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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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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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Tumblr back in App Store after banning all porn

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The Tumblr iOS app currently can’t be installed.
Tumblr is back as its NSFW content is in the process of being removed.
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Tumblr’s exile from the iOS App Store is over, but the company behind it had to kick all forms of pornography off the platform to be allowed to return.

While that decision is controversial, it did mean that this blogging app can be again be downloaded to iPhone and iPad. 

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The Chinese market is very important to Apple.
The Chinese market is very important to Apple.
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The Tumblr iOS app currently can’t be installed.
The Tumblr iOS app currently can’t be installed.
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Microsoft Word is one of thousands of titles available only through app subscription fees.
Microsoft Word is one of thousands of titles available only through app subscription fees.
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This plastic model of Steve Jobs has a better vision of the future of smartphones than many rival CEOs.
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Apple App Store revenue almost double that of Google Play

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Apple's redesign of the App Store with iOS 11 probably helped increase software downloads and revenue.
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In the battle of the mobile software stores, Apple has a huge lead. Consumers spending in the iOS App Store during the first half of this year was almost double that of rival Google Play.

But there’s good news for both companies, as each experienced solid year-over-year growth. 

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Microsoft Word is one of thousands of titles available only through app subscription fees.
Microsoft Word is one of thousands of titles available only through app subscription fees.
Photo: Microsoft