Archive for the ‘App Store’ Category

Apple to Release iOS 8 on September 17

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

desktop_ios8_icon At its press event today, Apple announced that the next version of its mobile operating system will be available starting September 17. iOS 8 was first unveiled at the keynote event for WWDC in June and it will offer several upgrades to Siri’s capabilities, notifications, keyboard enhancements and more.

We’re excited for hundreds of millions of users to begin experiencing iOS 8, with incredible features that offer new ways to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “iOS 8 also creates an extraordinary environment for developers, providing them the ability to create amazing new apps like never before.”

New APIs available to developers will allow them to share data across apps. Mac users will get even more integration and communication between their computers and iOS devices with iCloud Drive for centralized storage of documents and the ability start and continue text message conversations and even phone calls on a Mac running Yosemite, the next version of Apple’s Mac operating system due to be released this fall.

iOS 8 will be a free download and will work on the following devices: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, fifth-generation iPod touch, iPad 2, 3, and 4, iPad Air, and all iPad mini models.

Apple to Live Stream September 9 iPhone Announcement Event

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

9-9-14 event screenshot

In case you hadn’t already heard, Apple will be holding a press event on September 9 where the company is expected to announce the next iPhone models and perhaps even unveil a new wearable device along with the release date of iOS 8. This afternoon, Apple announced that the event will be streamed live through its website and on a special channel on its Apple TV devices. The event will take place at 9:00 am PDT next Tuesday at the Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino and you can tune into www.apple.com/live to catch the juicy details as the event unfolds. Prior to the event, you’ll find a countdown timer and even a handy little shortcut to add the event to your calendar on that page.

So far, the rumors flying around indicate that Apple will announce two iPhone models with larger screens – one with a 4.7-inch screen and a second with a 5.5-inch screen. The announcement of a wearable device, dubbed the iWatch by the press, is also expected though reports state that this device won’t actually be available to purchase for several months. If you want an overview of all of these rumors, check out the iPhone 6 Roundup page and the iWatch Roundup page over at our sister site, MacRumors.com.

As an Apple fan, I am definitely looking forward to this event and I do plan to upgrade to whatever new iPhone Apple announces to appease the ever-hungry technology addict that lives within me. If both models have the same features, I’ll probably go for the 4.7-inch model since with small hands, the 4-inch screen of the iPhone 5s is almost a stretch for me already and going much larger will negate its utility for me. I say that now but I make no promises since I could easily be seduced by the larger model. Which model iPhone do you think you’ll get? Tell us in the comments.

Apple Announces iOS 8 and Mac OS X ‘Yosemite’

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

desktop_ios8_iconAt the keynote event for its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference today, Apple announced and previewed the next versions of the operating systems for its mobile devices and Macintosh computers. Both iOS 8 and Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite will be released to the public this fall and will be free of charge.

iOS 8 gets several major upgrades in basic functionality with changes to Siri, Spotlight search, and notifications. Siri can be invoked hands-free with the phrase “Hey, Siri” and will be able to offer song recognition and make purchases from the iTunes store. Spotlight will be able to search the App Store and provide information at a glance from sources like Wikipedia.

Notifications will be more interactive with actions possible without leaving the current app. For example, the notification for a new text message can be dragged downward and replied to immediately without needing to go the Messages app.

Apple is also offering developers more features that will allow them to share data between apps, show data on the lock screen within widgets, and and they will be able to use TouchID to protect apps (to unlock an app like Intuit’s Mint, for example).

Yosemite for Mac will feature a more streamlined interface, updates to Safari, Finder, and Mail, and even greater integration with iOS with Handoff, which lets users pick up editing a document easily when switching between an iOS device and a Mac. Sending files between Macs and iOS devices with AirDrop will also be possible with Yosemite.

iCloud Drive will store files in the cloud and synchronize automatically with users able to access files via Macs and iOS devices.

There are many more changes and new features and you can check out Apple’s press releases for iOS 8 and Yosemite if you want more details and marketing speak. I’m very excited for iOS 8 and the upgrades to Siri and notifications. What are you looking forward to most?

Apple Kicks Off Countdown Contest to 50 Billion App Downloads with $10,000 Prize

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Apple announced a new contest yesterday to commemorate the upcoming 50 billionth download from the App Store with a $10,000 App Store gift card as the grand prize. Additional prizes of $500 App Store gift cards will be given to those who download the next 50 apps after that.

To enter, all you need to do is download an app (free or paid) and if you happen to download the 50 billionth app or one of the 50 after that, you win. If you’d rather not go through the trouble of downloading an app, you can enter to win by completing an online form right here. You can find the official contest rules here.

The contest page in iTunes also lists the top free and paid apps of all time. Unsurprisingly, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja top the paid list while Facebook and Pandora Radio top the free list.

Apple held a similar contest to mark the 25 billionth download in February 2012, also offering a $10,000 App Store gift card prize then, which was won by Chunli Fu of China. That contest lasted less than two weeks until a winner was announced and I’d wager this contest will conclude even faster than that, so get to downloading apps sooner rather than later to increase your chances of winning. If you’re not looking to spend any money, check out our Top 200 Free iPhone Apps and Top 200 Free iPad Apps lists.

iTunes Connect Holiday Closure: No New Apps or Updates December 21-28

Friday, December 21st, 2012

As in previous years Apple is shutting down iTunes Connect, the tool through which developers manage their apps available in the Mac and iOS App Stores, for the holidays from December 21 through December 28. This means that Apple isn’t approving or releasing any new apps, app updates, or allowing price changes during this entire period. Since AppShopper gets its information in real-time directly from Apple, our price drop, updates, and new apps lists on our site and in our app will consequently not change during this time.

So if you see these lists look the same to you over the next few days, don’t worry – nothing’s wrong or broken on our end. Our site and app are just reflecting the lack of activity in the App Store because of this closure. You’ll start seeing new apps, updates, and price changes on December 29 when iTunes Connect opens back up. Note that our Popular lists will continue to change during the closure since they rely in part on other data that doesn’t come from Apple.

Apple Announces iOS 6 Release for September 19

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

At today’s media event, Apple announced that iOS 6 will be released on September 19, just a couple days prior to the release of the iPhone 5 in the US and eight other countries.

First announced at Apple’s WWDC keynote event in June, iOS 6 will offer a bunch of new features. Siri will be enhanced to provide sports scores, post to Twitter or Facebook, give movie listings, and more. The Maps app will feature turn-by-turn voice navigation guidance and a 3D Flyover mode to show realistic building and landscape details. The new Passbook app will hold your passes, tickets, and loyalty and payment cards from participating businesses like Starbucks, American Airlines, and Target so far.

A new Do Not Disturb feature will mute alerts and calls during times you designate so you can sleep or work uninterrupted (or interrupted only by people you specify in advance). The Phone app will let you send a quick a text message reply when you can’t take a call or set a reminder for you to call someone back later.

Like iOS 5, iOS 6 will be a free update for compatible devices, which are the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 and later, and the 4th-generation iPod touch and later.

Apple Adds ‘Food & Drink’ Category to App Store

Monday, July 16th, 2012

 

Apple has added a new Food & Drink category to the iOS App Store. Apple told MacStories earlier this month that this category is for apps that had previously been in the Lifestyle category and is now home to “apps that help users cook and bake, mix drinks, manage recipes, find new restaurants and bars, and learn what their friends like to eat and drink”.

Food & Drink is home to the free Starbucks app, which is one of my most-used apps, as well as offerings from the Food Network, restaurants like Chipotle, Domino’s Pizza and many others, as you’d expect.

The new Food & Drink category is now available here on AppShopper in the category drop-down menu so you can browse it to your heart’s content. Or, you can browse this category right in iTunes through this link. At the time of this post, there are more than 2,800 iPhone apps and 1,200 iPad apps in this category.

Heads Up: Corrupt App Store Downloads Causing Apps to Crash on Launch [UPDATED]

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Instapaper developer Marco Arment pointed out yesterday that there’s been something amiss with some app updates downloaded from the iOS and Mac App Stores for the last couple of days and the problem still persists. According to Arment, app binaries (the bundle of files that make up an app that developers submit to Apple for distribution) are somehow being corrupted on Apple’s end and when users go to open these apps, they will crash on launch and will not open.

Here’s a list of issues directly from Arment’s post that users might experience:

  • The app crashes immediately on launch, every time, even after a delete and reinstall as long as the corrupt file is being served by the App Store.
  • It doesn’t even show the Default.png before crashing. Just a split-second of a partial fade to black, then back to Springboard.
  • It may only affect customers in some regions.
  • If updating from iTunes, some customers might get a dialog citing error 8324 or 8326.
  • Mac apps might show this dialog:“[App] is damaged and can’t be opened. Delete [App] and download it again from the App Store.”
  • The console might show: AppleFairplayTextCrypterSession::fairplayOpen() failed, error -42110

Arment notes that this problem seems to be occurring primarily for app updates and not new apps just released to the App Store, and this may only be affecting users in certain areas. He’s compiled a list of apps affected, which contains more than 70 apps at the time of this post including some prominent ones like his own Instapaper and even Angry Birds Space Free.

If you downloaded an app update recently and are experiencing some of the issues Arment describes, please keep this issue in mind and refrain from writing a negative app review based solely on this experience. From what can be told so far, this is not the fault of any of the developers and I urge you to not take it out on them with a negative review. So far, Apple has not publicly responded to these reports though the company appears to be addressing the problem on an app-by-app basis when alerted. If you’re an app developer, you may wish to heed Arment’s warning to avoid releasing an update for your app until this has been resolved.

UPDATE: Apple told AllThingsD yesterday that this issue has been fixed, saying in a statement to the publication, “We had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded.” To remedy any affected apps, users are encouraged to simply re-download the app from the App Store.

Apple Announces 2012 Design Award Winners

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Apple announced the winners of its 2012 Design Awards yesterday at WWDC to recognize iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps that demonstrated excellence in design, innovation, and technical excellence. Only apps available in the iOS and Mac App Stores as of May 1 were eligible. The selected winners receive an Apple Design Award trophy as well as other prizes.

The 2012 Apple Design Award winners are as follows:

iPhone Apps

  • Games

    Jetpack Joyride

    Last Changed:
    8 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (4341)
    Version:
    1.7.5
    iOS Universal

    You're going for a ride - from the creators of FRUIT NINJA! Now updated to support the beautiful Retina display for the new iPad! ** Winner ** - Apple Design Award 2012! - Pocket Gamer - Best...

  • Games

    Where's My Water?

    Last Changed:
    5 days ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (1604)
    Version:
    1.13.1
    iOS Universal

    Get the GAME OF THE YEAR award-winning puzzler! Help Swampy by guiding water to his broken shower. Each level is a challenging physics-based puzzle with amazing life-like mechanics. Cut through dirt...

  • Education

    Bobo Explores Light

    Last Changed:
    17 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (27)
    Version:
    2.3
    iOS iPad

    ••• Apple Design Award 2012 Winner ••• Hold a fully functional science museum for kids 4-12 in the palm of your hand! iPad App of the Week, winner of the KAPi Award 2011 for Best...

  • Music

    DM1 - The Drum Machine

    Last Changed:
    13 weeks ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (59)
    Version:
    4.2
    iOS iPad

    DM1 is an advanced vintage Drum Machine. It turns your iPad into a fun and creative beat making machine. Easy and fast to use, loaded with 99 superb electronic drum kits and beautiful hyper-realistic...

  • $1999Buy Now
    Games

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution -...

    Last Changed:
    2 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (130)
    Version:
    1.0.1
    Mac OS

    Chosen as Game of the Year in the "Mac App Store Best of 2012" selection. At the edge of humanity, there’s nothing to stop you falling. Before you buy, expand this description...

  • Games

    LIMBO

    Last Changed:
    14 hours ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (865)
    Version:
    1.1
    Mac OS

    Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO. System Requirements Please be advised that LIMBO only runs Macs produced in 2009 and onwards. Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6.0(Snow Leopard) or...

  • $7999Buy Now
    Graphics & Design

    Sketch

    Last Changed:
    11 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (28)
    Version:
    2.4.3
    Mac OS

    - Apple Design Award Winner, 2012 & Among App Store's ‘Best of 2012’ - Sketch is a designer’s dream toolbox, combining a beautifully simple interface with powerful tools. Sketch...

  • Books

    Little Star

    Last Changed:
    4 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (81)
    Version:
    2.2
    iOS Universal

    •2013 The Lovie Award •2012 Apple Design Award Winner •2011 IMEA Mobile Application Featured Awards •Featured by Apple in “Editor's Choice” in the US, Canada, China and others!...

Apple Announces New Features and July Release for OS X Mountain Lion

Monday, June 11th, 2012

At today’s WWDC keynote event, Apple announced several new features for the next version of the Mac operating system and noted that it will be available next month for $19.99 through the Mac App Store.

The pace of innovation on the Mac is amazing, OS X Mountain Lion comes just a year after the incredibly successful launch of Lion,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With iCloud built right in and the new Notification Center, Messages, Dictation, Facebook integration and more, this is the best OS X yet.”

As previously revealed by a rumor, Mountain Lion will include a dictation feature that will be available system-wide to enable entering text by voice. Facebook integration will also debut, making it easy to share links and photos directly without navigating to Facebook’s site or a 3rd-party app.

The new Power Nap feature will let the new, thinner MacBook Pro with a Retina display announced today and the 2nd-generation and later MacBook Air models complete app updates and Time Machine back-ups and downloads emails and more while charging in sleep mode.

iCloud Tabs will sync open Safari browser windows across all Macs and iOS devices using the same iCloud account, making it easy to pick up where you left off browsing the web when moving from one device to another.

As previously revealed, Mountain Lion will gain several apps and features already available in iOS 5, including iMessage (via the new Messages app), Notification Center, Reminders, Game Center, and more.

Of course, we’ll let you know as soon as Mountain Lion is available through the Mac App Store next month!