Apple Enables Subscriptions in the App Store
Apple today turned on support for subscriptions in the iPhone App store. This will allow makers of iPhone/iPad/iPod content to offer subscription-based models, including this such as digital magazines or newspapers. The store will support automatic subscriptions, and permit weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-yearly or yearly subscriptions. Customers will be able to manage their accounts from a single page, and can extend, cancel or create subscriptions with a single click. Apple will handle all the billing through user's iTunes account, taking the same 30% cut that it does for applications.
Apple Releases Apple Music for Android
Apple today published a beta version of Apple Music in the Google Play Store. The app offers owners of Android handsets Apple's monthly music service.
Amazon Adds Alexa AI to iPhone Shopping App
Amazon today made Alexa, its artificial intelligence, available to a much wider selection of devices by adding Alexa to its iOS mobile shopping application. Now any iPhone with the Amazon app aboard has access to Alexa, allowing people to search for and buy goods simply by asking Alexa for it.
Apple Extends iPhone Upgrade Program to Online Sales
Apple is now offering consumers the option to select its iPhone Upgrade Program when purchasing an iPhone via the Apple web site. Apple first rolled out the program last year with the debut of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
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.