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Apple App Store now offers pre-orders, launch notifications

Apple App Store now offers pre-orders, launch notifications

Apple exercises a firm and strict hold on anything and everything that gets into its App Store, and for good reason. Not only does it ensure the quality of the app selection, it also ensures the integrity of Apple’s name. In the past, it only allowed for apps that are already available and not those yet to come. That changed with Super Mario Run last year which, for the first time, was offered as a pre-order. Now Apple is opening the doors to all app developers and users at large, allowing users to sign up, get notified, and get charged when an app finally launches.

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Apple just gave easy App Store devs a nasty surprise

Apple just gave easy App Store devs a nasty surprise

Apple has begun warning templated apps that they face removal from the App Store, taking an unexpectedly hard line on what has traditionally been one of the easiest ways to release iPhone software. Although Apple has released various tools intended to make creating software for iOS devices more straightforward, for many the process is still too complex or time-consuming.

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iPhone X notch remover tackles Apple’s big controversy

iPhone X notch remover tackles Apple’s big controversy

Ever since the iPhone X was first revealed, the now-famous "notch" at the top of the display has become the topic of much debate. While some people don't mind its presence, others seem to be quite bothered by it. If you belong to the latter group of people, you can do something about it thanks to a new app that's now available on the App Store.

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This Instagram Superzoom feature update is bonkers

This Instagram Superzoom feature update is bonkers

OMG there's a new feature in Instagram that is completely hilarious and you need it immediately. This new feature comes with a collection of Halloween-themed bits and pieces, the whole lot of which is available in one download. The rest of the features available in the newest version of Instagram come in the form of stickers and face filters - they're all pretty much the most spooky features you'll ever see.

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Apple starts banning scammy, misleading apps on iOS

Apple starts banning scammy, misleading apps on iOS

In the years since its debut, the iOS App Store has grown to include a ridiculous number of apps, and while Apple takes occasional steps to clear out the crud, there's still cases of shady, scammy apps making their way to the store in the first place. Fortunately the company has updated its developer guidelines to prohibit misleading apps altogether, including those that claim to perform a "virus scan" on the device.

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iTunes 12.7 tosses the App Store out the window

iTunes 12.7 tosses the App Store out the window

It’s a flurry of announcements coming out of Cupertino but some are not as welcome as others. Apple has announced, silently or otherwise, the updates that will be coming to its software and platforms. One update however, might be something that users might prefer not to install, though they might not have much choice in the matter. iTunes 12.7 is just around the corner and its integrated App Store won’t be coming along for the ride.

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Apple pulls Iran-made apps from App Store over US sanctions

Apple pulls Iran-made apps from App Store over US sanctions

The last week has seen Apple pulling a number of popular Iranian apps from its App Store platform, resulting in criticism and backlash both from the country's government and its developers. The recent aggressive changes in Apple's stance are a result of increasing US sanctions against Iran, however, which restrict how the Cupertino company operates within the country, including limit it from hosting apps.

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Apple pulls VPN apps from Chinese App Store

Apple pulls VPN apps from Chinese App Store

Apple has made moves to comply with the Chinese government, as this weekend it's been revealed that the company has pulled nearly all available VPN (virtual private network) apps from the country's App Store. This marks another example of China's attempts to filter and crackdown on internet use within its borders, as VPN apps and services allowed users to get around the country's strict censorship restrictions, often referred to as the "Great Firewall."

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Apple hits $70bn milestone in App Store developer pay-outs

Apple hits $70bn milestone in App Store developer pay-outs

Apple usually saves its App Store developer payout milestones to shout about at WWDC, but the Cupertino company clearly couldn't wait this time around. According to Apple, developers worldwide have now earned in excess of $70 billion, since the App Store launched in 2008. Meanwhile, download rates are also said to be up significantly.

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Apple will let developers respond to reviews on App Store

Apple will let developers respond to reviews on App Store

If you browse app reviews on the Google Play store, you’re likely to see some reviews that have responses from the app’s developer. That’s a great way to get more clarity on a potential issue or pending feature, but one that has thus far not been provided to iOS users. That’ll be changing soon, with Apple revealing that it’ll allow developers to response to app reviews on the App Store.

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Pokemon Duel download: official app aims to capitalize on GO!

Pokemon Duel download: official app aims to capitalize on GO!

Gamers enraptured by Pokemon GO but saddened by the lack of Bidoof have been targeted by the official Pokemon company with a new app. This app is a game by the name of Pokemon Duel, and it's been made for the masses. While a version of this game has been available in Japan for a period of time, the release of Pokemon Duel in the United States and around the world in English has just been made today for the first time.

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Apple hikes UK App Store prices after pound’s Brexit slump

Apple hikes UK App Store prices after pound’s Brexit slump

Apple is raising App Store prices in the UK, blaming the weaker pound for increasing app costs by around 25-percent. The news was confirmed in an email to developers, in which Apple revealed that it would raise the lowest app price from £0.79 to £0.99, among other adjustments. It's being seen as the latest side-effect of Brexit, the UK's referendum decision to leave the European Union.

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