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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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Upcoming iPhone SE 2 Likely to be Called as ‘iPhone 9’

Earlier Kuo had said, Apple was preparing to release a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook and an augmented reality (AR) headset by the first half of 2020

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iPhones are on display at an Apple store in Prince William Country, Virginia. (Photo: Diaa Bekheet) VOA

A new report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara has claimed that the iPhone SE 2 will likely be called the iPhone 9, owing to the fact that it will feature the same chassis as that of the iPhone 8.

The device is expected to feature a 4.7-inch display with bezels along with a faster A13 Bionic chip, 3GB of RAM and could start selling at $399.

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo iPhone SE 2 is scheduled to go into mass production in January 2020 and will be launched at the end of March.

The iPhone SE 2 will use a 10-layer Substrate-like PCB (SLP) for its motherboard, the same technology used by the iPhone 11’s version.

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In this Jan. 9, 2007 file phtoo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up an Apple iPhone at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco. Apple Inc. VOA

This will benefit multiple iPhone suppliers, including Pending Holdings, Xinxing, and AT&S, even though the SLP will be a less expensive component than the one used in the iPhone 11 series of devices.

The iPhone SE 2 will not have the 3D Touch feature, removed from the iPhone 11 by the company. Also, it will use a Touch ID fingerprint reader, not Face ID.

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The phone will have three colour options such as silver, space grey and red.

Earlier Kuo had said, Apple was preparing to release a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook and an augmented reality (AR) headset by the first half of 2020. (IANS)