Apple offered a progress report yesterday on the state of the App Store – and to say that Apple’s app market delivered impressive results would be quite the understatement. According to Apple, the App Store has now seen over 45 billion total app downloads – that’s over 700 million app downloads per day, and over 800 downloads every single second.
Everyone is a photographer, with their smart phones and digital cameras, even music players and tablets take pictures nowadays – so it’s no wonder that there is a new craze surrounding photo apps that allow for the most basic options, like cropping, all the way to complex options like the removal of imperfections, or even people. Inpaint Pro is a desktop application that allows users to transform imperfect photos into perfection.
Apple has just released a significant update to their Apple Store iOS app, adding push notifications to let users know when they are eligible for a discount iPhone upgrade, as well as push notifications for order shipment and delivery. The notifications are a nice unexpected touch that should bring some nice user functionality for the app.
In what is seemingly a very recent change, Apple is now limiting the types of characters developers can include in their app descriptions on the App Store. Banned characters include emojis, checkmarks and speech bubbles.
You might have seen that Yahoo spent millions to buy the app of English teenager Nick D’Aloisio, Summly. The two have now been combined in the latest Yahoo News app update, which also includes redesigned article pages and personalized stories.
Netflix has released version 4.0 of its popular iOS app. The updated app has redesigned controls for episode selection, new controls for audio and subtitles, and of course, the ever popular “bug fixes.”
A restaurant chain in the UK has taken advantage of the Passbook feature in iOS 6 to draw customers into its eateries.
Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year. These apps will help you live a more environmentally responsible way of life, and you just may learn something too.
Time Warner Cable has added a live “out-of-home” programming feature to its iOS TWC TV app, removing limitations that required a user to view such content from a Wi-Fi network associated with a Time Warner cable subscription.
Evernote has released a significant update for both the Mac and iOS versions of Skitch – a popular image annotation app which they purchased late last year. The update adds a number of new features, including support for PDF annotation, and a new Stamps feature, allowing users to add one-word reactions to images and notes, such as “Yes!,” “No!,” and “Tell me more”.
We’ve gotten our hands on 5 copies of Words for Mac to give away – the ultimate “read later” client for OS X, complete with a beautiful minimal interface, and support for Instapaper, Pocket, and Readability! Words would normally set you back $5.99, but we’re giving away 5 copies today for free!
Right in line with reports from earlier this week, Twitter this morning officially launched their new #Music service, along with a free iPhone app and web interface. The new service integrated with iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio, and recommends music based on Twitter friends, as well as accounts that you follow in your time line.
Version 6.0 of LinkedIn’s iPhone app was released today, featuring a brand new design, as well as personalized navigation and interaction throughout the app. Images are bigger, everything flows better – it’s a significant update.
Apple has released a significant pair of updates for their popular photo management and editing apps, iPhoto and Aperture. The update brings new features to iCloud’s Photo Stream feature, including making it easier to delete photos from your Photo Stream, and exporting Photo Stream photos directly from each app’s File menu.
TechCrunch reports that Amazon has purchased Evi, the natural language search platform that performs similar to Apple’s Siri personal assistant, for $26 million.
App Annie has released its latest information on mobile app downloads, and finds that while the Google Play marketplace nearly matches Apple’s App Store in the number of downloads, it is still lagging far behind in revenue. It seems iOS device users in general remain much more willing to pay for content than Android users.