App Store Connector Shutdown Ends – Expect App Updates A Plenty

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The self imposed shutdown of the back office at the Apple App Store has ended. That means that starting today and likely through the weekend, you can expect to see a lot of app updates on your iPhone and iPad. The shutdown of the App Store Connector, the mechanism by which app developers submit apps … Read moreApp Store Connector Shutdown Ends – Expect App Updates A Plenty

You Will Soon be Able to Gift In-App Purchases in The App Store

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In a language change in the App Store Review Guidelines, Apple has begun paving the way for users to be able to gift in-app purchases. To this point, the gifting of such purchases was not allowed but that appears to be changing. In section 3.1 of the Review Guidelines, the Payments section, there is a … Read moreYou Will Soon be Able to Gift In-App Purchases in The App Store

Tumblr Returns to The App Store as Adult Content Ban Nears

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The month-long saga of Tumblr and the App Store is over.  Yesterday, the micro-blogging app returned to the store as the service’s adult content ban is set to start on Monday, December 17.  The app is available for both iPhone and iPad. In November, the Tumblr app suddenly disappeared from the App Store without warning. … Read moreTumblr Returns to The App Store as Adult Content Ban Nears

Apple Shutting Down iTunes Connect on December 23 through December 27

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As they do each year, Apple has announced that the iTunes Connect will be shutting down from December 23 through December 27 this year.  The week long break is aimed to give App Store staff time off and for backend updates.

For those unfamiliar with it, iTunes Connect is the mechanism by which developers submit their apps to the App Store as well as any pricing or description changes.  With it shut down, developers will not be able to submit any app updates, new apps to the App Store, pricing changes or any other changes.  This process is in place so Apple can review apps and updates as they are submitted.

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Tumblr for iOS Pulled Over Child Porn Concerns

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Over the weekend, the social networking app Tumblr was removed from the App Store.  It was unexpected and it was assumed at the time that there was a technical issue with the app that caused its removal.  Indeed, even Tumblr said it was working to resolve the issue.  It turns out, it was far worse than a technical problem.

When an update was provided to Apple for approval late last week, Apple denied the update and removed the app from the App Store. That is because suspected child pornography was found on the site.  The news broke on the issue after Download.com reached out to Tumblr and got the details.

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App Devs Can Now Request Access to The App Store Connect API

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Late last week, Apple rolled out the new App Store Connect API to developers.  This new API allows developers to automate some TestFlight tasks including creating groups, managing public links, and adding or removing testers.  Essentially, this new API will allow developers to do things in mass and automate calls to the App Store.  This should significantly improve both control and speed of beta updates and testers.

Apple is requiring that registered developers request access to the new API.  You can do so here.  If you don’t not have a developer account ($99 per year) you will need to register for that first.  Unless you are an app developer, there is no need to do this.

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The App Store Continues to Dominate Worldwide Mobile App Store Revenue

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In the latest report from SensorTower, released yesterday, Apple had a dominant 66% of mobile app revenue in Q3 of this year, up over 23% from the same period last year.  It means that Apple has roughly $12 billion in revenue from the App Store, nearly 93% more than the Google Play Store for the same quarter.

For its part, the Google Play Store saw an increase as well, up 21.5% in revenue and jumped up to $6.2 billion in revenue during the quarter.  Sensor Tower states that this is the widest revenue disparity since at least 2014 between the two platforms.

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