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Apple Launches New Website Explaining People How App Store Works

However, the company says 84 per cent of apps on iOS are free and developers pay nothing to Apple

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

In order to execute better defence against recent anti-trust and anti-competitive allegations, Apple has launched a new website for the App Store, explaining how apps and updates are reviewed and examined by “hundreds of human experts and automated systems” before they are rolled-out.

The new website would detail the running of the App Store, along with how apps are developed and reviewed and what kind of work models do developers resort to, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.

“We use a combination of automated systems and hundreds of human experts. This team represents 81 languages across three time zones,” the iPhone-maker wrote in a post explaining the website.

According to Apple, over 1.4 million apps have been removed from the App Store since 2016 because either they were not updated or did not work on the most current iOS version.

The company says it reviews 100,000 apps every week out of which 60 per cent apps are approved and around 40 per cent are rejected.

“Most apps are reviewed within 24 hours of the developer’s submission. Developers can choose to have their apps available immediately after the approval. The most common reason for rejection is minor bugs, followed by privacy concerns,” Apple explained.

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FILE – Apple’s App Store app is seen in Baltimore, MD., March 19, 2018. VOA

The company gives all developers the opportunity to have a rejection reviewed by the App Review Board, that makes about 1,000 calls a week to help developers diagnose and resolve glitches and issues.

“The five pillars of the guidelines – safety, performance, business, design, and legal – require that apps offered on the App Store are safe, provide a good user experience, adhere to our rules on user privacy, secure devices from malware and threats, and use approved business models,” the post added.

In addition, the website features a section entitled “A Store that welcomes competition”, that the iPhone-maker intends to work as a marketplace where its own apps live alongside third-party apps.

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Earlier this year, music streaming major Spotify alleged the Apple requires it and other digital services to pay a 30 per cent tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from a free to premium subscription. Spotify said this tax would force it to artificially inflate the price of its premium membership well above the price of Apple Music.

However, the company says 84 per cent of apps on iOS are free and developers pay nothing to Apple.

The new App Store website has been launched ahead of Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) that is scheduled to be held from June 3 to June 7 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple Becomes One of The Fastest-Growing Brands in India

The Cupertino-based tech giant is fast selling almost all products -- iPhones, Apple Watch, Mac desktops and AirPods Pro -- apart from a growing Apple TV community in India

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Apple still continues to be an aspirational brand in India and the success of the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 indicates that Apple can grow faster in India provided with the right channel and pricing strategy in place. Pixabay

Riding on the strong demand for iPhone XR and iPhone 11, Apple became one of the fastest-growing brands in India in the fourth quarter of 2019, capturing 2 per cent market share with a year-on-year growth of 41 per cent, Counterpoint Research said on Friday.

On an annual level, Apple shipments are set to rebound in India during 2019 with an estimated growth (YoY) of 6 per cent.

“This is compared to a 43 per cent decline it had during 2018, thanks to the price correction of iPhone XR, revamped channel strategy and expansion of local manufacturing in India,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Counterpoint Research, told IANS.

The initial strong demand for the iPhone 11 series was driven by aggressive pricing, promotional and channel strategy. “The EMI along with cashback offers on iPhone 11 series especially iPhone 11 did well during the important festive launch,” Pathak added.

Additionally, the fastest ever roll-out in India ahead during the festive season led to the strong initial shipments. In fact, price cut on iPhone XR immediately made it the best selling iPhone within Apple portfolio for two successive quarters (Q2 2019, and Q3 2019).

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Riding on the strong demand for iPhone XR and iPhone 11, Apple became one of the fastest-growing brands in India in the fourth quarter of 2019, capturing 2 per cent market share with a year-on-year growth of 41 per cent, Counterpoint Research said on Friday. Pixabay

The Cupertino-based tech giant is fast selling almost all products — iPhones, Apple Watch, Mac desktops and AirPods Pro — apart from a growing Apple TV community in India. The reason for Apple’s rise lies in a better understanding of a market that requires unique customer strategies and mind games, not seen in other, more evolved smartphone territories.

“Apple still continues to be an aspirational brand in India and the success of the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 indicates that Apple can grow faster in India provided with the right channel and pricing strategy in place,” said Pathak.

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iPhone XR is being manufactured at Apple supplier Foxconn’s facility in Sriperumbudur, Chennai and iPhone 7 and 6S being assembled at supplier Wistron’s facility in Bengaluru. (IANS)