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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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App Developers Can Now Sign Up for Consultations on Complicated EU App Ecosystem Changes

Friday February 2, 2024 3:22 pm PST by
Apple this week announced that developers can sign up to meet with an Apple team member to discuss the changes being made to iOS, Safari, and the App Store in the European Union. Developers can request a 30-minute online consultation to ask questions and provide feedback about Apple's changes. Topics of discussion include alternative distribution on iOS, alternative payments in the ‌App Store‌...
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Zuckerberg Calls Apple's DMA Compliance Changes 'Onerous' and 'Difficult to Seriously Entertain'

Friday February 2, 2024 2:02 am PST by
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has criticized Apple's compliance with the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA) regulation, which forces Apple to let third-party developers create alternative App Stores and use their own payment systems, amongst other things. Speaking to investors on Thursday during Meta's Q4 earnings call, Zuckerberg called Apple's new rules "so onerous" that he would not be surprised ...
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Some iPhone Users Unable to View Latest App Store Reviews [Fixed]

Monday January 29, 2024 7:12 am PST by
For the past few weeks, some iPhone users have been unable to view the latest app reviews left by customers in the App Store. Specifically, affected users are only able to read reviews submitted up until January 16 this year. It's unclear how widespread this issue is, but it seems to be very inconsistent, with recent reviews showing for some users and not for others depending on the app. We...
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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Apple's EU Changes: 'They Think the Rules Don't Apply to Them'

Friday January 26, 2024 1:16 pm PST by
Spotify CEO Daniel EK today wrote a blog post criticizing the app ecosystem changes that Apple implemented in the European Union under the Digital Markets Act, accusing Apple of putting forward "a new plan that is a complete and total farce" under "the false pretense of compliance and concessions." Ek says that Apple doesn't "think the rules apply to them," and he believes that most app...
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Apple's EU App Store Changes: iPads, TestFlight, Default Stores and More

Friday January 26, 2024 12:15 pm PST by
Apple announced an overwhelming number of changes to the app ecosystem in the European Union yesterday, and with the flood of information, there may have been a few details that were overlooked by developers and device users. We've rounded up a handful of lesser-known details that offer some clarification on what these updates mean for the iPhone and other products. The iPad and Other...
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This is How Notarization Will Work for iOS Apps Distributed Through Alternative App Stores

Thursday January 25, 2024 1:22 pm PST by
Apps that are distributed through alternative app stores in EU countries will need to submit to a notarization process that's similar to the notarization process for Mac apps. According to Apple, Notarization applies to all apps, and it is a process focused on privacy, security, and maintaining device integrity. Apple is aiming to ensure that apps do not have viruses, malware, or other...
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These Are the Countries Where You Can Install Apps Outside of the iOS App Store

Thursday January 25, 2024 12:30 pm PST by
Apple today completely overhauled its app system, introducing changes that allow developers to distribute their apps through alternative app stores and use alternative methods of payment in iOS 17.4. Unfortunately, these changes are limited to countries that are in the European Union, and they won't be implemented worldwide. There are 27 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia,...
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Apple Now Allows Game Streaming Apps on App Store Worldwide

Thursday January 25, 2024 9:21 am PST by
Apple today announced that it now allows streaming game apps on the App Store worldwide, in response to feedback from developers. This will pave the way for services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce NOW to be available as standalone iPhone and iPad apps, whereas they were previously only accessible via the web. These cloud gaming apps will allow iPhone and iPad users to stream games ...
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Spotify Shares Its Vision for In-App Purchases Ahead of EU Regulation

Wednesday January 24, 2024 4:15 am PST by
Spotify has shared its vision for bringing in-app payments back to its iOS app, once Apple is forced to comply with Europe's looming digital market regulations. The streaming service shared mockups of what it expects its app to look like, including information about pricing, subscription offers and in-app audiobook purchases. Spotify has not allowed customers to sign up for a Spotify Premium ...
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App Store to Be 'Split in Two' Ahead of EU iPhone Sideloading Deadline

Monday January 15, 2024 7:57 am PST by
Apple is preparing to split the App Store "in two" in the coming weeks ahead of European Union requirements that will force Apple to enable app sideloading in the region, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports. In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman explained that Apple is gearing up to make changes to the ‌App Store‌ in the EU to comply with the region's impending Digital...
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Apple Tests App Store Bundle Subscription Discounts

Monday December 18, 2023 2:18 am PST by
Apple has announced an App Store pilot program called "contingent pricing" that lets app developers offer discounts to customers with multiple subscriptions. Developers can offer contingent pricing to customers who already have subscriptions "from one developer or two different developers." For example, a developer could attract customers to a subscription by offering discounted pricing if...
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Apple Settles Family Sharing Subscription Lawsuit

Friday December 15, 2023 9:05 am PST by
Apple has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over Family Sharing, and will pay out $25 million to put an end to the case. First filed in 2019, the lawsuit accused Apple of misrepresenting the way that subscriptions to third-party apps worked with the Family Sharing feature. While Family Sharing allows participants to share subscriptions with one another, app developers can opt out of...
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EU Plans to Let Spotify Direct Users to Other Payment Options on iPhone

Wednesday December 13, 2023 8:11 am PST by
Apple might soon face a setback in its EU antitrust battle with Spotify, which filed a complaint against the iPhone maker over four years ago. EU regulators are planning to force Apple to allow competing music services like Spotify to direct users to payment methods other than the App Store's in-app purchase system within their apps, or face a fine of as much as 10% of its annual sales,...
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Apple Reveals Most Popular App Store Apps and Games of 2023

Tuesday December 12, 2023 7:07 am PST by
As the end of 2023 nears, Apple today revealed the most downloaded App Store apps and games of the year in the United States, as listed below. The year-end charts can also be found in the App Store's Today tab, and they are localized for more than 35 countries and regions. Top Free iPhone Apps 1. Temu: Shop Like a Billionaire 2. CapCut - Video Editor 3. Max: Stream HBO, TV, & Movies...

Apple Announces 2023 App Store Award Winners

Wednesday November 29, 2023 7:00 pm PST by
Apple today chose its 2023 App Store Award winners, highlighting the best apps and games on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more. Apple is recognizing 14 apps and games in total, with the winners picked by the global App Store Editorial team. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. According to Apple, the 2023 App Store Award Winners provided users "with meaningful experiences" ...
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Apple Announces 2023 App Store Award Finalists

Tuesday November 14, 2023 7:00 am PST by
Apple today shared its 2023 App Store award finalists, highlighting standout apps chosen by the App Store editorial team. Apple has picked almost 40 apps and games to showcase across 10 different categories. "We are excited about the achievements of these App Store Award finalists who are helping users around the world to explore their interests in drawing, design, video editing, education,...
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iPhone App Sideloading Coming to Users in the EU in First Half of 2024

Monday November 13, 2023 1:00 am PST by
iPhone users in the EU next year will be able to download apps hosted outside of Apple's official App Store to comply with European regulations, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Otherwise known as sideloading, the change coming sometime in the first half of 2024 will allow customers to download apps without needing to use the App Store, which will mean developers won't need to pay...
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Several App Store Employees Fired in China for Accepting Free Meals and Nightclub Trips From Developers

Wednesday October 18, 2023 10:59 am PDT by
At least five employees who worked for the App Store in China have been fired for inappropriate conduct with developers and consultants, according to a report from The Information. ‌App Store‌ employees with review and editorial roles are not supposed to meet with developers, but an internal audit raised suspicions about half a dozen workers, leading to an investigation. Apple found that the ...
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Apple 'Concerned' About China's New App Store Rules Banning Unregistered Foreign Apps

Friday September 29, 2023 2:46 am PDT by
Apple staff met with Chinese officials in recent months to discuss concerns over new rules that will restrict Apple from offering many foreign apps currently available in its China App Store, according to a new paywalled Wall Street Journal report. China already blocks the websites of many popular Western social media apps like Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, YouTube, and...
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Apple Invites Developers to Cupertino for Workshop on Optimizing Apps for Performance and Battery Life

Wednesday September 6, 2023 3:42 pm PDT by
Apple today sent out emails inviting developers to visit the Apple Developer Center in Cupertino, California for a workshop on app optimization. Apple says that developers can learn to maximize app performance to "give people a great experience." Attendees will learn how to optimize Apple frameworks and what Apple tools can be used for identifying and resolving performance issues. Apple...