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Apple will soon force developers to include an account deletion option in their apps

Apple is infamous for its strict guideline enforcement when it comes to its App Store. The company can be unforgiving when developers try to cross the limits it has set. For example, the Cupertino tech giant didn't hesitate to ban Epic Games' account when Fortnite implemented a third-party payment method. As a result, Epic Games...

iOS apps can now increase subscription prices without your confirmation

Antitrust watchdogs sometimes criticize Apple for not allowing third-party payment methods on iOS apps. The company tends to defend itself with a number of counterarguments. These include its sincere interest in protecting its users when it comes to subscriptions. After all, only through Apple you have the guaranteed right to ask for support, request refunds,...

Apple’s privacy labels mysteriously vanish from the App Store on iOS and macOS

Apple revealed its Privacy Nutrition Labels back in WWDC20. This iOS 14 feature forces (active) developers to provide in a clear way the kinds of data they collect from users. The App Store then displays these labels in the listing page of each app. This helps users decide whether they want to download a certain...

Apple is actively removing outdated apps from the App Store, even if they’re fully functional

Enforcing strict guidelines in app stores can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, users bump into fewer low-quality software. On the other, developers have to tick endless checkboxes and sometimes deal with unnecessary hassles to satisfy our tech overlords. Apple is notorious for its relatively harsh app review process. The company sometimes rejects submissions...

App Store logs reference realityOS: Apple’s potential AR/VR operating system

Rumors about Apple's mixed reality headset have been surfacing for a while now. The company was initially expected to announce the product towards the end of this year. However, other reports published at a later date claim that Apple won't be revealing its AR/VR headset until 2023. We can't know for sure when the Cupertino...

Open App Markets Act aims to regulate app stores, moves to U.S. Senate vote

The conversation around app store monopolies has ramped up over the past few years, especially throughout Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple and Google over monetization and policies. Slowly but surely, legislators are working on their own solutions, and now one proposed law in the United States has reached a significant milestone: passing the Senate Judiciary...

iOS developers can now publish unlisted apps, accessible with a private link

When developers build apps, they don't always have mass-distribution in mind. Some apps cater to select groups of users that the developer targets. Apple already allows devs to geo-restrict apps published on its store. This prevents users from other regions to download the app for various reasons -- that differ from case to case. However,...

iOS devs can now create custom discount codes for their app

Every now and then, Apple adds new tools to its App Store Connect platform for developers to utilize. For example, the company started allowing them to create custom App Store product pages last month. The latest addition to the platform revolves around subscriptions and winning back users who have cancelled. iOS developers can finally create...

As antitrust legislation inches forward in the US, Apple and Google aren’t happy

We're staring at a rather defining moment in smartphone history. The smartphone landscape, as it stands right now, is split between Apple and Google. Both adopt different approaches in how they handle their ecosystems, and through these starkly different approaches, both have undeniably grown to their biggest sizes in their own history. The past year...

Apple will allow developers in South Korea to implement alternative payment systems

Apple and Google have been criticized -- and even sued -- for banning developers from implementing their own payment systems in apps. The two companies are notorious for charging developers high commission fees for each in-app purchase (IAP) a user makes. Last year, South Korea passed a law that forces the two tech giants to...

Apple gets relief: Devs can’t link to their own billing systems just yet

Almost all of us are now familiar with the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic Games. The judge had given the company until December 9 -- today -- to allow developers to link to their own billing systems. However, after it appealed at court, it won a reprieve and won't have to make changes just...

Apple now allows developers to create custom App Store product pages

Back in June, Apple announced during WWDC21 that it would eventually allow app developers to create custom App Store product pages. This enables them to showcase different contents -- such as icons, screenshots, and descriptions -- to different people. Developers will get access to statistics based on each product page to find out which appeals...