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Apple App Store Universal Purchase now available but has a catch for devs

Apple App Store Universal Purchase now available but has a catch for devs

Apple now has a diverse set of platforms ranging from mobile to desktop to even smartwatch. Apps for those naturally take different forms even if the apps come under the same name. From a user's perspective, however, paying for an app on one platform should give access to the same app on other platforms. Previously, that was not the case as App Store didn't have that ability. Apple is now rolling out the Universal Purchase option but some developers might shirk from at least one note about this feature.

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Apple cracks down on COVID-19 apps, bans games based on virus

Apple cracks down on COVID-19 apps, bans games based on virus

Apple is turning a critical eye toward apps that present information about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The company detailed how it is evaluating these apps; it also says that it has banned games and entertainment apps with themes related to the virus. In a statement on Saturday, Apple said, 'The App Store should always be a safe and trusted place for users to download apps.'

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Apple App Store puts dating apps on notice, allows marketing notifications

Apple App Store puts dating apps on notice, allows marketing notifications

Apple is often accused of exercising an iron grip on its App Store but few iPhone and iPad users will probably argue that it is mostly a positive experience for them. Part of that is thanks to the strict review guidelines that Apple imposes on how apps should behave before they're even allowed into the store. The company has just updated its guidelines to account for the latest iOS and iPadOS versions and, among other things, it is tightening its grip on some class of apps while loosening it for others.

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iOS App Store raked in a ton of cash over the holidays

iOS App Store raked in a ton of cash over the holidays

iPhones are fairly popular gifts during the holiday season, and nothing may express that better than the sheer amount of cash the iOS App Store pulls in at the end of the year. Apple today revealed how much money customers spent on the App Store during the week between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and the amount is staggering: $1.42 billion.

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Delete Fortnite NOW if you downloaded from Google

Delete Fortnite NOW if you downloaded from Google

Fortnite was re-submitted to Google Play in December of 2019, and a bit of confusion ensued. Epic Games apparently attempted to get an exception to the billing agreement made between developers and Google for inclusion in Google Play. They did not get said exception. Google decided that Epic Games did not deserve any sort of exception as such, and that all developers needed to abide by the same rules, even when the game is as exceptional as Fortnite.

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Apple removes nearly 200 vaping apps from App Store

Apple removes nearly 200 vaping apps from App Store

Vaping is something that's garnered a fair amount of controversy lately. The CDC has linked at least 42 deaths to lung illnesses associated with vaping, with more than 2,000 non-lethal cases reported as well. With these reports out in the open, Apple has decided to remove almost 200 vaping apps from the App Store.

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How to play Apple Arcade’s newest 6 games as it reaches 100

How to play Apple Arcade’s newest 6 games as it reaches 100

Today Apple Arcade reached its first major milestone with a total of 100 playable game titles. The list includes several oddities and/or otherwise decent-looking games. Some are the sort you might never have seen if you'd not acquired an Apple Arcade subscription in the first place - imagine that!

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Apple Arcade price, launch date, exclusive games revealed

Apple Arcade price, launch date, exclusive games revealed

Apple has remained mostly silent on Apple Arcade since the subscription service was revealed earlier this year, but at today's iPhone reveal event, new details actually kicked off the show. Not only did Apple finally give us a release date and pricing details for Apple Arcade, but it also previewed some of the games that will be available as exclusives on the service.

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Sign in with Apple to be required for apps with third-party logins

Sign in with Apple to be required for apps with third-party logins

This week WWDC 2019, Apple unveiled its own and perhaps overdue single sign-on (SSO) service. Sign in with Apple was pretty much seen as the company throwing shade at Google and Facebook over their own SSOs. It seems, however, that Apple is doing more than giving users a more privacy-respecting alternative. It will, in fact, requires some app developers to give users that option if they're already doing Facebook or Google logins anyway.

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Apple bumps up App Store’s cellular download limit, but it still isn’t enough

Apple bumps up App Store’s cellular download limit, but it still isn’t enough

As it has done for a number of years, Apple limits the size of App Store downloads over cellular connections to prevent people from downloading massive files and going over their data caps. Since 2017, that size limit has been 150MB, which isn't very large. The good news is that Apple has increased that cap, but the bad news is that the new cap isn't much larger than the last.

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Apple’s new App Store charm offensive shows how big the stakes are

Apple’s new App Store charm offensive shows how big the stakes are

With less than a week until WWDC, and following a Supreme Court ruling giving the green light to App Store antitrust lawsuits, Apple is bringing out the big guns in its defense of the download store and its approvals policies. A new post about how the App Store works - and why it's at its best the way it is now - has been added to Apple's site, contesting allegations that the walled garden is bad for consumers and developers alike.

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Apple Pay can now be used to pay for Apple digital content

Apple Pay can now be used to pay for Apple digital content

Yes, it does sound a bit ironic. Although Apple has had its own mobile payment system for quite a while now, you couldn't use Apple Pay to buy stuff from Apple's digital stores. That has silently change now and it seems that Apple has flipped the switch for some markets. Users in those select countries will now, if not soon, be able to use their Wallets associated with their Apple Pay account to buy apps, ebooks, and music from Apple's iTunes and App stores.

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