Apple Thoughts - News & Reviews on all things Apple

Be sure to register in our forums and post your comments - we want to hear from you!

Android Thoughts

Loading feed...

Laptop Thoughts

Loading feed...

Digital Home Thoughts

Loading feed...

All posts tagged "app store"

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Is There Such a Thing as a Sandboxing Victim?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 AM

"So, a story tailor-made for the "blogosphere" hit recently, of the new version of TextExpander 4, and how it's a "victim of sandboxing." (If you say that like you're an 80-year-old southern belle reaching for her hankerchief and fainting couch, you get the general mood of things.)"

Can't say I disagree, it is well documented and not allowed so why all the crying? What are your thoughts?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Four Years of the App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:00 AM

"It's been almost four years since Apple debuted its App Store platform for iOS (and then the Mac), and MacStories has an in-depth look back at that time."

From nothing to an industry that supports over 500,000 jobs and millions of dollars in sales. Impressive growth wouldn't you say? The bigger question is though, what is in store for the next four years? What are your thoughts?

Monday, March 5, 2012

25 Billion Apps...and Counting!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:26 AM

"Apple has officially announced that the iTunes App Store has hit 25 billion downloads, and that the person who downloaded the 25 billionth app, Where's My Water? Free, was Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China. He'll be getting a $10,000 iTunes gift card."

Quit the milestone indeed! Hard to comprehend that this many apps have been downloaded in such a short time, just 2.5 years or so to be exact. Congrats to Chunli Fu of China for being the lucky one!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pop Ups on the iTunes App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:30 PM

"Italian Apple blog Ispazio pointed out an interesting new iTunes App Store feature late last week: pop-up windows that appear with a click, making most descriptive information available without having to reload a full page."

This little addition could certainly have been overlooked as it doesn't exactly jump out at you does it? But regardless, it is a great addition to the App Store, when all you want is a quick look at the application and if it will or won't suit your needs.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Financial Times Pulls App Due to In-App Policy

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"The Financial Times has pulled its self-named app from the App Store for failing to comply with Apple's in-app subscription policy. The publication wasn't interested in Apple's subscription service that took a 30 percent cut and didn't share subscriber data - a policy that's been in place for about two months."

Can't say as I blame them, when they can create something via a mobile web app, which they have done at According to Financial Times, they had 10% of their subscriber base using the iPad last year, so it's no small number for them. Personally, I don't mind using web versions of periodicals, what are your thoughts?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 7 Connector 2.0 for Mac

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:17 PM

"Windows Phone 7 Connector is a simple, easy-to-use application designed to sync your favorite media files from your Mac, with your Windows Phone 7 or Zune HD. You can also sync photos and videos you captured on your phone with your Mac, and when needed, update your Windows Phone 7 software."

Mac users, make your way to the App Store and grab today's update of Windows Phone 7 Connector. Microsoft has tagged it with a version number of 2.0, and with it, there's full sync and import support for Aperture, drag-and-drop support, ringtone transfer and Windows Phone Marketplace support if your phone is running Windows Phone 7.5, as well as a bunch of other goodies ranging from backup and restore improvements to additional languages. And all for the good ol' price of free.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Category Home Pages in the App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 AM

"As pointed out by The Next Web Apple has begun to role out a new redesign for category home pages in the App Store. The redesign follows suit with the home page of the App Store, displaying a large horizontal banner which runs through the category's featured apps. As of now, the redesign is only appearing in the Education and Games sections."

Anything that can be done to make it easier to find worthy apps is a plus for me. With so many applications out there, it was about time they started to refine your search capabilities. I wish they would take it further though, as this change only breaks it down into three subsections: What's Hot, New and Noteworthy and Staff Favorites. What are your thoughts on the change?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

eBay Introduces Their Own Mac App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:57 AM

"Online auction giant eBay has embraced iOS with a variety of apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, leaving the Mac a browser-only experience -- until now. On Tuesday, the company introduced a free Mac App Store entry in an effort to make the shopping experience as browser-free as possible."

Not sure about you, but I really do like Mac applications. Now eBay has finally come on board the Mac App Store train after being pretty proactive with iOS applications. The app, which is free, will let you browse auctions, bid on items, buy items, etc. Pretty much anything you did from your browser you can do from the app. Well, except for selling. You can't sell items using the app, at least for now.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Free Lion Upgrade Details Released From Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:41 PM

"Apple on Wednesday spelled out the details of its free Lion upgrade offer, saying that the deal also applies to Macs bought after the new operating system's debut."

If you purchased a new or Apple refurbished Mac between 6/8/11 and 6/20/11, you can submit an online form no later than 8/19/11. Once submitted you will get a key code to redeem in the Mac App Store for your upgrade of Lion. You can also get the upgrade if the Mac you purchased after 6/20/11 has Snow Leopard on it ie those that were already in the sales pipeline when Lion was released. Make sure you submit the online form within 30 days of the purchase of those "in the pipeline" Macs or you will lose out on the free upgrade. You can get all the details at the Apple site, and links to the online forms.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lion Sleeps Tonight But Will Be Ready to Roar Tomorrow

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:30 PM

"According to Apple's Peter Oppenheimer, speaking on today's earnings call, Mac OS X Lion-as rumored-will go on sale tomorrow."

$30.00 USD and you too can upgrade to Lion, according to the earnings report statement by Peter Oppenheimer.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Think It's Easy to Sell Your iOS Game? Think Again...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"For a few months late last year I spent all of my free time working on an iPhone game by the name of Bullseye Factory. Making iPhone games is just a hobby, but this time I really liked the concept I'd come up with and I was very passionate about seeing it through."

But he didn't think it would mean so much work for so little reward. Interesting read as the developer goes through the steps he took to make his game a success, or at least tried to make it a success. I'll let you find out for yourself what actually happened but it is interesting that sometimes, what it boils down to is just being lucky in order to succeed.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

And Now Some News on the Legal Front...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Talk" @ 11:14 AM

"Bloomberg reports that Steve Jobs will have to testify in an anti-trust suite which alleges that Apple operated a music-downloading monopoly."

According to the story, this involves "Apple's blockage of RealNetwork's Harmony software which briefly allowed users to use RealNetworks' music in iTunes and on iPods. A few days after Harmony was released, Apple updated its own software to block Harmony from working in Apple's Music ecosystem." Seems like this would go nowhere but I can understand Job's getting a subpoena to testify if he had specific information related to the case. In other legal news, Apple is suing over the use of the term "App Store," and Microsoft is protesting the awarding of the trademark. It does seem like a generic term to me, unless of course you put the Apple in front of it. What are your thoughts?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Better Search Tool for the App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:02 AM

Thanks to Joe Johaneman for the tip on this, great way to search the App Store. I think it works much better than the search function of the App Store itself.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

iOS App Store Just Breaks Even

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple runs its popular App Store for iOS mobile apps just above the breakeven mark, according to Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer. Mr. Oppenheimer made the announcement during today's Apple shareholder meeting - one of the few revelations unveiled during the event - in response to a question about the company's iOS subscription plan for newspapers and magazines."

This was from the stockholder's meeting yesterday, during a question and answer section with Tim Cook, Phil Schiller and Peter Oppenheimer. I remember reading about similar statements, mostly about iTunes and the fact that it wasn't operated as a profit generator so I can't imagine them planning on operating any of the app stores as profit generators either. It certainly generates some profit, but their goal has always been the hardware sales and keeping customers involved in the Apple infrastructure, or ecosystem as some analysts have called it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Windows Phone 7 Connector For Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"If you're an iPhone owner, it's a snap to sync your phone to your Mac through iTunes.Just plug it in and all your contacts, music, and calendar events are automatically updated.But if you have any other smartphone, it's not so easy."

Well fear not, Microsoft made that a whole lot easier with their first Mac App called Windows Phone 7 Connector. The free app lets you sync photos, music and movies from iTunes and iPhoto with your Windows Phone and your Zune player. There is no iCal or Mail support but at least with this it won't be such a hassle when you try to sync.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Apple Reveals Subscription Details

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:25 AM

"Filling a gap that has long been a source of complaints for publishers of content-based apps, Apple has finally revealed details of a subscription service on its App Store for digital content including magazines, newspapers, video and music. Expectations of such an announcement rose two weeks ago following the launch of The Daily and the new subscription service will follow the same subscription model ushered in by News Corp.'s tablet-specific newspaper."

It certainly makes it easier, since the cost will be deducted right from your iTunes account. I use Zinio now for my subscriptions and it works pretty well. I'm wondering if publishers will find a way to make it as easy to subscribe on their own website since Apple charges 30% for the service. I guess we will see on June 30th this year how it is going to be received since that is the deadline for publishers to comply with the new terms. What are your thoughts on subscribing to newspapers and magazines via iTunes, bad? Good? Indifferent?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 7 Connector on the Mac App Store

Posted by Darius Wey in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:48 PM

"Windows Phone 7 Connector is a simple, easy-to-use application designed to sync your favorite media files from your Mac, with your Windows Phone 7 or Zune HD. You can also sync photos and videos you captured on your phone with your Mac, and when needed, update your Windows Phone 7 software."

Microsoft has released v1.0 of Windows Phone 7 Connector to the masses, while exploring new territory by releasing it on the Mac App Store. It's a free app that lets you connect your Windows Phone 7 device or Zune HD to your Mac, sync your music, videos, and podcasts from iTunes and your photos to and from iPhoto, and even download and install the latest Windows Phone 7 updates as they're made available. Alas, there's no option to browse the Marketplace, but at least this is better than nothing, right? Scoot off to the App Store and grab it today.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Search Filters Now on the iPad App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"According to macstories, the iPad's App Store app just gained a very useful new feature: search filters. There are now five different filters you can assign to app searches: Category, Release Date, Customer Rating, Price, and Device. Popovers allow users to adjust or clear filters."

This is a useful feature and it needs to be added to the other stores. Currently it is only on the iPad App Store, but I doubt it will take very long for it to get to the other ones. Until then, the iPad is the go-to device for searching!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Apple's App Store Now Tweets

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:30 AM,+iPad,+iPod)

"Apple has opened the twitter account @AppStore and posted the following first tweet: Welcome to App Store on Twitter! Follow us to discover new apps, get exclusive offers, and share with friends. #appstore"

The assumption is deals will be tweeted with this account, as well as new releases and updates. So to keep current, on all things happening at the App Store, follow @AppStore.

Monday, January 24, 2011

10 Billion Downloads Achieved! Winner Crowned and No, It Isn't Me!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"Apple on Saturday announced that its iOS App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad has reached the milestone of 10 billion downloads since its launch in 2008."

The contest started on January 14th this year, and ended over this past weekend, by someone in the UK downloading a free app called "Paper Glider." This past year the App Store had over 7 billion downloads, which far surpassed it's first year total of 1.5 billion.

And if you are curious about what 10 billion represents, other than a huge number of apps in a short time, you can read some examples in this article from Business Insider. On another note related to this milestone, check out the story on how the winner almost wasn't.

Featured Product
News Tip or Feedback?

Contact us

Other Apple Resources

All iOS News

iPhone Life

Thoughts Media Sites

Windows Phone Thoughts

Digital Home Thoughts

Zune Thoughts

Apple Thoughts

Android Thoughts

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Sponsored links