Does the very sight of the current mosh pit that is the iTunes Store and App Store fill your heart with disgust? Apple is said to be working on a much simpler design that'll not only make it easier to find new digital content, but also make the two digital stores faster.
Apple's about to hit another App Store milestone — the big 25 billionth app download. The company's already put up a countdown clock up on its site and the winner will receive one whopping gift card to buy even more apps!
Having an app store is all the rage these days. Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Xbox, Amazon, Samsung, Sony — practically everybody's has one. Nintendo's next console — the Wii U — will reportedly have its very own too, and no, it's not that wimpy WiiWare service we have right now.
With over 500,000 apps in Apple's App Store and over 18 billion downloads to date, it's hard to imagine the late Steve Jobs — didn't want native third-party apps mucking up the iPhone, but that was the original plan. It's a good thing Jobs didn't trust his gut on that one, because the App Store made the iPhone huge.
Emulation is the sincerest form of flattery and Microsoft's not afraid to follow in Apple's footsteps. The Mac App Store's success is another home run for Apple and what does that mean for Microsoft's next Windows 8 OS? It's getting an App Store too.
Apple has a history of yanking apps from the App Store that it discovers violates its policies in any way. If you managed to download it, you can keep it, but you won't be able to redownload it if you delete it. Until now.
There's always been a silent alternative to the apps that Apple peddles by way of its App Store: Flash. Don't worry — we're not going to beat that dead horse. Long story short, Apple doesn't support it, but the format the company does, HTML5, may give developers a new way to circumvent Apple — and the cut the company takes.
There have been some weird news reports this week about how Apple now wants a 30 percent cut of any goods sold from within an app, or that developers have to sell their goods through iTunes with Apple taking 30...
Well, this isn't a good sign: Apple has rejected Sony's Reader app, which would allow users to download books from Sony's digital bookstore. This is similar to what Amazon's popular Kindle app does — could it be getting the boot soon?
Say "app" and "store," and most people will probably only think of Apple's aptly named App Store. There are a bunch of them coming, though — boat loads. On the one hand it seems awful and inconvenient to have to muck around with more than one, but one man has a pretty reasonable defense as to why a multitude of app stores could be a good thing.