With tensions running high over exactly what Apple may announce at its event scheduled for Tuesday, buyers are curious exactly when they will be able to order before the holiday masses. Clear your calendar, we are are hearing that iPad mini will be released on Friday, November 2. Apple typically
Even though the official release date of the new iPad, that was announced just one week ago, isn't until this Friday the 16th, people all around the world are getting their grubby hands on the device prior to everyone else. No, this isn't a case of UPS letting a few units slip through due to their incapability to embargo tons of devices.
It looks like Apple has really taken this whole developer relations thing to heart. App approval times have shrunk from months to just days. Now Craig Hockenberry's wish may have come true. Developer Ron Jonson of Hobbyist Software got an update to his app approved in just an hour.
Apple has added a more detailed clock for developers showing the status of applications that have been submitted for review. The new clock adds a value for the percent of apps and app updates that have been approved in the past seven days. The change is part of a recent push to make the app publishing process as smooth and hassle-free for developers as possible.
Apple has announced the rollout out a new feature in their iTunes Connect developer interface. In response to each developer having more and more apps they've submitted to the App Store, Apple has added a new search capability to the 'Manage Your Application' module that will allow them to quickly locate their app. Using the search, developers can now find their app by searching it's name, Apple ID or approval status (such as 'Ready For Sale' or 'In Review').
Storm8, a developer responsible for iMobsters, Vampires Live, and Zombies LIve, is the target of a class action lawsuit accusing them of secretly collecting the phone numbers of users who download and play their games. The company claims that their games have been downloaded more than 20 million times. Storm8 admitted to transferring users' phone numbers back in August, but shook it off as only a bug.
A coding firm in India was recently exposed for falsifying their resume, claiming to have coded several popular apps in the App Store that they had nothing to do with in order to gain clients. The story starts with TapBots CEO, Paul Haddad, being asked if their popular app, ConvertBot [App Store, $0.99] was coded by Trucid. Of course, it was coded by TapBots LLC.
Apple Inc. today announced that more than two billion applications have been downloaded from its App Store, which currently hosts more than 85,000 apps available to the more than 50 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide and over 125,000 developers in Apple’s iPhone Developer Program.
Today Apple announced a new section to its iPhone Dev Center called the "App Store Resource Center." This new section provides developers with important information on how to manage applications they've submitted to the App Store. In their words, it's "a single destination designed to make it easier for you to find details on everything you need to know about distributing your app on the App Store — from how to prepare for app submission to managing your app once it's been posted." While the new section doesn't seem to contain any remarkable info for App Store veterans, it's likely to significantly help new developers when managing their apps in the store. Back in August Apple added a "News and Announcements" section, app approval statistics, and contact information to the iPhone Dev Center.
We've seen a lot of different ways developers will promote their apps, but this one is a first. Charleston, South Carolina-based developer Slicker has opened up a brick and mortar storefront, just for the purpose of spreading the word about their app Charleston City Slicker. The app takes users on a step-by-step tour of the historic city, and uses the iPhone's many features like location services and hi-definition video to immerse the user in the experience.