You know it's Christmas when it snows in the Apple Store app

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Apple Store app (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • The Apple Store app says it's Christmas. Who am I to argue?

Every Christmas the Apple Store app does more than act as the gateway to new stuff. It turns into a gateway to somewhere magical. Somewhere we can forget about 2020 and the madness we've endured. And it's doing it now.

I am, rather elaborately, talking about the trick that has the Apple Store app act like it's snowing. You've seen it before, right?

Here's Rene showing it off on Instagram.

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Want to get some snow of your own? Of course you do. Here's how it goes down.

  1. Open the Apple Store on an iPhone or iPad.
  2. Head to the Search tab and enter "let it snow" into the text field. No need for the quotes.
  3. Watch as snow falls from the top of your screen.
  4. As if that wasn't enough to fill your heart with joy, give your iPhone or iPad a shake and watch as it turns into a giant metal and glass snow globe.

And the best part? There's no clean up afterwards!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.