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Apple launches an app for testing devices that work with ‘Find My’

Apple has launched a new app, Find My Certification Asst., designed for use by MFi (Made for iPhone) Licensees, who need to test their accessories’ interoperability with Apple’s Find My network. The network helps users find lost Apple devices — like iPhones, AirPods and Mac computers, among other things — but is poised to add support for finding other compatible accessories manufactured by third parties. The launch of the testing app signals that Apple may be ready to announce the launch of the ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Apps, Europe, Hardware, Tech, iOS App Store, Tile, Apple Inc, Developer Tools, MFI, Congressional, Network Technology, UWB, Find My

This Week in Apps: Apple bans party app, China loses 39K iOS games, TikTok births a ‘Ratatousical’

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with  204 billion total downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Not including Chinese third-party app stores, iOS and Android users in 2020 130 billion apps and spent a record $112 billion. In 2019, people spent three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Due to COVID-...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Google Play, Facebook, Apps, New York, Hollywood, Media, Instagram, China, Disney, Samsung, Tech, Ios Apps, Developers

Google pulled its emergency location-sharing app and told people to use Maps instead — but in the switch, users will lose 1 key feature

Jon Cartwright/Getty Images Google removed Trusted Contacts, its location-sharing app designed for emergencies, from the App Store on Sunday. Anyone who has already downloaded it can continue using it until December 1, it said in an email to users. It said that location sharing was now built into Google Maps. But Trusted Contacts also lets your family and friends see your location if you cannot respond in an emergency — Google Maps does not. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stor...
Tags: Google, Safety, Iphone Apps, Trends, App, Ios Apps, Android Apps, App Store, Google Maps, Sundar Pichai, iOS App Store, Tech Insider, Grace Dean, Jon Cartwright Getty Images Google

Spotify launches an automatically updating iOS 14 widget

Spotify today has released its highly-anticipated iOS 14 widget with the latest app update. The new widget, which comes in both the small and medium sizes for the time being, allows you to quickly access your recently played artists, albums and podcasts with a tap. The smaller widget will display just your most recently listened to item, while the medium-sized widget will instead show the five most recent items — four in a horizontal row and the most recent at the top. In that case, you can actu...
Tags: Ios, Customization, TC, Spotify, Taylor Swift, Etsy, Tech, Widgets, Widget, iOS App Store, Ios 14, Ios 14 Homescreen, Ios 14 Widgets

Judge denies Epic’s request to force Apple to bring Fortnite back to App Store

The California judge in the legal skirmish between Epic Games and Apple has denied Epic’s request that Apple be forced to reinstate Fortnite in the App Store, but did affirm that Apple can not take action against the Epic Games developer accounts used to bring Unreal Engine developers access to Apple devices. The court’s decision re-affirmed their proclamation from late August in a court hearing where Epic Games’ lawyers sought to obtain a temporary restraining order after Apple informed t...
Tags: Apple, TC, Video Games, Mac, California, Tech, Software, Epic, Computing, App Store, iOS App Store, Apple Inc, Epic Games, Unreal Engine, IAP, Fortnite

The billionaire behind 'Fortnite' has played over 1,600 matches without anyone knowing it was him

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. Rachel Luna / Getty Images "Fortnite" is one of the most popular games all over the world, with hundreds of millions of players. One of those hundreds of millions of players, it turns out, is Epic Games' billionaire CEO Tim Sweeney. He has logged over 1,600 games of the Battle Royale giant, he told NPR. "I just go play randomly with groups of people and they have no idea who I am and we just have a good time together," Sweeney said.  Visit Business Insider's hom...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Android, Google Play, Google Play Store, Ipad, Gaming, Lawsuit, Video Games, Entertainment, Trends, Epic, Play Store, Npr, App Store

Epic files an injunction against Apple over threat to revoke all developer access

After taking a stand against Apple’s hefty cut of the money developers make through the App Store, Fortnite maker Epic Games shows no signs of backing down. The company filed an injunction against Apple in the U.S. District Court for California’s Northern District on Monday after it received a letter notifying Epic that its developer accounts and access to developer tools would be cut off at the end of next week. Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and has informed Epic that on Frida...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Gaming, California, Tech, Epic, App Store, Apple Store, iOS App Store, Epic Games, U S District Court, Northern District, TechCrunch Apple, App Store Apple, Fortnite

Epic files motion for injunction against Apple over threat to revoke all developer access

After taking a stand against Apple’s hefty cut of the money developers make through the App Store, Fortnite maker Epic Games shows no signs of backing down. The company filed a motion for an injunction against Apple in the U.S. District Court for California’s Northern District on Monday after it received a letter notifying Epic that its developer accounts and access to developer tools would be cut off at the end of next week. Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and has informed Epic ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Gaming, California, Tech, Epic, App Store, Apple Store, iOS App Store, Epic Games, U S District Court, Northern District, TechCrunch Apple, App Store Apple, Fortnite

Telegram hits out at Apple’s app store ‘tax’ in latest EU antitrust complaint

Apple has another antitrust charge on its plate. Messaging app Telegram has joined Spotify in filing a formal complaint against the iOS App Store in Europe — adding its voice to a growing number of developers willing to publicly rail against what they decry as Apple’s app “tax”. A spokesperson for Telegram confirmed the complaint to TechCrunch, pointing us to this public Telegram post where founder, Pavel Durov, sets out seven reasons why he thinks iPhone users should be concerned about the...
Tags: Travel, Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, Ipad, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Europe, Lawsuit, Cook, US

Apple digs in heels over its App Store commission structure with release of new study

Apple today is again taking to the press to fight back against claims of anti-competitive practices on its App Store. Last month, the company detailed the results of a commissioned study that showed how Apple wasn’t receiving a cut of revenue on the majority of App Store transactions — $519 billion in commerce. This time, Apple is touting the results of a new study that is meant to demonstrate how Apple’s App Store commission rate is similar to those of other app stores and digital content ma...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Amazon, Facebook, Apps, Tech, Ios Apps, Netflix, Tim Cook, Nintendo, Antitrust, App Store, iOS App Store, Google Amazon, Today Apple, AppStore

Apple Pay and iOS App Store under formal antitrust probe in Europe

Apple is under formal investigation by antitrust regulators in European Union — following a number of complaints related to how it operates the iOS App Store and also its payment offering, Apple Pay. The Commission said today that it has concerns that conditions and restrictions applied by the tech giant may be distorting competition in a number of areas, following a preliminary probe of the issues. Back in March 2019, European music streaming service Spotify filed an antitrust complaint agai...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Europe, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ipads, Competition, Itunes, Ireland, Commission, European Commission

The story of why Marc Benioff gifted the domain to Steve Jobs

In Marc Benioff’s book, Trailblazer, he tells the tale of how Steve Jobs planted the seeds of the idea that would become the first enterprise app store, and how Benioff eventually paid Jobs back with the gift of the domain. While Salesforce did truly help blaze a trail when it launched as an enterprise cloud service in 1999, it took that a step further in 2006 when it became the first SaaS company to distribute related services in an online store. In an interview last year aro...
Tags: Travel, Apple, TC, Cloud, Apps, Jobs, Enterprise, Steve Jobs, San Francisco, App Stores, Salesforce, App Store, Cupertino, iOS App Store, Cto, Marc Benioff

China attacks Apple for allowing Hong Kong crowdsourced police activity app

Apple’s decision to greenlight an app called HKmaps, which is being used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource information about street closures and police presence, is attracting the ire of the Chinese government. An article in Chinese state mouthpiece, China Daily, attacks the iPhone maker for reversing an earlier decision not to allow the app to be listed on the iOS App Store — claiming the app is “allowing the rioters in Hong Kong to go on violent acts” (via The Guardian...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Apps, Asia, Hong Kong, Crowdsourcing, Privacy, Democracy, China, US, Tech, Itunes, United States, App Store

Tim Cook wants you to put down your iPhone

Tim Cook thinks people should get off their iPhones and decrease their engagement with apps. The Apple CEO, speaking at the TIME 100 Summit today, was discussing the addictive nature of our mobile devices and Apple’s role in the matter when he made these comments. He said the company hadn’t intended for people to be constantly using their iPhones, and noted he himself has silenced his push notifications in recent months. “Apple never wanted to maximize user time. We’ve never been about that,” Co...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Cook, Opinion, Tech, Smartphones, Ios Apps, Mobile Apps, Itunes, Tim Cook, App Stores, App Store

Tinder becomes the top-grossing, non-game app in Q1 2019, ending Netflix’s reign

For the first time in years, Netflix is no longer the top grossing, non-game mobile app. Instead, that title now goes to dating app Tinder. The change in position is not surprising, given Netflix’s decision in December to stop paying the so-called “Apple tax.” That is, it no longer allows new users to sign up and subscribe to its service through its iOS application. The change was said to cost Apple hundreds of millions in lost revenue per year, given that Netflix’s app had been the world’s top-...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, TC, Apps, Tinder, India, Tech, Ios Apps, Netflix, Itunes, Pandora, Tencent, App Stores, iOS App Store, App Annie

China’s fast-rising Bullet Messenger hit with copyright complaint

Bullet Messenger, a fast-rising Chinese messaging upstart that’s gunning to take on local behemoth, WeChat, has been pulled from the iOS App Store owing to what its owners couch as a copyright complaint. Reuters reported the development earlier, saying Bullet’s owner, Beijing-based Kuairu Technology, claimed in a social media posting that the app had been taken down from Apple’s app store because of a complaint related to image content provided by a partner. “We are verifying the situation wi...
Tags: Apple, Android, Social, Apps, Asia, China, Social Media, Tech, Beijing, Xiaomi, Tencent, WeChat, App Store, Baidu, Telegram, Weibo

Miles gives you reward miles for almost everything

Reward miles are nice if you fly a lot but what if you bike or take Lyfts or just like to wander around town? A new app called Miles aims to give you rewards for all of those things, bringing the concept of rewards out of the air and onto the ground. Miles, co-founded by Jigar Shah, Paresh Jain and Parin Shah, is a San Jose-based company that looked at the problem of reward miles outside of airlines as well as the problems associated with city planning and traffic data generation. The a...
Tags: Android, Startups, TC, Lyft, Uber, Apps, Whole Foods, Marketing, Tech, Ceo, Porsche, San Jose, Starbucks, Seattle, Pricing, iOS App Store

The World Cup led to a record-breaking number of app downloads and consumer spend in Q2

The second quarter of 2018 was another record-breaker for mobile app downloads and revenue. According to a new this week from App Annie, there were over 28.4 billion app downloads worldwide across both iOS and Google Play in the quarter, up 15 percent year-over-year. That number is even more remarkable because it doesn’t include reinstalls or updates – only new app downloads. In addition, consumer spending in apps was up 20 percent year-over-year to reach $18.5 billion across iOS and Google Pl...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, Tech, World Cup, Nba, FIFA World Cup, App-store, Hulu

For Apple, this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day is all about education

Steven Aquino Contributor Share on Twitter Steven Aquino is a freelance tech writer and iOS accessibility expert. More posts by this contributor At this month’s WWDC, Apple unveiled refined accessibility tools The pleasure and the pain of the accessible smart home Following Apple’s education event in Chicago in March, I wrote about what the company’s announcements might mean for accessibility. Af...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Column, Texas, Technology, Cook, London, Education, Steve Jobs, Tech, Ceo, Accessibility, Chicago, Austin, Tim Cook

Google Play hit record 19 billion+ downloads in Q4 2017, its highest quarter ever

 Smartphone adoption in emerging markets just delivered the highest number of app downloads Google Play has ever seen in a quarter. According to today’s report from App Annie, Google Play app downloads topped 19 billion in Q4 2017, a new record. That also makes Google Play’s download lead over iOS its largest ever, at 145 percent. Specifically, the downloads were driven by…
Tags: Google, Google Play, Mobile, Apps, Tech, App Stores, App-store, iOS App Store, App Annie, App Annie Google

Will Apple’s Decision Spell the End of Real Estate Agent (Template) Apps?

It appears Apple is starting stricter enforcement of its 4.2.6 and 4.3 guidelines in 2018. What are the two guidelines? From the App Store: 4.2.6 Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected. 4.3 Spam Don’t create multiple Bundle IDs of the same app. If your app has different versions for specific locations, sports teams, universities, etc., consider submitting a single app and provide the variations using in-app purchase. Also avoid piling on to a cat...
Tags: Apple, Development, Mobile Apps, Radio, App Store, iOS App Store, Kama Sutra, Real Estate Agent Mobile Apps, Smarter Agent, SmarterAgent SnApp

Apple’s ‘App of the Day’ featuring boosts downloads by 1747%, games by 792%

 New research from Apptopia, out today, takes a look at the impact getting featured as the App or Game of the Day on the new iOS App Store has on app downloads. This data is still fairly early, as the revamped App Store only arrived publicly with iOS 11’s release in September. Not surprisingly, the report finds that snagging one of these featured spots can lead to a big boost in app…
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Apps, Games, Tech, Ios Apps, Developers, App Store, iOS App Store, Apple-app-store, Apptopia

Apple removes VPN Apps from the China App Store

In order to comply with Chinese censorship law, Apple has started removing all virtual private network (VPN) apps from the App Store in China, making it harder for internet users to bypass its Great Firewall. VPN service providers that provide services in China has accused the United States tech giant of complying with Chinese stringent cyberspace regulations. In a blog post, the developers [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
Tags: Apple, China, Tech, United States, Vpn, App Store, iOS App Store, Apple App Store, Wang Wei, China App Store, Best Vpn Service, Secure Vpn Service, iOS security, Best Vpn For Ios, Fast Vpn Service, ios VPN apps

Six months in, iMessage App Store growth slows as developers lose interest

 When the iMessage App Store first launched, its was touted at the next big platform for apps – a new way for developers to gain users and make money, and was followed by an initial surge of iMessage app downloads. Now, however, the excitement is fading as is the app store’s growth. During the first few months after its debut, the iMessage App Store was seeing growth of over 100… Read More
Tags: Apple, TC, Mobile, Apps, Opinion, Imessage, Trends, Tech, Ios Apps, Developers, App Stores, App-store, iOS App Store, Imessage App Store, Imessage Apps

Apple’s big App Store purge is now underway

 Earlier this year, Apple promised it would clean up its iOS App Store by removing outdated, abandoned apps, including those that no longer meet current guidelines or don’t function as intended. That great App Store purge now appears to be underway, according to new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The company found that app removals increased by 238 percent in October… Read More
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Ios Apps, App-store, iOS App Store, Sensor Tower

Apple’s App Store has now paid more than $50 billion to developers

Fifty billion dollars, that's a lot of money. And that's how much Apple has so far paid to developers with software in its App Store. CEO Tim Cook also said that July turned out to be the most lucrative month for developers – and so presumably for Apple too. The post Apple’s App Store has now paid more than $50 billion to developers appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Trends, Developers, Tim Cook, App Store, iOS App Store

Spotify threatens to report Apple to competition regulators over App Store rejection

Apple has rejected Spotify's latest app for inclusion in the Ios App Store, citing its rules against app vendors processing their own payments; Apple requires software vendors to pay to use Apple's own payment processor -- which collects hefty commissions -- in their apps. (more…)
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Spotify, Post, Copyfight, News, Competition, Dmca, App Store, Apollo, 1201, iOS App Store, War On General Purpose Computing

Apple rejects game about Palestine because political messages disqualify games from consideration

Liyla and the Shadows of War (Google Play link) is a game about a child's struggles living in the Gaza strip, and Apple says it is ineligible for consideration for inclusion in the Ios App Store because it would be "more appropriate to categorize your app in News or Reference for example." (more…)
Tags: Apple, Ios, Post, Business, Games, Censorship, Israel, Gaza, Palestine, iOS App Store, Crystal Prisons

iOS App Store Revenue Now 80 Percent Higher Than Google Play, Thanks To China

 The move to larger-screened iPhones has led to China becoming Apple’s most important market, according to a new report from App Annie analyzing the impact the country has had on App Store revenues in the region since the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year. According to the analytics firm’s findings, China led all countries in absolute growth in the third quarter of this… Read More
Tags: Apple, Google Play, Mobile, Apps, China, India, Trends, iOS App Store, App Annie

Why I Cautiously Support the App Store Change

 There are very good reasons for Apple’s recent change to the App Store’s listings, especially for games, as the charts had become over-dominated by incumbents at the expense of newer developers. At the same time is this change really enough? Read More
Tags: Apple, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Column, iOS App Store