News tagged ‘App Store’
Apple has once again proved that it is doing its best to change this world. This time not only in terms of inventing new computers, tablets and smartphones, but in terms of saving nature. According to what Tim Cook has announced today, the guys from Cupertino are currently planning to invest €1.7 Billion (or about $1.93 billion) in the development of new data centers, which will be powered fully by the electricity produced using renewable sources. These data centers will be reportedly located in County Galway, Ireland and central Jutland in Denmark. This data centers are expected to power Apple services used by European customers.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, the guys from Cupertino have recently invited several third-party app developers to Apple headquarters to allow them to test their Apple Watch apps ahead of the launch of the wearable device in April. Some insiders claim that Apple is planning to help nearly 100 developers finalize their products in February, however, this information hasn’t yet been confirmed officially. Most of the developers invited to Cupertino are those who create sports and productivity applications.
The guys from Cupertino have recently released a new music-themed iPad ad devoted to the 57th annual Grammy Awards. The short commercial is entitled "Change" and it shows us three creative personalities using Apple’s tablets for their work. These personalities are Gaslamp Killer, a producer from Los Angeles, DJ Riton from England and Swedish singer Elliphant. The one-minute ad, in which we can see the entire process of creation of a remix, is available below. Take a look and tell me what you think about it below this short post.
Apple has recently released the very first OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta to developers for testing. The release of the new version comes just a week after the public release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, which contained a number of stability improvements and a fix for the Wi-Fi connectivity issue. In case you don’t remember, this issue affected a wide number of Mac and MacBook users all over the world.
According to the latest figures published on Apple's App Store support page for developers, iOS 8 adoption rate has reached 72% over the last few months. The number of iPhones, iPads and compatible iPods with iOS 8 on board has grown 3% since January, 20th. The reasons for such growth are the public release of iOS 8.1.3 and strong demand for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.
Although the long-anticipated Apple Watch is expected to hit the store shelves no sooner than in April, Apple has already asked several developers to finish their apps by mid-February. For example, one of the biggest Apple Pay partners has been recently notified that he should finish its Apple Watch-compatible application by February, 12th.
Several days after the release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 and iOS 8.1.3 to users worldwide, the guys from Cupertino updated iTunes. iTunes 12.1 can boast of minor stability and performance improvements as well as one easily noticeable feature. This feature is a new iTunes widget for Notification Center. The problem is that if you use iTunes on PC or Mac with OS X version lower that Yosemite, you won’t be able to launch and utilize this widget.
Apple on Tuesday released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to users worldwide. The public release comes several months after the release of the previous version of Yosemite, which took place in October, and about a week after the release of the sixth beta. This time the newest version of the operating system for Macs has many things to boast of.
According to the latest data that can be found on Apple's support page for developers, iOS 8 adoption rate has once again improved. Although this improvement is not as substantial as the previous one, it shows that more and more people switch to the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. Some of them purchase smartphones and tablets with iOS 8 pre-installed, but most of the users simply upgrade to a newer version of iOS.
Apple has today added a new category to its App Store. It is called Games for Kids and as you might have understood, it highlights best games for the youngest users. To make it easier for children and their parent choose apps, the guys from Cupertino have also divided all the games in the section into three sub-categories based on the age of users. Thus, there are apps for those who are 5 years old or under, for those who are 6-8 years old and for those who are 9-11 years old.
The guys from Cupertino have just notified their developers across the world that they will change App Store prices in the countries of the European Union, Canada and Norway, Iceland and Russia within the next 36 hours. In some of the aforementioned regions the prices will go up, but several countries will experience the decrease of the prices. And there’s a very interesting situation with Russia, where the prices are said to be “changed” without specifying their increase or decrease. There’re two main reasons for all the changes. The first one is connected with adjustments in taxes policy and the second one - with unstable currency exchange rates in a number of countries.
Apple has recently updated its iTunes terms and conditions in a number of European countries and allowed users to return songs, apps, books etc. within 14 days after paying for them. The new 14-day return policy covers the purchases made in the iOS App Store, Mac App Store, iBooks Store and iTunes Store.
As you probably know, every year since 2008, Apple has been offering a promotion called “12 Days of Gifts”. The guys from Cupertino used to give away songs, various apps, movies and other useful stuff for the customers in the USA, Europe and Canada during the 12 days after Christmas. This year, however, it looks like Apple won’t arrange its traditional promotion.
According to the official figures on the App Store usage published by the guys from Cupertino earlier this week, iOS 8 adoption rate has risen 1% over the period of time between December 8th and December 22nd and now is equal to 64%. Although the adoption rate rises not as fast as the adoption rate of iOS 7 last year, it grows steadily and that is the point.
Apple on Monday released an important security update for Mac owners. According to what the guys from Cupertino say, this update contains a fix for the critical issue with Network Time Protocol service on OS X and is highly recommended for Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite users. Apple asks Mac and MacBook owners to “install this update as soon as possible”.