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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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.

Apple partners with Deloitte to push iPad into enterprise

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Tim Cook and Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen roll out a new partnership to boost business use of iPhone and iPad.
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Apple revealed that it is making a deeper push into enterprise today with the help of the business consulting firm Deloitte.

The partnership between the two companies will lead to the creation of Deloitte’s first-ever “Apple practice.” Deloitte’s new Apple team will be comprised of over 5,000 iOS specialists who will analyze businesses and advise them on the best way to integrate iPhone and iPad into their work environments.

Aetna is going all-in on Apple for help with health care

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Your insurance company might subsidize your Apple Watch.
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Aetna, one of the largest U.S. health insurance providers, revealed today that it will subsidize a major portion of Apple Watch costs for customers as part of a new initiative.

The company will combine its own wellness and care-management programs with the power of iPhone and Apple Watch to create new iOS apps that it says should significantly improve customers’ ability to manage their own health.

How to add, delete and rearrange apps in the new Apple Watch dock

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The new Dock is one of watchOS 3's best features.
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Apple Watch is getting a UI makeover with watchOS 3 which completely changes how you interact with apps, making them faster and easier to access thanks to the all new Dock feature.

Now when wearers press the side button on Apple Watch, instead of bringing up your favorite contacts, the watch brings up the dock providing a quick view of your favorite apps that are now updated immediately, so you spend less time staring at the spinning wheel.

Here’s how to make the most of the new Apple Watch dock: