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Today Apple is boasting that more than 50 billion apps have been downloaded from the iOS App Store since 2008, and that it has paid out more than nine billion US dollars to developers. Digging deeper into those numbers reveals the strategies you can use to get a larger chunk of that money — but also suggests you probably won’t be getting any at all, since at least three-quarters of app downloads are for free apps.
Free App Hero was a critically-lauded but unsuccessful aggregator app for iOS that provided reviews and links to the best free games in the App Store. Not unlike our own App Deals Of The Day, it strived to sift the gold from the muck so that its users wouldn’t have to. In the following article, the app’s creator Stuart Campbell explains the various business models he deployed in a vain attempt to monestise the service. If you’re looking to launch an app of your own, his observations make for some essential reading.
If you’ve ever taken your MacBook or iMac in for repair, you’ve probably wondered exactly what those Apple technicians are doing behind closed doors. Over on Tested, they talked with an Apple repair tech to figure out what happens, and what circumstances might lead Apple to refuse a warranty repair.
Apple may have finally added two-factor authentication, but a new exploit is putting Apple IDs at risk in a way that two-factor authentication can’t necessarily fix. Here’s what you need to know.