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Apple Releases Enhanced Sandbox Testing to Developers

Thursday September 10, 2020 5:33 am PDT by
After being announced earlier this year at WWDC, Apple has now released enhanced sandbox testing to developers. The feature will allow developers to test their in-app purchases for a wide range of scenarios, such as upgrades, downgrades, cancellations, introductory offers, and interrupted purchases. The Apple sandbox environment lets you test in-app purchases on devices using product...
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Apple Introduces Subscription Codes for Developers

Wednesday September 2, 2020 1:57 pm PDT by
Apple today informed developers about an upcoming Subscription Code feature that's designed to allow developers to offer up discounted or free auto-renewable subscriptions to lure customers. Later this year, you'll be able to acquire, retain, and win back subscribers with subscription offer codes: unique, alphanumeric codes that provide free or discounted prices for auto-renewable...

Apple Raising App Store Prices in Chile, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Turkey Due to Tax Changes

Tuesday September 1, 2020 11:22 am PDT by
Apple today began informing developers of upcoming App Store pricing changes in several countries due to tax changes, with the prices of apps and in-app purchases affected. Prices are shifting in Chile, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Chile: New value-added tax of 19% Mexico: New value-added tax of 16% Saudi Arabia: Increase in value-added tax from 5% to 15% Turkey: New...
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Apple Encourages Developers to Use iOS 14's New App Attest API to Protect Against Security Threats

Monday August 3, 2020 9:56 am PDT by
Apple in iOS 14 added a new App Attest API to the DeviceCheck feature that helps keep iOS apps secure. Apple today sent out a reminder to developers, letting them know about the new API. App Attest is designed to reduce fraudulent app use, generating a cryptographic key on a device to verify app integrity before the server provides access, which will help cut down on hacked apps and apps...

U.S. Antitrust Regulators Investigating Apple's App Store Fees and Policies

Friday June 26, 2020 3:14 pm PDT by
As part of an ongoing antitrust inquiry into Apple's App Store policies, U.S. antitrust regulators are looking into the 30 percent cut that Apple takes from in-app subscriptions, reports Bloomberg. Government lawyers have been meeting with developers over the course of the last several months, and in meetings as recent as last week, developers have been asked questions about Apple's...

Apple Highlights More Projects Designed by Swift Student Challenge Winners

Thursday June 25, 2020 1:23 pm PDT by
Apple hosts a Swift Student Challenge ahead of WWDC each year, tasking students with creating an innovative Swift Playgrounds project. Apple has been highlighting Swift Student Challenge winners in 2020, and today shared some of the projects students created on the Apple Developer site. Brazilian student Henrique Conto, for example, created a three-minute Touch Bar game where players help a...

Apple Now Letting Developers Know When Customers Request In-App Refunds to Prevent Scams

Wednesday June 24, 2020 12:48 pm PDT by
Apple is introducing a new in-app purchase server notification system that lets developers know when a customer requests and receives a refund for an in-app purchase, allowing the developer to take an appropriate action, such as revoking the purchased item. Developers are not involved in Apple's refund process, which is handled by the company. Prior to now, when a user requested and received ...

Apple Revamps App Store Connect With Responsive, Mobile-Friendly Interface

Tuesday June 16, 2020 12:34 pm PDT by
Apple today updated App Store Connect on the web, based on tweets from developers who are pleased with the newly introduced interface changes. ‌App Store‌ Connect is designed to let app developers manage the apps that they have available for download in the ‌App Store‌. New UI on the App Store Connect dashboard! #iOS— illustratorSal (@thatsalih) June 16, 2020 ...

Apple Launches Open Source Project to Let Password Management Apps Create Strong Passwords

Friday June 5, 2020 9:20 am PDT by
Apple today informed developers that it has launched a new open source project that's designed to let those who develop password management apps create strong passwords compatible with popular websites. The new Password Manager Resources open source project allows password management apps to integrate website-specific requirements used by the iCloud Keychain password manager to generate...

Ahead of WWDC, Apple Invites Some Developers to Attend Virtual Accessibility Session

Monday April 20, 2020 8:05 pm PDT by
Apple is inviting some developers to a special Accessibility session designed to teach them how iOS apps can take advantage of accessibility features built into the operating system, according to an email shared by developer Steve Troughton-Smith. The event, set to be held on April 23, will be an online session that takes place live, with developers able to ask questions and sign up for...

Apple Shares Updated Human Interface Guidelines for HealthKit, Now Lets Developers Use Apple Health Icon

Monday April 20, 2020 11:32 am PDT by
Apple today informed developers that it has released updated Human Interface Guidelines for HealthKit, providing new guidance on using the Apple Health app icon, additional guidance on using Apple Health-related terms, and new privacy and data usage guidelines. HealthKit is the SDK that allows developers to create integrations with the Apple Health app for health and fitness-focused apps,...

Apple Updates 'Apple Developer' App With New Video Features Ahead of Digital WWDC

Thursday March 26, 2020 11:47 am PDT by
Apple today updated its Apple Developer app to add new features related to video watching and sharing. The Apple Developer app was formerly known as the WWDC app, and it is where content from this year's digital WWDC event will be accessible to developers. Today's update introduces multiple playback speeds for watching videos, an option to interact with full video transcripts, and a feature...

Apple Lets Developers Know That Universal Purchase for Mac Apps is Now Available

Monday March 23, 2020 4:57 pm PDT by
macOS versions of apps can now be included as part of a universal purchase, which allows customers to purchase a single app (or in-app purchase) that works across iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Apple says that developers can get ready to use the feature by assigning a single bundle ID for apps in Xcode and setting up their app record for universal purchase using App Store Connect. A ...

As of April 30, All Apps Submitted to App Store Must Use iOS 13 SDK or Later

Wednesday March 4, 2020 9:40 am PST by
Apple today informed developers that starting on April 30, 2020, all iPhone and iPad apps submitted to the App Store must be built with iOS and iPadOS 13 SDK or later. Apple previously told developers that iOS and iPadOS 13 SDKs would be required as of April, but did not give a specific date.iOS 13 is now running on 77% of all iOS devices introduced in the last four years, worldwide. Deliver ...

Apple Shares Updated App Store Review Guidelines on Spam, Push Notifications, App Store Reviews, MDM Apps and More

Wednesday March 4, 2020 9:34 am PST by
Apple today informed developers that it has released updated App Store Review Guidelines, with changes that cover reviews, spam, push notifications, Sign in with Apple, data collection and storage, mobile device management, and more. Apple's new guidelines can be found on its developer website, but we've highlighted a few notable changes below. 1.4.4 - Apps used to commit or attempt to...
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Apple Disables Clearview AI's Developer Account After Violating Enterprise Certificate Rules

Friday February 28, 2020 12:12 pm PST by
Apple has disabled the developer account of New York City-based facial recognition startup Clearview AI and provided the company with 14 days to respond for violating the rules of its enterprise program, according to BuzzFeed News. As part of the program, Apple issues enterprise certificates to large organizations to deploy select apps to their employees for internal use only, but the report...

Apple Expands Free Developer Program Memberships for Eligible Organizations to Additional Countries

Monday February 3, 2020 4:00 pm PST by
Apple offers free Developer Program memberships to nonprofit organizations, accredited educational institutions, and government entities that distribute free apps on the App Store. These free memberships have been available in countries that include the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Japan, and Brazil, but as of today, they're also expanding to eight new countries. Eligible...

Apple Debuts New Reality Converter App for Converting and Customizing USDZ 3D Objects on Mac

Monday January 13, 2020 2:30 pm PST by
Apple today informed developers about the release of a new Reality Converter App, which is designed to allow users to convert, view, and customize USDZ 3D objects on the Mac. Common 3D file formats like .obj, .gltf, and .usd can be dragged and dropped into the Reality Converter app, which offers up a converted USDZ result that can be then be edited and customized. The app supports adding...

Apple Outlines Developer Tools Available for Complying With the EU's New Data Regulation Rules

Friday March 30, 2018 12:59 pm PDT by
Apple today told developers that it is offering a set of tools to help them fulfill data requests made by users in the European Union or other places around the world to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that goes into effect in May. Following the implementation of the GDPR developers will need to comply with customer requests for accessing, managing, restricting, and...
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All New Apps Must Be Built With iOS 11 SDK Starting in April

Thursday February 15, 2018 11:41 am PST by
Apple today sent out a notice to developers letting them know that starting in April of 2018, all new apps submitted to the App Store must be built using the iOS 11 SDK, which is included in Xcode 9 or later. Furthermore, Apple says that all new apps designed for the iPhone, including universal apps, must support the iPhone X's Super Retina display. Update your version of Xcode to the...