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App Store, TestFlight changes mean better apps on the horizon

App Store, TestFlight changes mean better apps on the horizon

Your iOS apps are about to get better. Changes made today by Apple are good news for Developers, as the size of apps that can be fronted to the App Store have doubled. Instead of 2GB apps, Developers can now submit 4GB apps for distribution, giving them a lot more room to perform in those rounded squares on your screen. Additionally, Apple has rolled out a change to TestFlight that could prove useful for Developers, especially if they have apps that need some dedicated attention.

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Pinterest now has pins for iPad, iPhone apps

Pinterest now has pins for iPad, iPhone apps

Pinterest is practically the home of all things interesting on the Web, from photos, to art, to recipes, to products, to fashion. And it doesn't matter if you're a gal or a guy, you'll probably find something pinteresting on Pinterest. To emphasize its message of broader appeal even more, Pinterest is introducing a new type of pin that users of both sexes will most likely find useful: app pins. Or to be more precises iPad and iPhone app pins that let you install apps right within Pinterest.

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Nutshell from Prezi may be your new favorite iOS photo app

Nutshell from Prezi may be your new favorite iOS photo app

Your pictures should tell a story, or at least that’s how Prezi feels. the company best known for making a visually stunning Powerpoint alternative now has their own photography app for iOS, which stitches your photos together along with custom graphics and text to tell a mini story. The aim is events and gatherings, where you can quickly cobble together moments, and share them as a tiny video representation of your day (or night). The app is currently available on the App Store, and is free to download and use.

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Is iPad innovation dead?

Is iPad innovation dead?

Earlier today, something caught my attention. In a report on why the iPad might see a sales dip in 2015, an analyst cleverly shouldered Developers with blame for the iPad’s decline. Specifically, he claimed there weren’t enough good apps to compel potential customers to want an iPad. Is that true? Is the iPad in decline because Developers don’t create solid iPad experiences? Apple has created new foundations for iOS development, but are things like Metal and Swift proactive, or reactive? The answer: it’s complicated.

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Rumor: Apple asks for Apple Watch-friendly iOS app early

Rumor: Apple asks for Apple Watch-friendly iOS app early

Now that we have a better idea of when the Apple Watch will come to us via the Apple Store, some interesting news has leaked regarding apps for the Apple Watch. The last time we discussed Apple Watch’s handshake with the iPhone, we found Developers were getting the ability to create notifications, but not much more. A quick run-through of Developer guidelines and tutorials echoes that, but a new rumor suggests Apple is asking at least one of its “biggest” launch partners to submit an Apple Watch friendly app early.

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Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

App Annie released their year-in-review for 2014 today, and among all the charts and figures, one stood out. Navigating the ins and outs of Android and iOS is intriguing, with Android commanding the lion’s share of market percentage. Even with that, iOS users are time and again shown to use their devices more often; shopping more, browsing with greater frequency, and spending more. According to App Annie, Google Play’s download numbers have outpaced the App Store in a big way, but spending trends the opposite direction.

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Alfred for iOS is a second-screen desktop taskmaster

Alfred for iOS is a second-screen desktop taskmaster

OS X Yosemite brought with it a new Spotlight; one that’s a bit smarter, more contextual, and exceedingly more useful than its predecessor. It’s not quite the one-stop monster some want, though, and for that there’s Alfred. The Spotlight replacement app takes what Spotlight does and gives it a Red Bull. With some configuration, you can set up keyboard shortcuts for just about any task or series of tasks. Now, Alfred is coming to iOS, and wants to be your second-screen taskmaster.

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Apple shuttering TestFlight’s standalone service, moves it in-house

Apple shuttering TestFlight’s standalone service, moves it in-house

When Apple quietly acquired Burstly to better wrangle TestFlight into their App Store beta testing mix, it was seen as a positive move forward. Apple didn’t yet have an effective way to encourage more testing of their apps, meaning what you ended up with was largely imagined and realized in-house from the Developer(s). TestFlight provides a solid, known platform for Developers, but it’s shifting under their feet. Apple will now take TestFlight’s beta wholly in-house, shutting down it’s original platform altogether in February.

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Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

The desktop version of popular third-party Twitter client Tweetbot has disappeared from the Mac App Store, and the cause is believed to be because of the limit on API tokens that Twitter imposes on developers. In a nutshell, Twitter gives app developers a limited number of tokens, which allow users to sign in and use the social network through the chosen app. Without any more tokens, the app becomes useless to new buyers.

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New iOS app WhiteAlbum sends photos you’ve taken, but never seen

New iOS app WhiteAlbum sends photos you’ve taken, but never seen

Point, click, swipe, approve, and possibly repeat; that’s smartphone photography in a nutshell. You snap a picture, make sure it’s good enough, then move along unless you want to re-take it. It’s instant gratification, and oddly satisfying. Perhaps equally as satisfying is not knowing if your shot was good or not. We got a glimpse of that with the Polaroid Cube and HTC Re, where you shots weren’t immediately viewable. Taking that idea one step further is an app called WhiteAlbum, where you only see your shots once they’ve been mailed to you.

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