iTunes Connect will shut down for Christmas

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Get your apps ready for Christmas.
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App developers hoping to cash in on the Christmas downloading season better get their new builds and updates submitted to Apple soon.

Apple warned today that it will shutter iTunes Connect during the holidays so employees can have some time off.

Apple ramps up efforts to remove old apps from the App Store

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You can remove stock apps in iOS 10, but you can't swap them.
Bad apps are getting booted from the App Store.
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The great App Store purge is finally underway.

Apple warned developers in September that it plans to remove apps from its store that don’t meet quality standards of being “functional and up-to-date.” According to a new report, the deadline to meet those standards has passed and thousands of crummy apps are now being removed.

Dan the Man, RPG Creator and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend all!
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Looking to get up to speed on the week’s hottest apps? We’ve got your back!

Whether you’re looking for a useful way to sign PDFs from your iPhone, a great beat-em-up, or even the chance to build your own RPG from the ground-up, we’re confident we’ll have something that will tickle your fancy.

Check out our picks below.