Apple jumps on selfie bandwagon, adds dedicated section to app store

google appsperiments photo apps horse selfie
Are horse selfies set to be the next big thing? No, probably not. Antoniodiaz/Shutterstock

With so many smartphone users these days seemingly unable to resist turning the camera on themselves, the selfie has over the last year grown in prominence significantly, a factor which led to Oxford Dictionaries choosing it as its Word of the Year.

And with so many app developers now trying to cash in on the phenomenon, Appleapple app store selfie has decided to highlight a few of the offerings by launching a ‘Sharing Selfies’ section in both its iOS and Mac app stores.

The new listing brings together a range of apps that are in some way connected to the selfie, so, for example, Snapchat’s in there, together with others you may have heard of like Frontback, Picr, and 1 Second Everyday.

Indicating the degree of impact selfies have had over the past 12 months, Oxford Dictionaries said there was “little, if any, argument” in choosing it as its Word of the Year, calling it a “runaway winner.”

The dictionary editors said that although it’s not a new word – the first recorded use was by an inebriated party-goer back in 2002 – it’d recently made a huge leap  in popularity, adding, “It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet. If it’s good enough for the Obamas or the Pope, then it’s good enough for Word of the Year.” And now it’s evidently good enough to have its own section in Apple’s app stores.

You can check out Apple’s new Sharing Selfies category via the iTunes store by clicking here.

[Large image: Antonio Diaz / Shutterstock] [Screenshot: LA Times]


Apple loses battle to use Intel modems in Germany in latest clash with Qualcomm

Apple is following the Federal Trade Commission's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.

These 30 useful apps are absolutely essential for Mac lovers

There are literally hundreds of thousands of great software programs compatible with MacOS, but which should you download? Look no further than our list of the best Mac apps you can find.

Tight on space? Here’s how to transfer photos from an iPhone to a computer

Never lose any of your cherished selfies or family vacation photos from your iPhone again by learning how to transfer photos from your iPhone to a computer, whether you want to use a cable or wireless transfer.

Tired of paying a monthly fee for Word? The best Microsoft Office alternatives

Looking for a competent word processor that isn't Microsoft Word? Thankfully, the best alternatives to Microsoft Office offer robust features, expansive compatibility, and an all-too-familiar aesthetic. Here are our favorites.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Coffee Meets Bagel dating app data may have been breached

Are you planning on using Coffee Meets Bagel to find love on Valentine's Day? If you've been using the app for a while, you'll probably want to change your password -- the company said a data breach may have taken place before May 2018.

Worried about extra data charges? Here's how to check your usage on an iPhone

It's common to get a little nervous about nearing data limits. Keep your peace of mind by checking how much data your iPhone is using. Our guide on how to check data usage on an iPhone helps you stay in control.

Exclusive: Take a look at what a next-generation 5G phone will look like

With 5G phones debuting at MWC in mere days, there is discussion about whether they will be clunky bricks that die after a few hours? A reference design from Qualcomm offerrs a glimpse of the future: This is what 5G phones will look like.

North Focals smartglasses discount cuts the price by a massive $400

Canadian startup North is hoping smartglasses will be the next big wearable. After announcing its new Focals smartglasses in late 2018, the company opened product showrooms in Brooklyn and Toronto and has made its first shipment.

New Apple patent hints clamshell-style foldable phone may be in the works

Apple has filed a patent for a foldable phone that suggests the company could be following in the footsteps of the likes of Samsung and Huawei. The patent describes a clamshell-style foldable phone with two separate sections.

Xiaomi Mi 9 will be one of the first phones with monster Snapdragon 855 chip

Xiaomi's next major smartphone release will be the Mi 9, and the company hasn't held back in giving us a good look at the phone, revealing the design, the camera, and a stunning color.

Galaxy Watch Active isn't official yet, but you can see it in Samsung's own app

Samsung may be about to resurrect its Sport line of smartwatches under a new name: The Galaxy Watch Sport Active. Leaks and rumors are building our picture of the device at the moment.

Stop buying old tablets, says Samsung, buy the new Galaxy Tab S5e instead

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S5e -- the E is for Essential -- a reasonably priced tablet that includes many of the features we like from the Tab A 10.5, and the Tab S4. Here's what you need to know.

Bag yourself a bargain with the best budget tablets under $200

The battle for your budget tablet affections is really ramping up. Which tablet, costing less than $200, should be commanding your attention? We take a look at some different options for the budget-conscious.

What is Wi-Fi 6? Here's a look at the next evolution of the wireless standard

We're exploring the new naming convention for wireless standards, how it affects the devices you buy, and what the upcoming Wi-Fi generation is changing for the better.