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The iPhone’s switch to iOS 11’s 64-bit chip could make 187,000 apps obsolete

Apple's upcoming iOS 11, which the company is expected to announce in June, could end support for more than 187,000 apps because of a reported mandatory switch to 64-bit apps and games on the App Store.
Mobile

Apple is strictly enforcing its rules against third-party app update services

Apple has begun sending notices out to developers warning them about using third-party services for app updates. What does that mean? Apps will now only update through the App Store -- which could help make apps safer.
Mobile

App Store change boosted paid apps, pushed down those with in-app purchases

It might have been for an instant, but some eagle-eyed folks noticed that paid apps were more prominent in the App Store's Top Grossing charts than other apps that emphasize in-app purchases.
Mobile

iPhone users spent double on entertainment apps in 2016 due to in-app purchases

While games continue to account for more than 80 percent of sales on the App Store, the entertainment category observed a year-over-year increase of 130 percent, according to the latest data from analytics firm Sensor Tower.
Social Media

Tinder makes a move: Dating app may add a Snapchat-like video feature

Tinder recently acquired Wheel, a collaborative video messaging app which allows users to add videos to other users threads around a common theme. Tinder said it plans to add video features to the popular dating app in the future.
Gaming

That 'Bioshock' update for iOS is never happening, game removed from App Store

Publisher 2K Games has confirmed that Bioshock will not be receiving an update for iOS, meaning that it will not run on modern Apple hardware. The game has been removed from the app store.
Mobile

Apps with emoji in their descriptions generate more downloads, study finds

Apps with emoji in their description generally generate more downloads than apps that lack them, according to a recent study. Results vary by demographic, country, and ethnicity.
Mobile

When iOS 10.3 ships, developers will gain ability to respond to App Store reviews

It looks like Apple has finally allowed developers to respond to customer reviews on both its App Store and Mac App Store. That'll happen when iOS 10.3 ships in a couple of months.
Mobile

Brexit fallout means iOS customers in U.K. will have to pay more for apps

As a result of Brexit-induced currency fluctuations, Apple announced that it's increasing the price of digital goods in its U.K. app stores. The change could come as soon as next Wednesday.
Mobile

China mandates all app stores must register with government

Announced as part of a crack down on security issues and malware, the Chinese government now requires all app stores operating within the country to register with its central authority.
Mobile

Can Apple be sued for allegedly creating app monopoly? Appeals court says yes

According the a U.S. Appeals Court, Apple can be sued for creating an iOS app monopoly. Now, another case can go ahead as to whether or not the company actually has created an iOS app monopoly.
Wearables

What's next for Fitbit? An app store of its own, according to its CEO

Fitbit is looking to launch its own wearable app store "as soon as possible." This is according to company co-founder and CEO James Park, who spoke at CES about Fitbit's plans for the new year.
Mobile

Apple made a record-smashing $240M from the App Store on New Year's Day alone

Apple has reported that it made a massive $240 million in sales on New Years Day alone, smashing previous records. The company also reported sales for last year, reporting $20 billion in App Store sales -- up 40 percent from the year…
Mobile

Apple has begun its massive purge of apps from the App Store

Apple has begun its massive purge of apps from the App Store. In fact, the company removed a hefty 47,300 apps during the month of October, representing a huge 238 percent increase compared to previous months this year.
Photography

Create a book from your favorite mobile photos with Blurb for iOS

Blurb simplifies the normal photo book design process by providing a streamlined set of options. Users can choose from two square sizes and one paper type, but it only takes a couple of minutes to design a high-quality, 20-page photo book.
Mobile

iPhone users, you’ll start seeing Search Ads in the App Store from October 5

iPhone and iPad users are about to see sponsored results with their App Store searches. Starting October 5, developers can pay to have their apps appear higher in search results – a system Google's Play Store adopted just over a year ago.
Mobile

Attention developers: Apple to start deleting outdated apps from App Store

Apple is about to make a few big changes to the App Store that are designed to make the store a little easier to navigate. What changes? Apple will soon delete outdated apps from the App Store, and is limiting app titles to 50 characters.
Mobile

Intelligence firm: Apple's App Store will boast more than 5 million apps by 2020

The old adage that there’s an app for that is certainly getting more true every day. Sensor Tower, an app intelligence firm, is predicting that by 2020 the Apple App Store will boast over 5 million apps, more than doubling its size in…