Fake app reviews impact developers more than you think
Thursday, June 29, 2023 by Freeman Lightner
Developers are well aware that a significant portion of online reviews for products and services, including those on popular platforms like Amazon, eBay, and TripAdvisor, are in fact fake. The issue of fake app reviews has become an increasingly pressing concern. These deceptive reviews have wide effects on both developers and consumers alike, significantly impacting th...
visionOS SDK and what devs should know
Thursday, June 22, 2023 by Freeman Lightner
Apple announced that the visionOS SDK is now available to developers, allowing them to get started on creating innovative app experiences on the Vision Pro. Developers can get access to the SDK through the Apple Developer Program which includes the visionOS SDK, Xcode 15 beta 2, Reality Composer Pro, and the Simulator. Apple is offering dev kits to t...
The impact of iOS14 on digital advertising
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 by Freeman Lightner
The new way to look at ATT opt-in rates reveals 42% of consumer interactions with prompt allow ‘tracking’ (and 48% average per app).
We can all but ensure users saw a prompt by isolating those whose ATT status was initially listed as ‘Not Determined’ and then later their status changed to either ‘Authorized’ or ‘Denied’...
2 pillars of privacy: the app developers guide
Thursday, July 1, 2021 by Alex Ritchie
Now that iOS 14.5 has finally made its grand appearance (and shortly thereafter, 14.5.1… then 14.6), everyone seems to be taking stock of its long-awaited and predicted impact on the mobile advertising industry.
How has iOS 14.5 affected your company?
Developers are taking stock and trying to figure out how the change will ultimately affect their bott...
GameBake launched for developers to reach new markets around the globe
Thursday, May 6, 2021 by Brittany Hainzinger
GameBake is thrilled to announce it has launched its distribution service for mobile games developers and publishers that wish to reach new markets across the globe.
GameBake provides the infrastructure and knowledge needed for developers and publishers to publish their games on a variety of high-quality platforms beyond Google Play and the Apple App Store. Accessibl...
Apple developer guidelines for iOS 14.5 just got real
Monday, April 26, 2021 by Liz Waldeck-Pinckert
The day the mobile app industry has been waiting for has finally arrived. Apple begins enforcing its new privacy features this week with the release of iOS 14.5 – seven full months after the company first announced the changes. Starting this week, consent is mandatory for any and all user tracking.
We’ve gone back and forth on what opt-in rates migh...
App Store commission cuts to 15 percent for some
Thursday, November 19, 2020 by Richard Harris
In a move that is echoing througout the dev community, Apple has finally taken mercy on small developers, startups, and others making less than $1,000,000 a year by cutting the commision rate from 30% down to 15%. Accourding to the post made by Apple on their blog, if you are a developer or business earning less than $1M, you just got a raise!
About 28 mil...
What Apple iOS developers can expect from iOS 13, iPhone, and more
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by Richard Harris
Unlike the WWDC held by Apple every year, today is the Apple event any gearhead wants to sit and watch - even if you aren't a developer. New iPhones, new iPads, new Macbooks - there will be no shortage of hardware news coming from Steve Jobs Way, Cupertino, CA.
Here is all we know so far, which is largely speculatory -but some of this is founded on actual re...
Apple is about to share your email address with the Republic of Korea
Thursday, December 20, 2018 by Richard Harris
Got a game in the Apple app store and have it set to publish across the entire swath of countries the app store supports? Then your developer email address is about to be shared with the Korean Government due to a change in Korean law. What law changed exactly, we aren't sure yet.
But what we do know is almost every developer chooses to distribute in all cou...
New iOS and macOS Updates: What VPN Users Need to Know
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 by Richard Harris
Apple rolled out its newest operating system updates – iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. The new updates brought about a lot of exciting new features and upgrades. Apple’s mobile and Mac software is now more integrated: for example, Siri assistant has arrived on the computer. Users are also excited about the Universal Clipboard that allows to choose photos from iPhone and direct...
Sales of laptops from the Summer of 2016 reached $2.2 billion, Apple still king
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Christian Hargrave
According to new research from 1010data, online sales of laptops from the summer of 2016 reached $2.2 billion and grew 12 percent year over year. 1010data uncovered how consumer purchases impacted the biggest players in the laptop space online from June – August 2016. And it turns out that Apple is winning as a brand and as a retailer. This comes from 1010dat...
Apple developer patents, hacks, and iOS 10 oh my! October issue lands
Saturday, October 1, 2016 by Richard Harris
It’s hard to believe - but fall is upon us and 2017 is right around the corner. October always ushers in the feeling of campfires, fall-festivals, and what the flip and I going to do with my apps for the holiday season coming up!
Not to worry everyone - our October issue is here, and it’s over 90 pages of industry news, tips, and articles ...
10 Gotchas Apple Developers Should Know About in iOS 10
Monday, August 22, 2016 by Richard Harris
With the release of iOS 10 looming (Apple just released beta 7), developers everywhere should be evaluating their code to see if there are any gotcha's coming. Each iOS release comes with it’s own set of benefits for the end-user but there always seems to be that ‘uh-oh’ moment for developers.So I've taken a bit of time to point out a few of the "gotchas" that you shoul...
iOS Developers Can Now Get Weekly App Analytics Email Reports
Thursday, March 10, 2016 by Richard Harris
iOS developers can now opt in to receive a weekly App Analytics email report for their most frequently downloaded apps, with data on App Store Views, App Units, Sales, Sessions, and Crashes. Also available in the report is how much each of these metrics has changed between last week and the previous week. In other quick hitting Apple developer news:- iOS 9.3 beta 6...
Apple Releases Open Source Swift Community at Swift.org
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 by Richard Harris
Apple has announced the availability of an open source Swift community, including the new Swift.org which is dedicated to open source Swift. The website hosts resources for developers that want to contribute to Swift, offer fixes, and interact with other developers.Swift.org allows any Apple developer to download the Swift code and in-development builds. More advanced d...
Latest Apple Developer Tools Roundup
Saturday, October 10, 2015 by Richard Harris
Apple has released a number of updates of its tooling for developers. Here is a rundown of the most recent releases:- OS X 10.11.1 beta 3 pre-release: This is a pre-release version of OS X v10.11.1.- OS X Server 5.0.15 beta pre-release: This is a pre-release version of OS X Server 5.0.15 for OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and OS X v10.11 and v10.11.1 Developer beta systems.- App...
Getting Your App Ready for Apple Watch
Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Richard Harris
If you want to have your app interact with the Apple Watch, you need to get things in gear because the release of the watch is just around the corner on April 24. To help jumpstart your efforts, the Apple developer portal has a section named “Preparing Your App Submission for Apple Watch.” Included are the following guidelines.Optimizing Your WatchKit AppYou’ll need to ...
Mobile Developers Can Invite Up To 1,000 Beta Testers Through Apple’s iOS TestFlight App
Friday, October 24, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Apple has announced that developers can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test iOS apps by sending them an email invitation through iTunes Connect. Once the individual has accepted the invitation, testers can install the beta app on their iOS devices, get updated builds, and provide feedback, all facilitated through the dedicated iOS TestFlight app.To get an app re...
Apple Opens New Swift Blog, Announces Xcode 6 Beta 3 for iOS Development
Friday, July 18, 2014 by Richard Harris
As Apple moves forward with the refinement of the new Swift programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch, which works side-by-side with Objective-C, it has launched a new Swift specific blog. In Apples words, “This new blog will bring you a behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language by the engineers who created it, in addition to the l...
Apple Introduces a New Sales and Trends Area
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Richard Harris
It's been a while since Apple refreshed it's iTunes connect dashboard for developers but today they announced a new look and feature set to the aging "Sales and Trends" area of the website. In a letter sent to developers, they said:"We have released a new version of Sales and Trends on iTunes Connect that introduces interactive features to help you better understand you...
iOS App Rejected = App Developer Dejected: App Store Guidelines Updated
Saturday, August 17, 2013 by Stuart Parkerson
The word is out, Apple has updated its App Store Guidelines. We counted and the word “rejected” appears 88 times, whew!
Actually, its not as bad as it seems, most of the information seems pretty straightforward, however one item did catch my eye: “Apps that duplicate Apps already in the App Store may be rejected, particularly if there are many of them, such as fart, b...
ADM Podcast Episode 3
Saturday, August 3, 2013 by Richard Harris
In this weeks discussion we have the top news for mobile closing the week of August 2nd, along with the Moto X phone details and our initial reaction, the return of the Apple Developer Portal, Jellybean 4.3, showcasing your apps, and a quick glimpse into the August 2013 issue of ADM. Subscribe or listen to our weekly podcasts here.
iOS7 Beta 4 Is Available
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Richard Harris
Right on schedule with beta releases, the iOS 7 beta 4 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and Xcode 5 Developer Preview 4 are now available on the iOS Dev Center. Download these new releases today and start developing your apps to take advantage of new multitasking APIs, dynamic motion controls in UIKit, AirDrop, Sprite Kit, enhanced video APIs, new features in Game Cent...
Weekly Roundup: Apple Developer Outage, Jellybean 4.3, Amazon and Windows Phone, Unity and Blackberry 10, and GDC 2014
Saturday, July 27, 2013 by Richard Harris
From the Editors DeskThis weekend is the last weekend before the August issue release and there has been no shortage of news to cover! From the Apple outage, to the Android 4.3 Jellybean update this week has been one for the books! We won't be publishing a podcast this week, while put all of our efforts towards putting the finishing touches on the August issue, but we'l...
Many Apple Developer Services Return
Friday, July 26, 2013 by Richard Harris
In over a week absence from the development world, Apple has just announced developers can now access much of the new developer portal, and they it's more secure than ever."We appreciate your patience as we work to bring our developer services back online. Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, software downloads, and other developer services are now available. If yo...
Apple Dev Center Update
Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Richard Harris
Apple is slowly rolling out the systems available through its website. The following post was displayed on the Dev Center's main page. Shown is a screenshot of he status page.
We apologize for the significant inconvenience caused by our developer website downtime. We've been working around the clock to overhaul our developer systems, update our serve...
Apple Developer Website Hacked!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Richard Harris
In an unprecedented absence from the world, the Apple developer website (developer.apple.com) is going on a week of being offline to developers and the chatter is starting to come to a rumble as anxious apple developers await the re-opening of the portal that breathes life into many of their apps.
It all started sometime last week when the developer website suddenly ...
Apple Developer payouts hit $8 billion
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by Richard Harris
Last January Apple reported developer payouts were at $7 billion dollars, but while at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference this week, Tim Cook announced payouts have hit $8 billion. That is $1 billion to developers in a years time, wow!So what is happening that Apple's payout to developers has increased so much? One obvious thing is the increase in the ...
Microsoft and Apple arguing over fees
Monday, December 10, 2012 by Richard Harris
The future of the SkyDrive app by Microsoft might be in jeopardy for iOS users because Microsoft and Apple have locked horns over Apple wanting 30% of Microsoft's take when people purchase additional space inside the app while using an iOS device.This goes back to the early argument developers had over the seemingly generous slice of a developers revenue being taken by ...
iOS 6.1 Beta 3 out for developers
Monday, December 3, 2012 by Richard Harris
Attention apple developers, Apple is never going to let you relax! The are getting closer to the full version of the new iOS 6.1 operating system with today's announcement that 6.1 Beta 3 is available for registered developers to download.The iDevices that are compatible with iOS 6.1 beta 3 include the iPad 4, iPad mini, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone ...