Apple’s VR headset to launch as niche ‘precursor’ to mainstream AR glasses

Apple is preparing to debut its long-rumoured VR headset next year but the product will be a “pricey, niche precursor” to mainstream AR glasses.

The report comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and claims that Apple itself only expects to sell around one VR headset per store each day—putting Cupertino’s first major new product since the Apple Watch in the same sales league as the company’s other expensive products like the $5,999 Mac Pro (which ships around 180,000 units...

App Annie: Mobile app demand surging, gaming revenue set to surpass $120B

Research from App Annie reveals the extent of a surge in demand for mobile apps, driven predominately by gaming.

Mobile game revenue is expected to increase 20 percent this year to surpass $120 billion.

A year into a pandemic, it’s of little surprise to hear that consumption of any form of entertainment has increased—but such a year-on-year increase continues to be staggering given the existing size of the industry.

For comparison, global mobile game...

Apple is notifying devs if they’ve qualified to keep more App Store profits

Apple is notifying developers that applied for its Small Business Program if they’ve qualified to keep more of their App Store profits.

Under the program, Apple will reduce its cut of App Store sales from 30 percent to a fairer 15 percent. Developers that applied on time and qualified have begun being notified:

https://twitter.com/aserkaradeniz/status/1341658991697518593

Any iOS developer which earns under $1 million in sales per year is eligible for the program....

EFF calls Facebook’s campaign against Apple’s iOS 14 privacy changes ‘laughable’

The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has called Facebook’s campaign against Apple’s iOS 14 privacy changes “laughable”.

Facebook took out full-page newspaper ads last week in protest at Apple’s privacy changes in iOS 14:

https://twitter.com/DaveStangis/status/1339183289349918721

Apple’s new policies require apps which collect information about users to disclose what data they’re grabbing—and request specific permission to do...

Apple invites developers to start generating App Clip Codes

Apple is opening the floodgates to iOS developers wanting to get started with App Clip Codes.

App Clips were announced at WWDC in June and enable developers to quickly offer small parts of their app for specific tasks or functions rather than force a user to download an entire app they may just delete afterwards.

The feature is similar in concept to Android’s Instant Apps which Google introduced in 2017. 

Google’s take on the feature focuses more on...

ConnectKit stores App Store Connect API keys and creates helpful ‘Shortcuts’

A new iOS app called ConnectKit helps developers to store their App Store Connect API keys and create ‘Shortcuts’ for helpful actions.

The app securely stores App Store Connect API keys and syncs them across devices using iCloud.

ConnectKit will guide developers through the process of generating a certificate and inputting credentials when the app is first opened.

This data is used so developers can access information across their apps via endpoints...

Apple is dropping its cut of most App Store sales to 15 percent

Apple’s cut from most sales on the App Store is dropping to 15 percent in January following increasing pressure.

In an announcement on Wednesday, Apple said its new App Store Small Business Program will enable any developer which earns under $1 million in sales per year to keep more of their revenue.

The previous 30 percent cut Apple took from App Store transactions has come under increased scrutiny over the past year. Apple says the “vast majority” of iOS...

GameRefinery’s AI auto-tags features and visuals for iOS developers

GameRefinery has boosted its game analytics platform with a new AI which automatically generates tags highlighting features and visuals.

The new system can auto-generate up to 100 tags per game and is currently being used for over 100,000 iOS games in Western markets including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

GameRefinery claims its new AI can automatically identify 51 features and 45 visual styles. This enables it to quickly tag games that its human...

Play Store downloads hit 28.3 billion during lockdown

It seems Android users spent their extra time during lockdown trying some new apps.

According to data from SensorTower, 24.3 billion apps were downloaded from the Play Store in Q1 2020. This jumped to 28 billion downloads in Q2 and peaked at 28.3 billion in Q3. For perspective, that represents a 31 percent year-on-year increase.

These were the most popular categories of downloads on the Play Store in Q2 2020:

Gaming (13.49%)Education (9.11%)Business (6.95%)Tools...

Apple refutes US antitrust report saying devs are ‘primary beneficiaries’

Apple has issued a statement in response to a US House Judiciary report which accuses the company of running a monopoly.

The report (PDF) specifically takes issue with the App Store and echoes concerns from lawmakers and developers around the world that Apple’s practices are anticompetitive.

Here is Apple’s statement in full:

"We have always said that scrutiny is reasonable and appropriate but we vehemently disagree with the conclusions reached in this...