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.
iPhone Owners Can Now Make Payments via PayPal
PayPal today announced that it has added support for Apple accounts. The change means people who use the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and other Apple devices will be able to make purchases from the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, and iBooks using their PayPal account.
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 Puts Its Foot Down, Will Require Apps Support iPhone X
Apple today told developers that soon all new apps submitted to the iTunes App Store must support the screen of the latest iPhone. "Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK, included in Xcode 9 or later," said Apple in an email to developers.