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 just shared some staggering statistics about how well the App Store is doing (AAPL)

Kif Leswing, provided by Published 2:03 pm, Thursday, January 4, 2018 Drew Angerer/Getty Images Apple announced new App Store statistics on Thursday. It revealed for the first time that over half a billion iPhone and iPad users visit the App Store every week. Apple has an annual tradition in early January of announcing how well its App Store is doing. But instead of simply announcing its yearly sales, or total downloads, or other key stats, it gives investors and users a few seemingly random data points. Still, Wall Street analysts use these data points to back into an estimation of how big Apple's App Store is, especially as it becomes more important to Apple's services business, which executives have talked up in the past two years. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Nintendo Switch Nabs Fastest-Selling Home Video Game Console Title Wibbitz It's Girl Scout Cookie Season and This is the Most Popular Cookie Buzz60 Mike Tyson to Grow Marijuana on 40-Acre Plot in SoCal Buzz60 Cvent CMO Makes the Case for Event Planning Platforms Cheddar Weight Watchers Pegs DJ Khaled as New Social Media Ambassador Wibbitz This is Why Millennials Quit Their Jobs Buzz60 Mike Tyson to Grow Marijuana on 40-Acre Plot in SoCal Veuer White House Bans Staffers From Using Personal Phones in West Wing Buzz60 Watch How This CEO Is Taking a 123-Year Old Company in a New Direction FortuneTime This Father-Daughter Team Grows Alabama's Finest Cotton SLivingTime Apple makes money on the App Store because it takes a 30% cut of software and digital goods sold through it, except for subscriptions. The App Store is the only way for most people to install software on an iPhone. This year, Apple announced: $300 million in purchases on January 1, 2018. $890 million in purchases over the week starting December 24, a week that also saw a record number of customers downloading apps. iOS developers were paid $26.5 billion in 2017. If 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 Watch’s hottest accessories

It’s not enough to own an Apple Watch (from $349). You many want to accessorize it, too.According to Slice Intelligence, a research firm that captures digital commerce data across all devices and categories, nearly 20 percent of Apple Watch buyers are also springing for a spare band from Apple.Watch bands let you customize the timepiece to match your outfit or mood, including the option to dress up or down the smartwatch to suit the occasion.Of course, bands are just one accessory to consider. Others add-ons can extend the functionality and longevity of your investment.Here’s a look at a five of the more interesting Apple Watch accessories available now. Bang onWhat is the ideal way to protect your new smartwatch? A protective bumper, of course. ActionProof’s Apple Watch Bumper ($35) enjoyed a successful crowdfunding campaign on the Indiegogo website, and is now available for purchase. Compatible with the larger (42mm) Apple Watch, this rubber bumper has been designed to snugly fit, protect your Apple Watch and make it action-proof – hence, the name of the company. While it offers a 360-degree enclosure, it provides full access to the buttons, face, sensors, and band. Available in black, white or orange, this accessory offers torsion and shock resistance; high resistance to UV radiation, abrasion, chemical aggressions; and temperature resistance from -40 degrees Fahrenheit to a maximum of 248 degrees Fahrenheit. Taking chargeIf you’re on the go and don’t want to worry about plugging the watch in somewhere to juice up, the Nomad Pod ($59.95) is a portable battery charger for the Apple Watch, featuring a 1,800-milliamp (mAh) battery. Nomad says this solution can provide up to four full charges for Apple Watch before the Pod itself needs charging up. Available in silver or space gray aluminum or black polycarbonate plastic, the Pod powers up the watch through magnetic induction and a USB port is used to power up the Pod for when Continue Reading

Apple Watch review: Ditch the iPhone

The latest Apple Watch clocks in with cellular. And that increases the way you can use it without your iPhone.Case in point: I don’t typically wear a wristwatch in the shower or hot tub at my gym, even with a watch like this one that you can swim with. And I surely don’t do so just to make calls or receive notifications when I’m all wet. But I did so to test the cellular capabilities of Apple Watch Series 3, the first smart timepiece from Apple to add such functionality.My tests were successful, so long as I had decent coverage, notwithstanding the fact that the sound through the speaker inside the watch was drowned out by the whirlpool and shower noises.The concept behind a smartwatch with cellular—and Apple’s isn’t the first—is to free you up from having to rely on Wi-Fi or having the iPhone in your pocket or close by. So even after ditching the phone, you can make or receive calls, send texts, get notifications (hands-free via Siri at that), or hail a ride through the watch.I can hear the cheers from runners, hikers, and gym rats for whom carrying a phone is a drag. More: How you can use Apple Watch to cheat, not that you would More: Apple Watch faces smartwatch competition from Fitbit, Garmin and Samsung at IFA There are limits to cellular, of course:  for example, while you can swim with Apple Watch Series 3 (just like the Series 2 Watch that will now be discontinued) you won’t get a signal under water. And as with the Series 2, the watch isn’t protected if you are scuba diving or water skiing.Moreover, while cellular will be enthusiastically welcomed by some, you will have to pay for the convenience. The starting prices for Series 3 watches with cellular and GPS are $399 for a model with a 38mm case and $429 for a 42mm model. Prices can swell well past four-figures for Apple Watch models with fancy Hermes bands or those with gray or white ceramic cases. (You can also buy Continue Reading

Apple Watch faces smartwatch competition from Fitbit, Garmin and Samsung at IFA

BERLIN — The Apple-vs.-Google rivalry is embarrassingly one-sided in the smartwatch market. You have the Apple Watch and then you have many lesser timepieces built on Google’s Android Wear software.But less than two weeks before Apple may introduce a new Apple Watch -- this time, rumors suggest, one with its own LTE mobile broadband -- three vendors brought new smartwatches to the IFA trade show here that run neither Apple nor Google’s software.And two of them can boast of something no Apple or Android Wear watch delivers today: battery life that spans multiple days instead of demanding a nightly recharge.Garmin’s vívoactive 3 ($299.99 or $329.99 depending on configuration and now available for pre-order) may be the most promising of them. Like the Apple Watch, it includes GPS and a heart rate monitor, can make NFC mobile payments and can run apps from its own store.  Unlike Apple’s wristwear, the barely thicker (0.46 inches) vívoactive 3 displays notifications from Android as well as iOS phones and always shows the time on its 1.2-inch display instead of darkening when idle. And Garmin says it will run as long as a week between charges in smartphone mode, or up to 13 hours with the GPS active.Garmin also introduced a hybrid smart watch, the vívomove HR ($199.99 for a Sport model, $299.99 for a Premium version). This .46-in.-thick timepiece combines traditional, moving hands with an embedded OLED display to track your activities, show your heart rate, and present phone notifications.It doesn’t have the vivoactive 3’s GPS or NFC support and doesn’t match its battery life either. Garmin says it will run up to five days in smartwatch mode, or two weeks as a plain old watch.The Fitbit Ionic, announced a few days before IFA, matches the vívoactive 3 in most aspects. This $299.95 device, shipping in October, also features GPS, a heart rate monitor, NFC mobile payments, notifications from Continue Reading

Volkswagen announces Apple Watch app

Volkswagen has another reason for Apple Watch owners to get revved up. Volkswagen has announced that its Car-Net platform will connect with the new Apple Watch, allowing owners access to vehicle information while away from their rides. Volkswagen’s Apple Watch app will be available worldwide on all vehicles with Volkswagen’s Car-Net systems. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. Hinting at how work on their Apple Watch connectivity will be mirrored in future automotive technology, Abdallah Shanti, Executive Vice President and Group Chief Information Officer for Region Americas said in a statement, “These high-tech features, available through the Car-Net app for Apple Watch, are paving the way to Volkswagen’s future of connected vehicles.” The Car-net app will bring a suite of automotive functionality to Apple’s latest gadget, including remote locking and unlocking of doors, checking on whether doors and windows are closet, and monitoring fuel or battery charge level. Losing a parked car is a thing of the past with the Car-Net app, which will mark the vehicle’s position on a map and even allow the owner to flash the lights or honk the horn all from the Apple Watch. READ MORE VOLKSWAGEN NEWS HERE. Volkswagen will also offer owners to remotely monitor their vehicle’s speed and location, offering parents a convenient way to monitor their children’s driving. Volkswagen offers Car-Net on select Beetle, CC, Eos, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles from the 2014 model year on, as well as Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, and e-Golf vehicles from the 2015 model year on. The Car-Net app for Apple Watch will be available on the App Store for App Watch. Continue Reading

The Apple Watch receives first big software update with watchOS 2

The Apple Watch is receiving its first big update with watchOS 2. The watch OS 2 update, which was announced by Apple Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference, will add several small features to the watch in addition to native support. Some of the features include access to health kit and heart rate data, control over HomeKit devices and a new Nightstand feature that activates when it's being charged. Here are some other notable highlights: Playback: Apple decided to listen to consumers and added microphone use to the Apple Watch. Users can now record things by having access to the devices mic. Along with that, watchOS 2 will play audio and video directly from the watch face. Complications: The new software update will let developers create their own Complications, otherwise known as customized watch faces, which will increase the options the users have to customize their home screen. Some Complications can feature multiple displays at once, meaning the user can see the time, weather, calendar and reminders at the same time. Time travel: A new feature called Time Travel will also be added to the watch with the update. Time Travel will let users fast forward the watch face to see what their day looks like at a specific hour. Appointments, events and weather will change accordingly. Faces: The update will expand the library of watch faces and add a Photo Album face and a Time-Lapse face, which is a 24-hour time lapse of iconic locations. The Photo Album face will let users create their own face by cropping a photo and setting it as a default. Native Apps: Developers will now be able to access hardware features like the microphone, speaker, accelerometer and the digital crown to make apps fully Watch-compatible. The Watch apps will also be able to work with HomeKit and the Fitness App. Drawing Tools: The Digital Touch drawings feature now supports multiple colors, which lets Continue Reading

Apple Watch is the ‘most personal device we’ve ever created,’ says CEO Tim Cook

Hey, Dick Tracy already thought of this! Silicon Valley titan Apple unveiled its first smartwatch Monday, and it does all the things the jut-jawed cartoon detective’s did in the 1940s — and more. “This is the most personal device we’ve ever created. It’s not just with you, it’s on you,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told an awestruck crowd in San Francisco. Simply called the “Watch,” it’s a mini-computer that brings the Web to your wrist. “Since what you wear is an expression of who you are, we designed Apple Watch to appeal to a whole variety of people with different tastes and different preferences,” said Cook, introducing the first new device since he took over at the tech giant. Cook added that the watch has a customizable face and comes with a variety of bands. The price starts at $349 for the cheapest model and climbs to more than $10,000 for the blinged-out “Watch Edition” featuring an 18-karat gold body and a sapphire screen. The gadget goes on sale April 24 in the United States, Britain, Australia and China — where the company has opened six stores in the past six weeks. Showing off the gizmo, Cook seemed most excited about using it as a phone. “I have been wanting to do this since I was 5 years old. The day is finally here,” Cook said before Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of technology, took a call on the Watch from the Bow Wow Meow pet grooming company. The device is wirelessly tethered to the iPhone, allowing users to keep the smartphone in their purse or pocket while still accessing nearly all its functions and apps on their wrists. The Watch can also be used to text, email, surf the Web, keep abreast of calendar events, the weather, make wireless purchases and even order an Uber cab. It can monitor heart rate and tracks calorie intake and exercise. A “digital crown” on the side Continue Reading

Apple Watch ships to early pre-order customers, arrives in select boutiques

It’s Apple Watch time. The highly anticipated smartwatch shipped to the earliest pre-order customers and arrived at selected boutiques Friday. The watch pairs, which start at $349, with a wearer’s iPhone, allowing them to check email, listen to music and make calls from their wrists. Apple announced the gadget last year and began taking preorders earlier this month. The company won’t say exactly how many watches have been sold, but some experts believe nearly 1 million were sold on the first day of pre-orders alone. As many as 20 million watches could be sold by the end of the year. The first customers to place online pre-orders on April 10 were told the watch would begin shipping on April 24. Newer orders won’t begin shipping until this summer. The tiny-screened gadget cannot be collected from Apple's own stores yet, but the tech giant did sent small supplied to a few physical stores — high-end fashion boutiques and tech outposts in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Paris and Berlin — for the Friday launch. The move to put the watches among clothes racks was meant to highlight the device as a fashion accessory, not just another piece of tech. Apple store have some models for customers to try-on by appointment, but all purchases must be made through the website. The company’s insistence that buyers place order online instead of grabbing them up in Apple stores drastically curbed the long lines of devotees who typically flock to iPhone launches, often camping out for days on end. In Berlin more than 100 stood in line at designer boutique The Corner on Friday morning, and about 150 waited at the Maxfield in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times reported. The watch comes in 38 variations, with the most basic sport model costing $349. A more posh model made of gold costs $10,000. More than 3,000 apps are initially available for the Apple Continue Reading