Monday, January 18

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2020, App Store, Apple, Apps & Games, News, revenue

Apple made an estimated $ 64 billion from the App Store in 2020

Apple made an estimated $ 64 billion (about C $ 81.2 billion) in revenue from the App Store in 2020. The figure comes from CNBC, which calculated the estimate by comparing figures published by Apple. The iPhone maker doesn't share how much it earns from the App Store, but does share annually how much developers have earned from the platform since its launch (this year, that number was over $ 200 billion). CNBC He took the 2020 figure and subtracted it from the 2019 amount to determine how much developers made last year alone, then accounted for Apple's 30 percent cut. Although the figures may not be entirely accurate, without public reports, a rough estimate is enough to give us an idea of ​​how much Apple makes from the App Stor...
App Store, Apple, Apps & Games, Google, News, parler

Apple and Google take action against Parler for failing to moderate content

In a flurry of activity Friday night, various platforms cracked down on US President Donald Trump. Twitter suspended Trump's account and shortly thereafter, both Apple and Google took positions against another social media platform called Parler. For those unfamiliar with Parler, it is a social network known for its lax moderation and used by conservatives and extremists. Apple threatened to remove Parler from the App Store unless he submitted a "moderation improvement plan within 24 hours." Additionally, Apple cited allegations that Trump supporters used Parler in planning the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol. Google followed suit, removing Parler from the Play Store. The company said Parler would remain suspended...
App Store, iPhone News

Apple threatens to ban Parler from App Store by Saturday morning

Apple warned the social media app Parler, used by extremist conservatives in the US, around the clock to create a moderation policy or boot from the App Store. According to an email from Apple sent to Parler, obtained by Buzzfeed: “We have received numerous complaints about objectionable content on your Parler service, allegations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate illegal activities in Washington DC on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to the loss of lives, numerous injuries and destruction of property, ”Apple wrote to Parler. "The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate even more illegal and dangerous activities." Apple added in the email sent Friday morning, "to ensure there are no disruptions to the availabi...
App Store, Apple, Business, General, Services, update

Apple says developers have made more than $ 200 billion since the launch of the App Store

Apple has shared details about how its various services, such as the App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV and more, fared during 2020. The update includes some interesting statistics. For example, Apple says developers have made more than $ 200 billion (about $ 254 billion Canadian) since the App Store launched in 2008. Between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, Apple says that customers App Store users spent $ 1.8 billion (about $ 2.3 billion Canadian) on digital goods. Apple says that was largely due to spending on games. Finally, Apple customers called in the new year setting a single-day spending record of more than $ 540 million (approximately C $ 686 million) on New Years Day. Some of Apple's other services also had great yea...
app privacy labels, App Store, Apple, Apps, Apps & Games, Google, News

Google’s iOS apps will get new privacy labels in the coming weeks

A (somewhat hilarious) report began circulating yesterday suggesting that Google purposely stopped updating its apps on iOS to avoid putting the required new Apple App Store privacy labels on its apps. Since then, the company has confirmed plans to add these tags. For those unfamiliar with Apple's privacy labels, the company released them in mid-December alongside the release of iOS 14.3. Tags appear on applications available through the Apple App Store and detail what data an application can access. That can include "linked to you" data, such as financial information or identifiers, data that is not linked to you, such as location or search history, and more. Along with the new App Store privacy labels, the Cupertino, California-based company said developers would need to report...
Amphetamine, App Store, Macs

Amphetamine app remains on App Store as Apple reverses decision

Image: App Store Apple has reversed its decision to give the developer of the Amphetamine app two weeks to "remove all references to the word 'amphetamine' and remove the pill from the icon" or see the app removed from the App Store on January 12, according to The edge. Amphetamine is a simple Mac app which prevents them from entering sleep mode and allows users to set specific actions as triggers to put their Macs to sleep in order. The app itself makes no reference to any controlled substance and doesn't endorse its use in any way, so it came as a huge surprise to the app's developer, William C. Gustafson, when Apple contacted him on December 29 and told him that its application “appears to promote the inappropriate use of controlled substances. Specifically, the name and ic...
App Store, China, iPhone News

Apple removes 46,000 applications from the App Store in China

According to Reuters, Apple has removed more than 46,000 applications from its App Store in China in the span of a single day. Of the 46,000 apps removed, a whopping 39,000 were gaming apps. The objectives of the repression paid out apps (or apps that offer in-app purchases) from developers who have not obtained the required licenses from the Chinese authorities. Since the Chinese government mandated that app developers seeking monetary transactions through app stores must seek permission from regulatory authorities, Apple gave publishers until June 30 to acquire and provide government-issued licenses. . Subsequently, the deadline was extended until December 31. Because the Chinese authorities did not approve many licenses for overseas publishers, Apple had to start pulling ...
2020, App Store, Apps, Apps & Games, Christmas, Games, Google Play, News

Global spending on apps topped $ 400 million by Christmas: report

Android and iOS users around the world spent $ 407 million (about C $ 519.6 million) on Christmas Day, according to app analytics firm Sensor Tower. The firm notes that this represents 34.5 percent year-on-year growth since December 25, 2019. Most of the Christmas spending was on mobile games, which increased by 27 percent from Christmas 2019 to $ 295, $ 6 million (about $ 377 million Canadian). . Outside of games, entertainment apps continued to be the top-earning revenue stream on both the App Store and Google Play. TikTok was the top non-gaming app in terms of consumer spending, generating $ 4.7 million (about $ 6 million Canadian) over Christmas. Breaking it down further, Sensor Tower reports that the App Store accounted for ...
App Store, Apple, Apps & Games, COVID-19, News

Apple has removed an app that promoted unsafe parties during COVID

Apple removed a US app from its App Store that promoted unsafe parties amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The app in question was called Vybe Together, which allowed people to organize and attend "clandestine parties." On his since-deleted website and on his TikTok account, the app was promoted with the slogan “Turn on your rebel. Light your party. " Talking to The edge, one of the co-founders of Vybe Together said it only had a few thousand users, with a few thousand additional applicants requesting access. In addition, the company claimed that it only promoted "small gatherings" rather than "big parties" with people in parks or apartments. The app required users to submit their Instagram account and upload photos of themselves partyi...
App Store, Apple, Google

Global consumer spending reached $ 407.6 million on the App Store and Google Play Store at Christmas

Worldwide consumer spending on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store has been on the rise. Global spending has broken records this year, reaching $ 407.6 million in the two markets over Christmas alone. Sensor tower released a new estimated report, which showed that global consumer spending on apps and games has increased significantly compared to 2019. Data shows that spending has exceeded $ 100 billion in a single year for the first time in November of this year. On December 25, App Store and Google Play Store consumers spent approximately $ 407.6 million on Christmas, representing an increase of 34.5 percent over 2019. Last year, an estimated 303 were spent million on vacation. Although total spending on Christmas may seem like a lot at first glance, Sensor Tower ...
App Store, app store fees, Apple, Manufacturers, News

Apple launches lower App Store fees for some developers as part of a new program

Apple has launched its new Small Business Program that reduces the amount of commission it charges some application developers. As part of the program, developers making less than $ 1 million a year will pay 15 percent of all transactions, half the current rate of 30 percent. The program was announced in November and was supposed to start on January 1, but a report from AppleInsider suggests that Apple has started the program early for some developers. Jacob Gorban, founder of Apparent Software, tweeted that the new App Store fee it is now in effect. Other reports indicate that the changes have taken effect for some other developers as well. Apple's App Store policies have long been criticized by developers who say the tech giant ...
App Store, Apple, Apps & Games, News, privacy labels

Apple’s App Store now displays privacy labels detailing what data apps collect

Apple is delivering on a promise from earlier this year to make the App Store more transparent about how apps view, use and collect your data. At WWDC in June, the Cupertino, California-based tech company announced plans to add tags to app pages on the App Store. These new tags would reveal information about how applications interact with user data. It is a good idea that you should provide information at a glance about the privacy implications of the software. Additionally, Apple will require these tags on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Those who run the IOS 14.3 update on their iPhones they should start to see these cards in the App Store as the developers add the information. It's worth noting that Apple said it woul...