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Apple App Store review process will let devs challenge the rules

Apple App Store review process will let devs challenge the rules

This is a big day for Apple and developers on Apple's platforms. While there has been a lot of focus on the company's switch to its own ARM-based silicon, WWDC's first day was mostly filled with software-related news across desktop and mobile. While much of these things are still sinking in, Apple announced another explosive change that finally gives its App Store a semblance of openness, at least as far as opinions go.

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Basecamp HEY email service launches to some Apple App Store drama

Basecamp HEY email service launches to some Apple App Store drama

Email continues to be the lifeblood of Internet communication, no matter how many times some have tried to kill it or "upgrade" it. Google tried the latter route with the now-defunct Inbox but it was pretty much just a new skin over an old email system. Basecamp, most popular for its Internet-based project management suite, is taking another stab at it with HEY but while the premise is definitely interesting, its sudden conflict with Apple's App Store policies could end up marring its launch.

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Epic Games Store could be coming to Android and iOS

Epic Games Store could be coming to Android and iOS

Epic Games is one of the biggest names in the gaming market, not just for its published titles but also because of its Unreal game engine that's used in hundreds if not thousands of games. That reputation has definitely given it enough clout in the industry to make its voice heard on certain contentious topics like revenue splitting and app stores. Although it has practically thrown in the towel on the latter to get Fortnite on Google Play Store, it may be moving to strike back even harder by bringing the Epic Games Store itself to mobile.

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Apple services like iCloud, Apple Music land in a bunch of new countries

Apple services like iCloud, Apple Music land in a bunch of new countries

Apple is starting the day by rolling out a number of its services to a bunch of new countries around the world. The services Apple is bringing to new regions include the App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and iCloud. All of them are launching in 20 new countries, while Apple Music is launching on its own in an additional 32 - meaning Apple Music is available in 52 new countries today.

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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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