How You Can Win Big From the Changes to Apple’s App Store

Overhaul alert! The sooner you adapt to these app store changes, the more you'll engage users and win those downloads of your app. Jayson DeMers Published 11:30 am, Monday, February 12, 2018 Photo: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE | AFP | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE | AFP | Getty Images How You Can Win Big From the Changes to Apple's App Store 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Apple, Inc. has proven itself a trendsetter in almost every space it’s attempted to dominate. Its iPod, one of the first products to encapsulate the new era of Apple, launched a pioneering market for high-quality, portable audio devices and converted a whole generation of Apple-product loyalists. Related: How Dreamt It Got Approved for Apple's App Store in 2 Hours The iPhone, while not truly the first smartphone, was thefirst to be widely adopted and has since influenced the development of countless imitations. Even the controversial AirPods, wireless earbuds designed to kill the headphone jack,have started a trend. Now, Apple is on to something else: It's looking to change the app store game with a redesign meant to encourage more engagement, more complete app previews and, ultimately, a better app-downloading experience. So, how will this affect the app-store landscape and, more pressingly, how should current entrepreneurs work to promote their apps? The New iOS App Store After helping developers earnmore than $70 billion, Apple recognized the domination of its platform, and attempted to make it even better, with a redesign this past June. The new App Store, recreated from the ground up, displays more stories and news in a daily updated "Today" tab. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Raw video: Man stabbed in the chest during fight at a South Side Continue Reading

Apple’s App Store Revenues Could Top Global Box Office in 2018

App Store will pull in at least $100 million per day in 2018, new report estimates Sean Burch, provided by Published 10:27 am, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Apple’s App Store Revenues Could Top Global Box Office in 2018 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Hollywood studios might want to pick up a computer science class or two, with a new report predicting that Apple’s App Store could overtake the global box office in total revenue in 2018. Apple is poised to rake in at least $100 million per day from the App Store this year, according to Asymyco analyst Horace Dediu. He argued that the app revenues would be enough to surpass the $39.9 billion in global movie ticket sales that comScore reported for 2017. “As of this year the App Store alone will overtake Global Box Office revenues,” said Dediu. “The App Store, and Apple services overall, is becoming one of the largest enterprises in the world.” Latest entertainment videos Now Playing: Now Playing Aziz Ansari Responds to Sexual Misconduct Allegation: 'I Took Her Words to Heart' TMTime ShowBiz Minute: Ansari, Dushku, Rodman AP Guy Solves Rubik's Cube to the Tune of the Cantina Theme Storyful Family's Hilarious Overreaction to Trivia Game Win Storyful Artist Creates Painting With Colorful Lipstick Kisses Storyful Glover praises Martin Luther King at NAACP Image Awards AP Foodie Family Create Wizard of Oz Themed Gingerbread House Storyful State of our nation a common topic at Austin MLK celebration Fox7 MacLachlan praises 'incredible' Oprah AP How to Always Be Prepared for Unexpected Guests RSimpleTime Also Read: Apple Buying Song-ID Service Shazam for Reported $400 Million Apple’s App Store is set to generate more than the global box office in 2018 Apple is already off to a strong start in 2018: The tech behemoth pulled in $300 million from App Store purchases Continue Reading

App Store Revenue Continues Surging for Apple, Inc.

Roughly a year ago, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook announced an ambitious goal of doubling the company's services revenue within four years. The App Store will have to play a major role in this growth story, as the largest piece of Apple's services segment. So far, so good. Services revenue reached $30 billion in fiscal 2017, up 23% year over year. Even excluding a favorable one-time revenue adjustment of $640 million, Apple would have posted a 21% increase in services revenue. Robust App Store sales growth was one of the key drivers of this strong result. The importance of the App Store In recent years, Apple has routinely provided details in early January about App Store sales trends for the previous calendar year. Four years ago, it noted that customers had spent in excess of $10 billion on the App Store during 2013, putting Apple's 30% cut at more than $3 billion. Billings then rose 50% in 2014 to more than $15 billion. In 2015, App Store gross sales passed the $20 billion mark, implying year-over-year growth of roughly 30% to 40%. For calendar 2016, Apple disclosed that developers earned more than $20 billion -- up more than 40% year over year -- putting gross billings at about $29 billion. Apple's App Store revenue has skyrocketed in the last five years. Image source: Apple. Thus, App Store sales roughly tripled between 2013 and 2016. This helped make the App Store the biggest revenue driver within Apple's services business by 2016, accounting for 33% of its revenue, according to RBC Capital's Amit Daryanani. Another App Store record On Thursday, Apple revealed that App Store sales have continued to grow at a strong pace over the past year. iOS developers earned $26.5 billion in 2017, up more than 30% year over year, and customers spent a record $890 million on the App Store during the week beginning on Christmas Eve. However, there is one important caveat for investors to be aware of. In late 2016, Apple changed its revenue-sharing Continue Reading

The Apple TV You’ve Always Wanted Is Finally Here

Apple says the future of TV is apps. That may or may not prove true, but after a couple days with the new Apple TV, it's a compelling argument. Turns out custom-building a TV from a broad palette of apps that includes everything from pay TV channels and games to travel accommodation services and Periscope is a great way to get exactly the TV experience you want — or close to it, anyway. The new Apple TV isn’t just an upgraded set-top box, it’s the first “true” Apple TV, one that articulates Apple’s vision of what the TV viewing experience should be. It’s an appealing vision.With the exception of Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV offers all the stuff I want to watch — Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Showtime, and YouTube. It also has a bunch of stuff I don’t want to watch — AOL On and Yahoo Screen. Maybe you will. But since Apple has forgone its practice of forcibly installing garbage like that on Apple TVs via software update, I’ll never have to deal with it. Incidentally, that Amazon Prime Video is the exception to the conga line of content offerings above is entirely Amazon’s doing. A ~magnanimous~ Apple tells BuzzFeed News that “all are welcome” on its new Apple TV platform. But Amazon — which recently purged Apple TV from its store — doesn’t have a Prime Video app in the Apple TV App Store. And as of a few days ago, it hadn't submitted one. (An Amazon spokesperson told BuzzFeed News the company “doesn’t have anything to share” on the topic.) Which means presumably I’ll be streaming Season 2 of Transparent from my phone to my TV come December — a bummer because Prime Video is my second-favorite feature of Amazon’s membership service, right after two-day shipping 30-pound bags of dog food to my front door. third-party gamepad controllers in the works. This diminutive set-top box is begging for a killer game, and sooner or later Continue Reading

New Apple TV makes things easier for third-party app developers with ‘universal search’ feature

Apple TV is making things easier for third-party app developers with its new “universal search” feature. The fourth-generation Apple TV won’t be available until later in October, but users are already excited about universal search — which will allow them to search for a movie or favorite TV show across different sources. “I think that many, many people will want to be in that search,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with BuzzFeed published on Saturday. “And that’s great for users. Think about your experience today. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have the content you want to watch in an app, you sometimes don’t remember exactly where that show is, so you’re going to Netflix or Hulu or Showtime. You shouldn’t have to do that. It should be very simple.” The much-anticipated next-generation Apple TV, which will run on iOS 9 and cost users up to $149, also comes with Siri voice control and an App Store where users can download games. The universal search feature is nothing new in the streaming player market, however. If users are looking for an alternative to Apple TV, they can get a Roku digital media player — which is just as fast and includes voice search for $30 to $70 — according to The Wirecutter. Continue Reading

The next Apple TV will reportedly be released in September

It seems there will be a next generation Apple TV after all. The much rumored Apple TV will be released at the company's fall product event in September, according to BuzzFeed News. The device was first rumored to be released in June at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference, but it was a no-show. Time Cook and his team have remained silent on the topic and have not confirmed any claims. The new Apple TV will allegedly have its own App Store, sport the A8 chip and have an overall slimmer look. It was also reported that it will have Siri support and a control with a touchpad input. If the Apple TV does come out in September, it will be released along the new iPhone—presumably called the iPhone 6S—which photos were leaked online earlier this month. Continue Reading

The new Apple TV will have Siri, gaming and universal search for $149

If you're looking to buy an Apple TV, don't. There's a better one coming out this month. The fourth generation Apple TV, which is expected to be unveiled Sept. 9, will have Siri control and gaming capabilities, according to a 9to5Mac report. Apple TV 4 will reportedly also have a universal search, which will let users search all streaming services simultaneously for the same movie/TV show title. The new Apple TV will also have a built-in App Store where users can download games. The square device will  a remote control with physical buttons, internal sensors and a touchpad interface that can be used to play games. Users can also pair up traditional game controllers via Bluetooth. Apple TV will run on iOS 9 and it'll start shipping in October for $149, according to a report from BuzzFeed. None of the features have been confirmed by Apple, but sources familiar with the product have leaked details on the anticipated release a week prior to Apple's annual iPhone announcement event in San Francisco. Apple is also expected to release the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which will allegedly have Force Touch and be able to shoot video in 4k. The company could also potentially introduce a bigger iPad. The event will be live-streamed via Apple's website and it'll begin at 1 p.m. EST. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Apple’s App Store turns five and digital gaming has been changed forever

Yes, it's been that long. On Wednesday, Apple's App Store, which fundamentally changed the way you viewed your smartphone, celebrated its fifth birthday. It did so in style, with Apple handing out a handful of free apps (good ones, too, so you might want to check it out). And why not? That day on July 10, 2008, hardly seemed like a landmark moment at the time, but it completely redefined everything from smartphones to video games. It was on that day that a revolution began, that the smartphone began a surprising charge past the Game Boys and PSPs of the world, and that discs headed towards redundancy. Apple started it all, and there's no better time to consider this than on the App Store's fifth anniversary. You can't tell this success story in sheer numbers, even if the numbers are massive. In the last five years, more than 50 billion apps have been downloaded and more than 900,000 programs are available. According to Apple, more than $10 billion has been paid out to developers as of last month. Six billion dollars of those riches have been paid out since January of last year, a testament to how the App Store completely exploded in 2012. But if you really want to understand the impact of the App Store, you need to look past all the big numbers, look at the world of video games, the rollercoaster launch of Windows 8, and the simple way that you use your phone. The App Store started all of this, and even as it faces a strong challenge from the surging Google Play, the App Store, somehow, remains the gold standard. *** Want to know what the App Store truly did? It made digital-only completely hip and cool. In reality, this was a natural evolution bound to happen; CDs and DVDs are a pain to keep and store, and the internet download speeds were gradually creeping upwards. Heck, pirates had trafficked in downloaded programs for years. But there was long a stigma attached to the idea of NOT owning something physical, of not having a pointless DVD Continue Reading

Apple TV takes on 4K streaming: spiffy catch-up to Amazon, Roku

Apple TV is ready to take on 4K.The newest Apple TV devices, out Friday starting at $179, deliver 4K video for the first time.Why is that important? 4K Ultra HD TV provides a better picture: four times the resolution of traditional HD. So if you have one of these high-end TVs, you are not taking full advantage of its capabilities if your Internet streaming device only delivers HD resolution. When it comes to 4K, Apple is playing catch-up, as competitors such as Amazon and Roku have had 4K-compatible devices in the market for nearly two years now.However, Apple is notable for the panache its products deliver and Apple devotees who have already embraced 4K — or plan to do so soon — will certainly want to give the new Apple TV a look.The new Apple TV 4K device looks just like its predecessor: about four inches square and one and a half inches tall, weighing about 1 pound. But its A10X Fusion chip promises twice the processing speed and four times the graphics performance — especially important if you plan to play games or are a frequent app user.Apple TV already had an elegant user interface. Now it's even spiffier with a higher-res sheen. Within Apple's iTunes Movie store there's a growing selection of 4K movies available now, and some in high dynamic range (HDR) with improved contrast and a wider range of richer colors. Among them: Wonder Woman, and Baby Driver, with Spider-Man: Homecoming and War of the Planet of the Apes coming.Movies in 4K and HDR will cost the same to buy or rent as HD versions. New releases such as Wonder Woman, Baby Driver, The Big Sick, and The Mummy cost $14.99 to $19.99 to buy (not available to rent yet), while Logan cost $5.99 to rent. And any HD movie you have already purchased will be automatically upgraded for free when the studio makes a 4K version available.Revisiting Wonder Woman, playing on a 65-inch Samsung HDR-capable 4K TV, the video was, well, as Continue Reading

SYSTEM UPDATE: Sony’s new Google TV box tries to take on Apple TV … again

The first time things didn't work out. But maybe the second time will be the charm. That's exactly what Sony and Google are hoping with their new Google TV set-top box. Let's start with some background. Back in 2010, Google TV was supposed to take over your living room, bringing smartphone gadgetry to your bland, channel-changing HDTV and changing your life. But the overhyped, overly expensive boxes never caught on. Turns out most households are just fine with an HDTV that delivers some cable channels. Meanwhile, everyone's favorite company, Apple, delivered a cheaper ($99), sleeker alternative smart TV, and Apple TV practically wiped Google's project off the map. That brings us back to this, the summer of 2012 and Sony's NSZ-GS7. The $199.99 black box with the space-ship-headed-for-Mars name is Sony's attempt to put Google back into competition against the ever-popular Apple TV, bringing intelligence and integration and apps — even a few games — to your HDTV. It's arguably Google's flagship attempt of the summer. It doesn't come close to toppling Apple TV, although this is the finest, most user-friendly Google TV experience you'll ever find. The goal of Google TV from the beginning was to enhance your traditional TV experience with a little computer know-how. You turn on the TV, flip channels and find a show, but what if you could do more? Sony and Google badly want to let you do that with this little black box. You run your cable box through the NSZ-GS7, wade through a few menus, and suddenly, you have a live list of everything that's available on TV. It's similar to the "Guides" channel offered by most cable providers, but Google reorganizes shows into categories (think sitcoms, movies, sports). Little things enhance the experience, letting you see how much time is left in a movie, and when it last aired. Push a button, and your Sony box does the dirty work, changing the channel on your cable box, sometimes even letting you Continue Reading