Due to the iOS App Store guidelines, Microsoft and Google have not been able to bring their cloud-based gaming solutions to iPhones and iPads despite Apple tweaking the App Store rules for them. Not to give up so easily, Microsoft is reportedly developing a browser-based version of xCloud that will be available on iOS and iPadOS devices next year.
A Sensor Tower report claims that user spending on the App Store for Q3 of 2020 was almost double of Google Play Store. While the App Store generated $19 billion in revenue after a growth of 31 percent YoY, Google Play lagged behind with a revenue of $10.3 billion despite registering a higher growth rate of 33.8 percent YoY.
To comply with local regulations, Apple tends to remove apps from the Chinese App Store from time to time. Over the years, the company has removed illegal gambling apps, Skype for iOS, Pocketcasts, thousands of games, VPN apps, and more to comply with the local Chinese regulations. Now, it looks like in another such move, Apple is removing all RSS reader apps from the Chinese App Store.
Apple takes a 30% cut from developers for in-app purchases. The commission is also applicable to apps that offer paid online classes. Well, not anymore.
Epic Games, Spotify, Others Form Coalition for App Fairness to Fight Back against Apple Crushing Innovation
Last month, when Apple had removed Fortnite from App Store, there were rumors that Epic Games is going to form a coalition against the Cupertino-based tech giant to fight its app commission and App Store policies. Well, the rumors were true. Epic Games along with Spotify, Tile, and ten other companies has formed a new organization called the “Coalition for App Fairness” with an effort to fight against the app commission that Apple charges to developers and a few policies of App Store.
Apple has updated App Store Review guidelines to accommodate new features that are arriving on iOS 14. The App Store Review Guidelines now include new rules for App Clips, streaming game services, and in-app purchases.
Apple takes a 30% commission from developers for App Store sales, across the world. However, in Russia, Apple might be forced to lower its commission to just 20%. According to a new report published by Reuters today, a bill has been submitted to the lower Russian Parliament to limit Apple’s App Store commission to 20%.
Apple’s devices are known for being secure. And the Cupertino-based tech giant keeps on improving the security on its device every year. Last year, Apple took a major step to make Macs even more secure by introducing a process called “Notarization.” In this process, developers have to submit their apps to Apple where it checks the app for malicious content and security issues. If the app passes the test, a security feature on Mac dubbed Gatekeeper allows the app to run. However, it has now come to light that Apple had accidentally allowed malware to run on Macs.
In the recent past, Apple’s App Store review policy has come under the scanner multiple times. The company has now announced that it will be allowing developers to “suggest changes to the guidelines.” This way, developers will be able to voice their opinion and suggest changes to the existing guidelines.
After Epic Games violated App Store policies by introducing a direct payment service in Fortnite, Apple had not only removed the game from its app distribution platform but it also warned the game developer that it will Terminate its App Store developer account by August 28th if the game developer doesn’t fix the violations.