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The App Store is Apple's digital software distribution platform for iOS devices. First introduced in 2008, the App Store allows software developers to distribute content that has been created specifically for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Apps are also available on the Apple Watch through the iOS App Store.

There are well over a million apps in the App Store, and customers have downloaded more than 100 billion apps since the App Store debuted. App Store apps are available with three pricing options: free (and usually supported by ads), free with in-app purchases, or a set cost starting at $0.99 in the US.

In 2010, Apple introduced the Mac App Store for distributing content on Macs, and in 2015, Apple introduced the tvOS App Store, an app store for to the fourth-generation Apple TV.

App Store How Tos

How to Download Large Apps Over Cellular on iPhone and iPad

Monday February 3, 2020 11:56 am PST by
Apple used to limit the size of App Store downloads over cellular to 150MBs to prevent iPhone users from accidentally downloading a large app over 3G or 4G networks and using up all their data allowance or running up data charges. In May 2019, Apple upped the limit of over-the-air downloads to 200MB, but offered no way to opt out of the limit at the time, leaving users with unlimited data...

How to Add Funds to Your Apple ID on iPhone and iPad

Monday November 11, 2019 9:38 am PST by
It used to be the case that adding funds to your Apple ID required redeeming an iTunes Gift Card bought from a store, but Apple now lets you use a debit or credit card right on your iPhone or iPad to do the same thing. Adding funds to your Apple ID allows you to make purchases from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and App Store on any of your Apple devices. It's easy to add funds to your...

How to Update Apps in iOS 13

Monday September 16, 2019 5:13 pm PDT by
If you recently updated your iPhone to iOS 13 or your iPad to iPadOS 13 and you can't work out how to manually update your installed apps, then you've come to the right place. Apple has changed the way you update apps in iOS. In earlier versions of its mobile operating system, app updates lived in their own tab in the App Store app, but that has since had to make way for a new Apple Arcade...

How to Cancel App Store Subscriptions

Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:50 am PDT by
Several TV and music services and other apps offer free trials through the App Store that automatically renew to become paid subscriptions after the trial period ends. If you want to prevent an App Store subscription from running beyond the trial period or cancel a subscription you're currently paying for, then read on. This article explains how to cancel any App Store subscription on iOS,...

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Apple's Internal Data Shows Many iOS 15 Users Turn Off Personalized Ads With Minimal Impact on App Store Search Ads

Wednesday May 11, 2022 9:59 am PDT by
Starting with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple introduced a new "Personalized Ads" toggle during the setup process that makes it easier for users to turn off personalized ads in Apple apps such as the App Store, Apple News, and Stocks. In a presentation shared with advertisers, obtained by MacRumors, Apple cited internal data showing that, in the first quarter of 2022, 78% of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 ...
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Apple Music is Sometimes Replacing Other Apps in the Dock When Installed From App Store [Updated]

Thursday May 5, 2022 11:35 am PDT by
Apple Music appears to be affected by a bug that is causing the app to install itself directly into the dock when downloaded from the App Store, with the app even replacing other first and third-party apps located in the dock. There have been several complaints about the problem on Twitter from users who downloaded ‌Apple Music‌ and then had it replace another app. Kevin Archer, for example, ...
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Elon Musk Says Apple's 30% App Store Fee is 'Literally 10 Times Higher Than It Should Be'

Tuesday May 3, 2022 11:01 am PDT by
Tesla CEO Elon Musk today took to Twitter to once again criticize Apple's App Store fees, calling the cut that Apple takes from developers "definitely not ok" and likening it to a "30% tax on the internet." He went on to say that the fee is "literally 10 times higher than it should be." Apple takes a 30 percent cut from app developers who make over $1 million through the ‌App Store‌ on an ...
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Dutch Regulator Still Unsatisfied With Apple's Rules Surrounding Dating Apps

Monday May 2, 2022 6:15 am PDT by
The competition regulator in the Netherlands today announced that Apple's rules surrounding Dutch dating apps remain insufficient. In a statement obtained by journalist Nando Kasteleijn, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) said that while Apple eliminating its requirement for Dutch dating apps to create a separate app binary in order to accept alternative payments was an...
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Apple Gives Developers More Time to Update 'Outdated' Apps Before Removal

Friday April 29, 2022 5:52 pm PDT by
Late last week, controversy erupted after Apple began notifying some developers that their apps that had not been updated in some time would be removed from the App Store as part of an "‌App Store‌ Improvements" project to clean up "outdated" apps. Many of the affected developers objected to Apple's policy, noting that their apps continued to function just fine despite a lack of updates,...
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Worldwide App Store Downloads Reached 8.6 Billion in Q1 2022

Tuesday April 26, 2022 3:05 pm PDT by
Worldwide App Store downloads grew 2.4 percent to hit 8.6 billion in the first quarter of 2022, according to data shared today by Sensor Tower (via TechCrunch). Between the ‌App Store‌ and the Google Play store, there were 36.9 billion total app downloads, an increase of 1.4 percent. As there are far more Android users than iPhone users, there were a much higher number of apps downloaded on...
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Apple Reminds Developers About $250 to $30K Payments From Apple Lawsuit Settlement

Monday April 25, 2022 10:29 am PDT by
Apple today reminded developers that they can submit a claim for the Small Developer Assistance Fund, a pool of money that Apple is providing to developers as part of a $100 million class-action lawsuit settlement over its App Store policies. Apple has been accepting submissions since January, and is today reminding developers have until May 20 to make a claim through the Small Developer...
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Apple Music Down for Some Users [Update: Resolved]

Monday April 25, 2022 8:58 am PDT by
Apple Music is experiencing an outage at the current time, and according to Apple's System Status page, some users may experience intermittent issues with the service. A number of Apple device owners are not able to use ‌Apple Music‌ at the current time, and there are many complaints on Twitter and other social networks about the outage. Apple updated the System Status page to reflect an...
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Apple Seemingly Removing 'Outdated' Apps From the App Store

Monday April 25, 2022 7:34 am PDT by
Apple appears to be removing a large number of apps from the App Store that have not been updated for "a significant amount of time" (via The Verge). According to an "App Improvement Notice" email sent to affected developers, Apple is removing apps that have "not been updated in a significant amount of time" unless developers issue an update within 30 days: This app has not been updated for...
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App Store Privacy Labels Mysteriously Disappear [Update: Fixed]

Monday April 25, 2022 6:46 am PDT by
As noted on Twitter, privacy labels for apps on the App Store on both iOS and macOS have mysteriously disappeared, and the reason remains unclear. All other functions of the ‌App Store‌ appear to remain online, and Apple's system status page indicates no issues with any services at the time of writing. Apple's ‌App Store‌ privacy labels aim to give users insight into what information an app...
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Leaked EU Document Could Spell Major Changes for App Store, Messages, FaceTime, Browsers, and Siri

Friday April 22, 2022 9:22 am PDT by
A leaked version of the European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA) indicates that Apple could be forced to make major changes to the App Store, Messages, FaceTime, third-party browsers, and Siri. According to a leaked working document intended to reflect the "final" version of the DMA, seen by MacRumors, the EU is planning to enact changes that seek to have a significant impact on the way...
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Deliveries App Loses Functionality as Shipping Companies Refuse to Participate

Friday April 8, 2022 9:49 am PDT by
Package tracking app Deliveries is losing functionality because shipping companies are not willing to provide the shipping data that the app needs to work, according to developer Mike Piontek. In a blog post penned earlier this week, Piontek said that Deliveries is no longer able to maintain the same service that it used to provide because it relies on shipping companies, and "without their...
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Apple-Commissioned Study Highlights Success of Third-Party Apps

Thursday April 7, 2022 10:00 am PDT by
Apple today shared a new App Store study that it commissioned from economists at Analysis Group, with the report highlighting the success of third-party developers on the App Store. The study comes as Apple is facing concerns about the prioritization and dominance of its apps on the ‌App Store‌ as well as regulatory pressure to open up iOS to sideloading and alternate app store options....
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iOS 15.5 Beta Adds Support for External Links Amid Upcoming Changes for Reader Apps

Wednesday April 6, 2022 2:42 pm PDT by
Apple has recently implemented several changes to the App Store that allow for outside payment options and linking to external websites for purchase purposes. As part of these changes, Apple in iOS 15.5 is adding support for and warnings about external purchases. Code for external purchase support was discovered by 9to5Mac in the iOS 15.5 beta, which came out yesterday. The site says that...
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Developers May Soon Be Able to Automatically Charge Apple Users for Subscription Price Increases

Tuesday April 5, 2022 9:55 am PDT by
Apple appears to be testing a new feature that would allow developers to automatically charge users when a subscription price goes up, according to TechCrunch. Right now, Apple asks customers to explicitly agree to subscription pricing increases when the cost of a subscription goes up. If a customer does not tap on the presented "Agree to New Price" button, their subscription is...
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'Reader' Apps Can Now Add Links for Account Signups Outside of the App Store

Wednesday March 30, 2022 12:02 pm PDT by
Apple today informed developers of "reader" apps that they are able to sign up for access to an "External Link Account Entitlement" that will allow the app to offer a link to a website so users can create or manage an account outside of the App Store. Reader apps are able to link to a website that is owned or maintained by the developer for account signups. So, for example, an app like...
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Apple Eliminates Separate Binary Requirement for Dutch Dating Apps Accepting Alternative Payments

Wednesday March 30, 2022 11:59 am PDT by
Apple today announced that developers of dating apps on the App Store in the Netherlands that use an alternative payments system no longer need to create and use a separate binary. This change allows these developers to accept alternative payments in their existing dating apps, but only in the Netherlands and on devices running iOS or iPadOS. Apple also announced two other changes that apply ...
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Apple Hit With Multibillion-Euro Lawsuit for 'Overcharging' App Store Users

Wednesday March 30, 2022 3:44 am PDT by
Apple is facing a new multibillion-euro lawsuit out of The Netherlands that alleges the company overcharges users who purchase apps and in-app subscriptions through the App Store and accuses Apple of partaking in "market dominance" and "anti-competitive practices." The foundation spearheading the lawsuit is the Consumer Competition Claims Foundation, which describes itself as "an independent ...
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Apple's Fines in Dutch Antitrust Case Hit 50 Million Euros

Monday March 28, 2022 9:31 am PDT by
Apple today was fined another €5 million ($5.5 million) in the Netherlands by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) as the company has failed to adequately comply with mandated alternate payment system requirements for dating apps. The rules went into effect in January, and since then, Apple has received a €5 million fine each week. This is the 10th fine, for a total of 50...
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Apple's Fines in Dutch Antitrust Case Could Exceed €50 Million

Friday March 25, 2022 10:57 am PDT by
Apple is facing yet another €5 million ($5.5 million) fine in the Netherlands for failing to sufficiently meet recently mandated alternative payment system requirements for dating apps, reports Reuters. Apple has been fined €45 million ($49.5 million) by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to date, with Apple racking up a new fine each week. The ACM initially said that it...