installs them automatically. Without any involvement on your part. The good side, it's effortless. The bad side, what if it automatically installs a buggy app?

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App Store Year Three: Mild-mannered multitasking, iAD, and getting Game Center

Going into its third year, the App Store had become successful beyond anyone - probably even Apple's - wildest dreams. It was enabling and serving more apps from more developers to more customers than any single software source in history. However, while iPhone and iPad apps were the most popular in mobile history, they were far from the most capable. That's why, in April of 2010 at the iPhone OS 4 - renamed iOS 4 shortly thereafter - preview event, Apple started amping up apps. Folders increased the raw number of apps that could be loaded onto any device at one time, Calendar access let developers hook into the event system, and iAd gave them an additional, Apple-owned option for monetizing free apps. The biggest new feature, however, for users and developers alike, was multitasking. Kind of.

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Apple updates App Store review guidelines

Apple has published updated App Store review guidelines that include changes and clarifications to policies for apps aimed at children, as well as new restrictions on gambling apps and apps that might result in a user injuring themselves. Apple has created a new section in the guidelines regarding what is acceptable for kids under the age of 13. Apps that are intended for use by children under 13 must conform to these new rules, including the prohibition on they kinds of ads developers can display in them, says Apple:

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App Store Year Two: Pushy new app options, iPads, and the advent of freemium

The App Store might have launched in 2008, but it didn't stop there. At the Apple iPhone OS 3.0 preview event, held in March of 2009, the iPhone and all its apps, first and third party, got copy and paste, Spotlight search as an ersatz secondary app launcher, and access to the dock port. Among 1000 other new and improved API, the previously announced push notification service was also re-introduced, which wasn't multitasking but would enable whole classes of apps to be more useful than previously possible. Arguably, however, the most transformative new feature in iPhone OS 3.0 was, for good and ill, in-app purchase (IAP).

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iTunes Store experiencing problems, some people unable to download apps

We've been getting reports from some people, in some parts of the world, unable to get to the iTunes Store or to download apps. As of now, Apple System Status is reporting problems with the iTunes Store, but not yet the App Store. Since they're connected, it's safe to assume the problem is pretty general.

If you're having trouble accessing iTunes Store or downloading apps, let us know where you are, when your trouble started, and when it starts working again!

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iOS 7 preview: App Store gets location-based popularity, goes kid-friendly

The App Store debuted with iOS 2 (iPhone OS 2), got card-based search in iOS 6. Now, in addition to a complete visual make-over in iOS 7, it's also getting in on the location game with Apps Near Me, and finally - yes, finally - adding a kids category for children of all ages.

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Apple does offer upgrade pricing in the App Store. It's full retail pricing they've obliterated.

When Apple released Logic Pro X as a new, $200 app a couple of weeks ago, I immediately thought that it finally answered the question as to where Apple stood on the issue of upgrade pricing. It was the first paid Apple app on the App Store to update a full version, after all, and instead of adding a mechanism to the App Store to allow existing users to upgrade at a discount, Apple, like Tweetie 2 back in 2009, simply released the new version as a separate app and asked anyone and everyone, new and existing customers alike, to pay in full. Only... it wasn't really "in full", was it?

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Is the iPad App Store coming up blank for you? You're not alone!

We're been getting multiple reports from readers that the iOS App Store on the iPad is coming up blank for them for the last couple of days. The iPhone and iPod touch seem unaffected. Some reports say the entire App Store fails to load, while others say only the Updates tab fails to load. Either way, it's frustrating for those experiencing it.

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Would you pay again for iOS 7 versions of your favorite apps?

iOS 7 is coming, and with it an all-new design language. Apps will have to update to reflect that change, or risk looking old and outdated, and lose their place to newer, hotter updates and upstarts. But great design and development aren't free -- they're expensive. So how will companies afford to restart in a post-iOS 7 world. Apple has shown their answer - charge again for the app. Will customers accept this, however? Hall of famer Gedeon Maheux of the Iconfactory wrestles with the upcoming reality on his Gedblog:

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How to request a refund for an iTunes or App Store purchase

Ever had a time where you needed a refund for either an iTunes or App Store purchase? Whether you accidentally purchased something, got double billed, or have clever children that have figured out the art of in-app purchases, Apple does give you the ability to request refunds for any kind of media as well as App Store purchases all in one place.

Follow along and we'll show you how to report a problem with a recent purchase.

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Apple puts its price tag where its policy is, charges full price for Logic Pro X upgrade on Mac App Store

Today, with the launch of Logic Pro X one of the longest running questions in App Store history has, perhaps, finally been answered: What will Apple do when one of their major apps gets updated? And that answer appears to be, charge $199 for the new version, same way they charged $199 for the old version just yesterday.

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App Store Year One: Shocking successes, game-changers, and unpredictable pain

Apple introduced the App Store on July 10, 2008, five years ago this week. Over the course of the next few days we're going to take a look back at the origins and development of App Store, and forward towards its potential future. That future began with launch day. Apple went from no apps to hundreds of them over night. And for the first time ever, every up-to-date device across an entire platform had a centralized, unified place where customers could go to easily, safely buy apps. One tap on one icon on one Home screen, and they were in and buying with one login and one account. Just like the iPhone had made mobile computing mainstream, the App Store now made mobile apps mainstream. The world has never been the same.

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App Store Year Zero: How unsweetened web apps and unsigned code drove the iPhone to an SDK

Apple introduced the App Store on July 10, 2008, five years ago today. Over the course of the next week we're going to take a look back at the origins and development of App Store, and forward towards its potential future. To do that properly, however, we have to start at the beginning, with the original iPhone in 2007. And with the original iPhone, there was no App Store, and no third party apps. At least not at first...

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Apple marks five years of the App Store with ten free apps, special store section

Apple is celebrating five years of the App Store, putting up a special section in the iTunes Store, just like they did earlier this year for the tenth anniversary of the Music Store. "5 Years of the App Store" shows the the ten apps that Apple is giving away for free to mark the occasion.

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A bunch of top paid apps and games have just gone free! Grab now, ask questions later!

The fifth anniversary of the App Store is approaching, and in a possibly linked move some top paid apps have this morning gone free to download. So far we're seeing games the likes of Infinity Blade 2, Where's my Water, Badland, Tiny Wings all go free, as well as apps Day One, Traktor DJ, Over and Barefoot World Atlas.

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