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[Update 5:00 PM ET: Apple claims that the problem has been resolved] The App Stores currently suffering from an issue with the search functionality, which is making it extremely difficult for users to find specific apps they want to acquire by name in some instances. Searches performed in both the iOS App Store and the Mac App Store are apparently failing to show up listings for some major apps in its search results, instead directing users to other apps in the store that may not be as useful as the intended app.
Apple has once again leveraged iTunes and the App Store to collect donations from customers on behalf of the American Red Cross. On this occasion, the donations are being directed towards earthquake relief efforts for those affected by the recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador. As has been Apple's practice in the past, 100 percent of the donations made through the iTunes Store and the App Store are passed on to the Red Cross. Customers who click on on the related banner can make donations in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200 amounts.
Apple's iOS continues to be the leading platform for developers looking to monetize their apps, according to App Annie. Although Google's Android is the most popular smartphone operating system worldwide, its users remain much more frugal than iOS users when it comes to spending money on apps or in-app purchases. In fact, despite the Play Store generating around twice the number of downloads as iOS users, the iOS App Store took in 90 percent more revenue.
New new data shows that the Chinese iOS App Store revenues have outstripped earnings from the Japanese iOS App Store for the first time. Tracking from analytics firm App Annie shows that revenues from the Chinese iOS App Store have been on a rapidly increasing trajectory over the past 12 months. However, this upward trend spiked towards the latter half of 2016, with the Chinese market now the second largest iOS App Store earner for Apple behind only the U.S.
Apple has teamed up with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in an initiative dubbed 'Apps for Earth.' The new App Store promotion comes with Earth Day approaching on Friday, April 22, with a number of prominent apps participating in the fund raiser. The promotion is on now and is running through to April 24 with all the sales going to WWF. As has happened in the past with similar fund raising efforts run through the App Store, some of the apps have been updated with related thematic content.
The developers of third-party apps that access the community site Reddit have found their apps to have been pulled from the App Store for breaking content rules. Antenna, BaconReader, Eggplant, and Narwhal were all temporarily removed from store listings for violating one of the App Store rules regarding pornographic content, with the timing of the removals also occurring less than a week after the site launched its own official reader app for iOS.
The continuing changes in exchange rates between currencies has forced Apple to change the prices of goods sold in the App Store, increasing the cost for both apps and in-app purchases in Norway. Apple has contacted developers via iTunes Connect to warn about the rising prices, which will occur on products sold in the App Store in the country within the next few days, with affected users expected to be informed about the increased prices in the near future.
After an app called InstaAgent was discovered in the Google Play and iOS App Stores last November to be credential-stealing malware, the program was removed. The developer of the software, Turker Bayram, has returned with two new apps -- "Who Cares With Me -- InstaDetector" and "InstaCare -- Who Cares With Me" for both iOS and Android that appear to again steal login credentials by claiming the app will show users who is tracking their Instagram account, when in fact it obtains user passwords and then uses that information to insert ads into the user's feed.
Users of the fourth-generation Apple TV will find it easier to discover new apps for the tvOS set-top box, after Apple added several new app categories to the Apple TV App Store. The second update that is useful to end users released this week, a total of 12 new categories have been added to the store, with the expansion mostly concerning app categories not typically associated with streaming media to the Apple TV or set-top boxes in general.
The App Store is a constantly-changing place, with new apps joining the catalog, while others adjust their prices to encourage some new sales. App Deals for iOS aims to point you in the direction of apps for your iPhone or iPad that have been reduced in price, making them an essential purchase, or in some cases, even free.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE