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Top iPhone apps still pull in vastly more money than Android‘s best sellers


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The Apple App Store brings in much more revenue than its Android rival.
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The 100 biggest software developers on the Apple App Store took in a whopping 64 percent more than the highest-earning Android app makers during the first the first three months of this year.

And the iPhone devs saw a 12 percent average year-over-year increase in revenue during Q1, according to a market research firm.

iOS devs sue Apple over ‘profit-killing‘ App Store fees


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Fees Apple charges iOS developers to appear in the App Store are the focus of a new lawsuit.
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A law firm is looking for iOS developers to join a class-action suit against Apple for the way it runs the App Store. The lawyers accuse the company of “anticompetitive practices.”

One of their goals is to open up distribution of iPhone and iPad apps, which currently can only be downloaded through Apple. The lawsuit also wants a decrease in the commissions devs must pay.

All Apple’s app stores are partially down [Updated]


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An ongoing problem mans you might not be able to complete your purchase on any of Apple’s software stores.
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The official System Status page for all Apple’s services  shows that three of the most important ones are having problems The iOS App Store, the Mac App Store and the iTunes Store are all affected.

Update: Full service has been restored.

Apple offers 10% bonus on cash added to your Apple ID


Apple will add to the funds you put in your Apple ID account this week.
Apple will add to the funds you put in your Apple ID account this week.
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For the rest of this week, Apple will chip in an extra 10 percent to funds added to App Store accounts. This is essentially free money for those willing to commit some cash to buying apps or other services at some point in the future.

YouTube TV costs App Store subscribers extra


YouTube TV has new content but also a higher price. Especially for those who subscribe through the App Store.
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The monthly YouTube TV subscription fee is going up to $49.99. And it will be even higher for those who pay for this streaming video service via the Apple App Store.

This is apparently YouTube’s way of partially offsetting the cut Apple takes from all subscription fees. And it’s something other companies might emulate.

App Store downloads fall, but revenues still rise


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Fewer iOS apps were downloaded from the App Store last quarter. But the money is still pouring in.
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The number of downloads from Apple’s iOS App Store declined slightly last quarter, according to a report from market analysis firm Morgan Stanley.

However, revenue from iOS software is increasing, up 15 percent year-over-year.

Sen. Warren targets App Store in bid to break up Apple


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The App Store should be a separate company, according to a high-profile presidential candidate.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for U.S. president has taken a hard line against big tech, and she has Apple in her sights. On Friday she proposed breaking up a number of large tech firms, and the iPhone-maker made the list.

Now she’s shared more details on why she thinks dividing Apple into at least two parts is necessary.

App Store spending hit all-time high in 2018


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iPhone users spent much more in the App Store last year, on a wide variety of apps.
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iPhone users in the US spent, on average, $79 last year on software. That’s up 36 percent from 2017, according to figures from a market analysts firm. Spending on premium apps and in-app purchases has more than doubled since 2015.

Of the 2018 total, $44 was spent just on games, a 22 percent increase year-over-year.

Apple’s App Store sets record: takes in $1.22 billion in a week


The App Store had a great Q4, including its best week ever.
The App Store had a great Q4, including its biggest week ever.
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The Apple App Store had its best week ever between between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. And New Year’s Day was the best single day of sales ever.

This is just the kind of news the company needs, as Pres. Trump’s trade war with China is hurting iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales in that country.