Apple Makes iTunes App Store More Appealing for Devs
Apple today outlined a number of changes headed to the App Store that will benefit both consumers and developers alike. The App Store will add a new explore tab, as well as a tool for viewing the top-trending searches and continuous scrolling in the search result screens. The new App Store will support app bundles, so developers will be able to package collections of their apps and sell them to consumers together. Apple is also giving developers the opportunity to beta test their apps through a program called TestFlight. Last, Apple said the iOS 8 SDK will include some 4,000 new APIs for developers to use for creating and enhancing applications. Part of the SDK includes extensibility, which will allow apps to extend the system and offer their services to other apps. Further, developers will be able to add widgets to the notification panel (similar to in OS X Yosemite). These will be able to show dynamic content, such as sports scores. The new iTunes App Store features will be available in the fall, along with the general release of iOS 8.
Apple Making Changes to App Store
Apple today informed developers that some changes are headed to the iTunes App Store. Developers will be able to offer auto-renewable subscriptions that don't require subscribers to constantly re-up.
Apple Unbundles Huge Number of Apps from the iPhone, Allows Users to Delete Them
Apple today pulled a number of its own, core apps out of iOS and dumped them into the iTunes App Store. Apps such as FaceTime and Mail — made by Apple — have only received updates once per year when Apple updates the entire iOS.
iOS Apps Can Now Be As Big As 4 GB
Apple has increased the maximum size of applications allowed in the iOS App Store from 2 GB to 4 GB. Apple says this should allow developers to "include more media in [their] submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation." The majority of apps fall well under 100MB in size, but games increasingly need more storage.
App Store Antitrust Case Against Apple Allowed to Proceed
An on-going lawsuit accusing Apple of holding a monopoly on the market for iPhone apps has been given new life today thanks to an appeals court ruling. The 9th U.S.