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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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iPhone & iPad Live 297: WWDC Preview and App Store speculation

Georgia, Seth, Rene, and App Cubby's David Barnard discuss the state of the App Store, whether the iPhone and iPad's tremendous success hides serious problems, and what Apple can do to help customers, developers, and themselves in iOS 6. This is iPhone & iPad Live!

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The multi-billion dollar balancing act

As much as what Apple may or may not do with iOS 6 will dictate the iPhone and iPad user experience for the next year, what Apple does or does not do with the App Store will help determine the continued and future viability of the platform itself.

That's because iOS is only one part of Apple's incredibly successful mobile equation. The App Store -- the development kit, commerce engine, and digital goods that enable apps to be made, sold, and bought -- is another.

And arguably, despite it's unprecedented success, it's in ever greater need of Apple's attention.

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Regarding an Apple TV App Store

You'll hear a lot more discussion of this at the tail end of tonights iPhone & iPad Live podcast with Seth Clifford of Nickelfish and David Barnard of App Cubby, but as rumors are spreading that WWDC 2012 might bring with it an "App Store" for Apple TV, I wanted to get something up on the site about it as well.

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Apple clamping down on AirPlay receiver apps, including Rogue Amoeba's Airfoil

Apple has recently removed Airfoil Speakers Touch by Rogue Amoeba and AirFloat by The Famous Software Company from the iTunes App Store for using AirPlay APIs that Apple has deemed non-public.

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Apple tweaks App Store promotions, now shows Editor’s Choice and App of the Week

Apple has made some minor changes to the layout of the App Store within iTunes; the same changes are reflected on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With such a huge number of apps now available in the App Store finding what you are looking has gone from hit and miss to downright daunting. Apple has been rumored to be completely revamping its iTunes software but in the meantime, they're still tweaking what we have now.

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Apple announces its iTunes Festival line up, watch live performances on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Apple has just announced its line up for the annual iTunes Festival. The event which first started in 2007 has been hugely popular as all of the tickets are given away free of charge. The live concerts all take place at London’s The Roundhouse and it all kicks off on September 1st and goes on until September 30th.

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Dropbox SDK technically violates App Store policy, causes Dropbox integrated apps to be rejected

Apple is currently rejecting apps that use the Dropbox SDK to provide integration with the popular cloud storage solution. The reason for the rejections is apparently that, under a specific but not inevitable set of circumstances, someone using an app with Dropbox integration could end up on Dropbox's web site and find a way to pay Dropbox for additional storage. That would violate Apple's prohibition against using external websites to circumvent Apple's 30% cut of subscriptions.

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Apple pushing the iPhone to business with new 'iPhone at Work' webpage

Apple is pushing the benefits of using an iPhone in business with the launch of a new webpage on its site. The new page is simply titled "iPhone in Business" and it runs through a reasonably extensive lists of business orientated apps and features.

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Apple approves a Bluetooth on/off toggle app for your home screen

Apple has approved an app called Bluetooth OnOff that simply allows you to turn your Bluetooth connection on and off from your home screen. Apple hasn’t previously permitted any apps that connect and interact to stock settings until now; so this is an interesting development.

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The Gadget Show uses an iPhone to showcase the world’s first 360 degree TV promo

UK TV network Channel Five's The Gadget Show aired a 360 degree promo video for its new series which starts next week. The promo which aired last night was the first of its kind ever to be shown.

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Classic PC game Max Payne coming to iOS on April 12th as Max Payne Mobile

The classic PC game Max Payne is set to arrive on the iOS platform next week, April 12th to be exact. Rockstar has announced that it will have the original version of Max Payne ready for iOS next week and it will be called Max Payne Mobile.

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How often should the App Store ask for your iTunes password? [Poll]

How often should the App Store ask for your iTunes password?

When you buy an app or game in the App Store, book in the iBookstore, or music, movies or TV shows in iTunes, you're asked for your iTunes password before the transaction goes through and the download begins. That's important when there's money involved. As the great Smurf berry scandal of 2011 taught us, you can never be too careful when it comes to preventing unintentional or unauthorized purchases -- that's why Apple now requires a password for every in-app purchase. But what about when there's no money on the line? What about when you're not buying something but just downloading a free app or game, or free song or feature? Should iTunes still ask for your password? What about when you're simply updating an app or game? Should iTunes ask then?

Some people, really security conscious people, would probably prefer iTunes ask for a password any time it does anything, always. Better safe than sorry. Who knows who could be using your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad after all, from a friend to a colleague to a spouse to a child to a friend's colleague's spouse's child. You really want to risk $100 in Hello Kitty apps suddenly showing upon your Home screen?

Other people, really convenience-oriented people, would probably like iTunes to ask for a password as little as possible. Maybe never. If you're the only one who ever uses your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and it never leaves a place you control, then why should you be bothered by having to enter in a password every time an app has a minor bug fix update?

Personally, I'd like a choice (big surprise, right?) Give me a Settings option for "always ask", or "only ask for paid transactions". I don't think "never ask" is safe, so I'm fine with that not being there. What about you? How often do you think iTunes should ask for your password?

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Apple is now rejecting apps that collect UDID without permission

The fine developers of Tweetbot have reported that one of their latest updates was rejected from Apple for collecting UDID information without getting user consent first.

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How to purchase apps and games on your new iPad

Now that you've got your new iPad in hand it's time to get to find some great apps and games from the App Store. If you're new to iPad, no worries. We'll have you flinging birds, finger painting with productivity, slicing fruit, and making the perfect pictures in no time.

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iBGStar brings diabetes management to the iPhone and iPod touch

Diabetics will soon be able to manage the condition using their iPhone or iPod touch thanks to a new accessory and app from iBGStar. The device consists of a glucose monitor that attaches to your iPhone or iPod touch via the 30 pin dock connector. The information is then used by the companion app that will soon be available from the App Store.

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Apples sneaks new "Catalogs" category into App Store ahead of iPad 3 event

It's the eve of Apple's highly anticipated iPad 3 event and Apple has snuck in a new "Catalogs" category into the App Store. The new Catalogs category is not yet available from the categories tab of the App Store, but you can see it in the description of some apps like Catalogue by TheFind as seen in the photo above.

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EA removes The Simpsons: Tapped Out from the App Store due to server capacity issues

EA has severely underestimated the popularity of any game that involves characters and voices from the hugely popular animated TV series The Simpsons. After releasing its latest game called The Simpsons Tapped Out, it has now embarrassingly had to remove it from the App Store as its servers are being slammed and user experience is being badly affected.

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Apple updates list of all-time top App Store apps

Following their 25 Billion app download, Apple has updated their list of all-time top App Store apps in both the free and paid categories.

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Apple announces 25 billion app downloads, $10K iTunes winner

Apple has officially announced that the iTunes App Store has hit 25 billion downloads, and that the person who downloaded the 25 billionth app, Where's My Water? Free, was Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China. He'll be getting a $10,000 iTunes gift card.

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Replace your cash register with Square Register app for iPad

Square is already well known for the way it brought credit card transactions into the hands of small businesses and sole traders. Now it has gone one step further and announced its latest creation which is a register app for the iPad. The new app aims to replace a traditional POS (point of sale) cash register with an iPad.

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