App Store

Piracy app overtakes Netflix in the top of the App Store

Recently, a game called Kiwi appeared on the App Store, with a description that said users had to find 10 differences between pictures. In fact, it was an app for pirating movies, which overtook even Netflix and other streaming services in the top entertainment apps. According to Wired, the Kiwi ... Read more

The App Store in the EU contributes only 7% of the total profit of the app store

After Apple allowed third-party stores for iOS, the company said that the European Union brings in only 7% of the total revenue of the App Store, reports TechCrunch.  According to Luca Maestri, the company’s chief financial officer, the monetary impact of these changes will depend on the choice of developers ... Read more

Apple will allow third-party app stores in the EU for iOS 17.4, but their developers must provide a “letter of credit” for 1 million euros

With the release of iOS 17.4, Apple will offer iPhone and iPad users in the EU the ability to download and install apps from alternative app stores outside of the App Store. These alternative marketplaces will function as iOS apps that can install other iOS apps on the iPhone or ... Read more

Apple plans new fees and restrictions for downloading programs not from the App Store

Apple is preparing to introduce new fees and restrictions, as it plans to allow users to download applications outside its own App Store, reports The Wall Street Journal. This step is a response to the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which was adopted in the EU in 2022. It aims to ... Read more

Pre-orders for Apple Vision Pro have reached 160,000 to 180,000 units, but demand for the headset is not growing

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared an analysis of pre-orders for Apple’s Vision Pro mixed reality headset, which shows that the company was able to sell 160 000 to 180 000 units during the first weekend. The instant sellout and subsequent extension of delivery times to 5-7 weeks initially seemed like a ... Read more

New rules for the US App Store: developers are allowed to link to external payment methods, but there will still be a commission

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear Apple’s appeal in its lawsuit with Epic Games, Apple has announced a number of updates to its App Store guidelines, reports 9to5Mac. These changes, which take effect immediately in the United States, are in line with the outcome of the 2021 ... Read more

Apple to split App Store into global and European versions to comply with new EU rules

Apple is going to split its App Store into two separate entities in anticipation of new European Union rules that provide for the permission to download third-party applications. As Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports in his newsletter Power On, This step is a response to the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which ... Read more

Not only in the EU: Japan is also preparing a legal framework to force Apple to allow iOS apps to be installed outside the App Store

The European Digital Markets Act (DMA) will, among other things, force Apple to allow the installation of applications outside the company’s App Store and allow payment for it by other means. No matter how much Apple tries to fight back, it will have to agree to this and implement the ... Read more

Apple faces a large fine in the EU for restricting competition in the App Store

Apple is facing a huge fine in Europe. It could reach 10% of the company’s annual revenue, so it could potentially amount to tens of billions of dollars, reports Bloomberg. It all started with Spotify’s complaint against Apple four years ago. Back then, the streaming service accused the company of ... Read more

Apple and Google announce the best apps of 2023

Apple and Google announced the best apps of the year on Google Play and the App Store. Despite the incredible popularity of ChatGPT and other similar programs, none of the companies chose an AI application. Google Play chose Imprint: Learn Visually, an app that teaches psychology, philosophy, history, finance, leadership, ... Read more

Setapp plans to launch App Store alternative in European Union in 2024

Setapp is planning to launch its own alternative app store in the EU. The company plans to launch a mobile app store in 2024, and in the meantime has started a waiting list for users, writes AppleInsider. The company is trying to take advantage of changes in the law that ... Read more

The US Supreme Court allowed Apple to keep its payment rules in the Apple Store

The US Supreme Court has denied a request by Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, to force Apple to relax its payment rules in the Apple Store, writes The Verge. The dispute between the companies began after Epic Games tried to offer users an alternative payment method. In doing so, ... Read more

The App Store ecosystem brings app developers $1.1 trillion in 2022

The Apple company said that its App Store “ecosystem” brought developers $1.1 trillion by the end of 2022. This is reported by TechCrunch. According to the company, based on a study by the Analysis Group, $910 billion of this amount came from total billings and revenues from the sale of ... Read more

Apple says it prevented more than $2 billion in App Store fraud in 2022

In 2022, Apple prevented fraud in the App Store in the amount of more than $2 billion. This is reported by 9to5Mac, citing information from the tech giant. In total, last year the company closed 428,000 developer accounts for potentially fraudulent activity, blocked 105 million fraudulent developer accounts, deactivated 282 ... Read more

Not just the App Store: Apple plans to allow third-party app stores due to changes in EU law

Apple plans to allow alternative app stores on its iPhone and iPad devices as part of sweeping changes to comply with strict European Union regulations that will come into full force in 2024, reports Bloomberg. According to people familiar with the situation, employees of the software development and services department ... Read more

Among this year’s awards for the best applications and games in the Apple App Store there is a Ukrainian couple’s application

Every year, Apple celebrates the best applications and games in its own App Store. The company distributes such awards in various categories and highlights the best applications on various devices. This year, the laureates in applications were: iPhone App of the Year: BeReal by BeReal; iPad App of the Year: ... Read more

Developers are unhappy with gambling ads in the App Store. Apple heard them

Since October 25, the App Store has added more opportunities for advertising applications. That is, more slots for selling advertising appeared in stores. It would seem that what could go wrong? But this has resulted in the closest “recommendation” under a podcast app being a gambling app. Of course, for ... Read more

Apple is accused of a monopoly on the distribution of iOS applications. The company will respond in court

Cydia, an unofficial iOS app store, has sued Apple for disrupting App Store competitors. The iPhone maker has been accused of holding an illegal monopoly on software distribution for its operating system. Cydia’s lawyers claimed that Apple’s technology upgrades from 2018 to 2021 “clearly” harmed application distributors other than the ... Read more

Apple has made it mandatory to remove user information on demand in applications

Last year, Apple announced changes to the App Store guidelines. Among them was the ability for the user to delete the account with all private information, if the application had the functionality to create an account. This possibility has been postponed twice before. But now the company has set an ... Read more

Apple has begun actively removing apps from the App Store that haven’t been updated in a long time

Apple has slightly revised its policy on outdated apps and games on the App Store. The company has begun sending emails to some developers warning that their product will be removed from the App Store because “it has not received updates for a significant period of time.” “You can keep ... Read more