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The App Store Hits Fifty Billion Downloads


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Apple has today sold the 50 billionth app downloaded on the App Store, ending the countdown to win a $10,000 App Store gift card. As of today, in excess of 50 billion apps have been downloaded worldwide, meaning that since only January of this year, over 10 billion apps have been downloaded. Nearly 20 billion of those downloads occurred in 2012 alone, but its likely that this amount will be surpassed in 2013 if the downloading continues at the same rate.
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Apple Makes In-App Purchase Rules More Visible


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Apple has added a new section into the iOS App Store yesterday with a page which will provide information about in-app purchases for users. The new page, which is likely targeted towards the parents of children who use apps with an in-app purchase option, explains the context of in-app purchases and what they can be used for (via AppAdvice). The document also highlights how in-app purchases can be restricted to prevent excessive spending.
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Rumor: Apple TV To Spearhead A Major Push Into Television Apps And Games


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A new report is suggesting that Apple is moving forward with a focus on redefining the provision of television content, and that this will be spearheaded by the Apple TV box being opened up to accept third party developer apps. According to TechCrunch, Apple is working on an Apple TV SDK that will allow developers to write their own apps for the device. The report suggests that Apple’s ‘living room plans’ are going to come into focus this fall, and that there could be an announcement for developers about an Apple TV SDK in the coming months.

The report suggests that games are going to play a large role in Apple’s plans, and that downloadable app and game content will significantly impact upon other dedicated games consoles such as the XBox, the Playstation and the Wii. These games will likely be targeted at a wide audience, rather than focused upon high end titles like Call of Duty.
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Apple Awards €10,000 Gift Card To Buyer Of 25 Billionth iTunes Song


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Apple today announced that a significant milestone in the context of the iTunes Store had been reached in the sale of the 25 billionth song download. The company announced in a press release that the buyer of the song was Philip Lüpke from Germany who, in a unadvertised offer, received a €10,000 iTunes gift card from Apple as part of the celebration.
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How Can Apple Build A $99 iPhone?


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Several reports have appeared over the past few days suggesting that Apple is preparing a new version of the iPhone that is cheaper than the current line-up. The new ‘budget iPhone’ will apparently have different exterior materials and will incorporate cheaper internal components with a view to cutting costs. Some reports have pegged the suggested retail cost of the device between $99 to $149 which is a substantial decrease from the $649 of the iPhone 5, $549 of the iPhone 4S or $450 for the 8GB iPhone 4.

That is an interesting price comparison, but it’s difficult to see how Apple could shave so much off the price of an iPhone in order to get into the iPod nano price range. But here are some interesting figures for you to consider. At time of launch, iSuppli gave the following prices for some of the components of the iPhone 4; processor & memory (~$24), flash storage ($27), baseband chip (~$12), display & touchscreen (~$40) and enclosure (~$10). With other miscellaneous materials, the bill of materials cost of a single 16GB iPhone 4 was approximately $187. Obviously the price of these components will have decreased in the interim period since the iPhone 4 was released, but components like flash storage remain quite expensive.
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App Store Hits 40 Billion Download Milestone


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Apple has today announced that the iOS App Store has hit the 40 billion downloads mark since its launch in 2008 with almost half of those downloads occurring in 2012. The company also noted that there are now over 500 million active App Store accounts and that December offered some crazy downloading activity with over two billion downloads occurring during that month alone. The figures quoted actually exclude re-downloads and updates, so that’s 40 billion purchases.

Interestingly, the press release also alludes to the amount paid out to Developers over the period of the App Store being in existence, with over $7 billion in sales. The Store now offers in excess of 775,000 iOS apps in total with over 300,000 of those being natively designed for the iPad.
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A Google Maps App On iOS Devices


A new report today is suggesting that Google is less than confident that a new Maps app for iOS devices will ever make it on to the iOS App Store. The report comes from The Guardian, who are saying that sources within Google are ‘not optimistic’ that Apple would allow a new Maps app from Google on to the iOS App Store. The app is apparently in the final stages of development and would essentially be ready for shipping by the end of this year.

Of course, this could simply be rumors and hypotheses from within Google and Apple may actually end up approving such an app. This is particularly true since Tim Cook recently pointed towards the Google Maps website as an interim alternative to the Apple Maps app.
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Apple Pulls Safari 6 From Software Update And Direct Download


Shortly after the release of Safari update 6.0.2 on the Mac App Store, Apple has apparently pulled the update from the Mac App Store, and Safari 6 entirely from the Downloads section of their support website. Confusingly, Safari 6 is no longer visible as a direct download on the Apple website and users, including myself, who try to download the update from the Mac App Store are met with an error message or a non-responsive download.

It’s not clear why the company have chosen to remove the entire Safari 6 downloads section, as many users will have already downloaded the latest update and installed it.  Additionally, the update is not showing up in the Apple security document that users are directed to read as part of the update process.
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Clear App For Mac Will Arrive On November 8



The popular UI driven list manager, Clear, released on iOS devices in February will apparently be arriving on the Mac next week, when it is released on to the Mac App Store on November 8. According to the developers of the Clear app, RealMac Software, the new app will be priced at $14.99 and will feature a completely new and “revolutionary gestural interface built for your trackpad”.

The Clear task manager for Mac will also feature syncing with iCloud functionality built in, meaning that you can manage your lists on both iOS and OS X. Notably the app will only function on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and will not be compatible with 10.7 Lion or previous versions. The Clear app for iOS devices will also be receiving a significant update on the same day.
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Reviews For Mac App Store Apps Are Apparently Taking Ages


A funky trend is apparently starting to emerge for apps that have been submitted for review to the Mac App Store in that apps are taking progressively longer to get through Apple’s review process. According to a report from iOS Dev training firm Shiny Development (via MacRumors), some research has shown that the average review time for an app submitted to the Mac App Store has risen progressively from a low of 3-4 days in February and March of this year, to just short of a month at the present time.

The trend is a pretty linear increase going up to October this year and appears to show no sign of slowing down, or even reversing. If it continues to increase at the same rate, then we could be looking at a two month review process in the blink of an eye, even for updates to existing apps. Apparently iOS apps are reviewed a little quicker, in approximately 10 days, so it doesn’t seem to be a general trend across both App Stores.
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