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Happy 6th birthday, App Store!

Happy 6th birthday, App Store!

In 2007 the iPhone revolutionized the smartphone, but it wasn't until July 10, 2008 that Apple launched the App Store and revolutionized how software was developed, distributed, discovered, and downloaded, not just on mobile but on computers. Today, just like how almost every phone has a large,...
How to restrict access to iTunes, App Store, and iBooks with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

How to restrict access to iTunes, App Store, and iBooks with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

Before letting a child or teenager loose with an iPhone or iPad, you may decide that you don't want them to be able to purchase content without your consent. If blocking in-app purchases isn't enough, you can completely limit their access to the App Store, iTunes, and iBooks through restrictions...
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Apple removes apps with music download capabilities from its App Store

It appears as though Apple is removing apps that support the downloading of music from its App Store. It's an interesting move for the company, going as far as implementing a iTunes Radio banner, which is displayed when a search for 'music download' is carried out on the store. Removing said apps...

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How to restrict access to iTunes, App Store, and iBooks with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

How to restrict access to iTunes, App Store, and iBooks with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

Before letting a child or teenager loose with an iPhone or iPad, you may decide that you don't want them to be able to purchase content without your consent. If blocking in-app purchases isn't enough, you can completely limit their access to the App Store, iTunes, and iBooks through restrictions...
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Could growing frustration with low App Store prices lead to better, more expensive games?

Stoic, the developers of the role playing game The Banner Saga, are trying to help solve the issues of pricing high end games made for the iPad, in an effort to fight the mainstream attitude that such games should either be free or very cheap. The Banner Saga, which has already been released for...
In-app purchases and the App Store: What every parent needs to know

In-app purchases and the App Store: What every parent needs to know

In-app purchases (IAP) can seem like complicated, confusing things, especially if you're a parent new to the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and App Store, and trying to figure it all out for yourself and your kids. If you're already concerned about spending, if you're already stressed by technology,...
Happy 6th birthday, App Store!

Happy 6th birthday, App Store!

In 2007 the iPhone revolutionized the smartphone, but it wasn't until July 10, 2008 that Apple launched the App Store and revolutionized how software was developed, distributed, discovered, and downloaded, not just on mobile but on computers. Today, just like how almost every phone has a large,...
Going not-indie: Lower revenue, less value, and the lure of big software

Going not-indie: Lower revenue, less value, and the lure of big software

The App Store is a hard business and getting harder. Unlike almost any other aspect of Apple's business, "premium" isn't stressed. Prices have raced to the bottom, discovery is a perpetual challenge, and casino games are thriving, not beautiful, magnificent, audacious new software ideas. What...
App Store policies, in-app video ads, and Occam's razor

App Store policies, in-app video ads, and Occam's razor

There's been some consternation recently about Apple rejecting apps that contain video ads encouraging people to watch them or share them in exchange for in-app rewards. No doubt it's worrisome to the advertising agencies and developers involved in those apps, but some of the theories as to what...
iMore show 407: Curated automation

iMore show 407: Curated automation

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode David Barnard of Contrast joins Rene to talk about the App Store in iOS 8 and what it means for developers, Launch Center Pro, Extensibility, and the Amazon Fire Phone. Support...
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Apple brings Bitcoin apps back to the App Store

After delisting all apps that deal in virtual currency over the year, Apple has eased up on its stance and is now allowing Bitcoin apps back into the App Store. A policy change detailed in the App Store review guidelines suggested that virtual currencies may be supported in iOS, with Apple...
Apple improves app discovery in the App Store with new 'Browse by category' option

Apple improves app discovery in the App Store with new 'Browse by category' option

For as long as the App Store has existed, Apple has been looking for ways to improve app discovery. Over the years there has been several improvements and it's come time for yet another. As announced on Twitter yesterday but seemingly only rolled out to the majority of users today, Apple has...
How to create an Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad

How to create an Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad

In order to use iCloud, you need to have an Apple ID. An Apple ID is also required to buy media from iTunes and apps and games from the App Store. You'll also need an Apple ID if you plan on using services such as FaceTime or iMessage. In other words, to get the most out of your devices, you need...

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