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AppleInsider reports that App Store prices have risen in several territories around the world, primarily due to currency fluctuations.
First off we have the UK, where prices of apps and in-app purchases have increased by around 25%. This means that a Tier 1 app previously costing £0.79 will now cost £0.99. The price hike was first reported on by The Guardian, after Apple sent a note to App Store developers informing them of the price rise. The price rise, which is double the price hike imposed by Apple in January 2016 in the UK App Store, has been blamed on the effect that Brexit has had on the pound in the UK.
“Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business,” said Apple in a statement on the matter. “These factors vary from region to region and over time.”
Elsewhere, App Store prices in India have also risen thanks to a 14% service tax rate and new 0.5 percent fees that the Indian government introduced last December. Prices have also increased in Romania and Russia, with both of those increases said to be due to tax rate increases and new sales taxes.
Source: Apple App Store prices increase 25% in UK, as result of 'Brexit' exchange rate drop
It seems that Apple is intent on taking Apple Music in new and exciting directions, with MacRumors reporting today on a new interview from Complex with Apple Music executives Larry Jackson, Bozoma Saint John, and Zane Lowe in which they set out Apple Music’s ambitious expansion plans.
“Every day something is changing or moving or evolving for people who love music and entertainment,” said Lowe. “We’re all still working it out, and even when you don’t have the answer, it’s still a privilege to be in the conversation.”
Saint John added that Apple Music is a “living, breathing brand.” She went on to say that Apple is “developing something very special.”
And while the trio don’t mention any specific plans in the interview for Apple Music’s expansion into other areas of entertainment, clearly something big is on the cards, with other recent reports stating that Apple Music will soon be creating its own movies and TV shows in similar fashion to Netflix.
Sources: Apple's Bozoma Saint John on Apple Music: 'We're Developing Something Very Special'
Apple's Stream Team: Zane Lowe, Bozoma Saint John And Larry Jackson Are Taking Music To The Future
AppleInsider reports that Apple’s smartphone manufacturer rivals are so worried about Apple snapping up all the available OLED panelsfor the forthcoming iPhone 8 that they are all scrambling to secure their own supplies before stock gets short.
Sources in the Taiwanese supply industry have today told DigiTimes that because of the increased demand from both Apple and its rivals there is expected to be a shortage of OLED panels this year. In fact, many components aside from OLED panels are expected to be in short supply, including memory, LCDs, and optical sensors. This is apparently also due to increased demand from Chinese smartphone manufacturers such as Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo.
It’s thought that a general trend towards larger phones, with the average size now around 5.5-inches and even 5.7 inches, could be responsible for the increased demand for LCDs and OLED panels in 2017.
As far as Apple’s forthcoming iPhone range is concerned, it is widely rumoured that it will be releasing three new iPhones, two of which will have the usual iPhone LCDs, with the third, the flagship model, having a curved OLED display.
Source: Apple's 'iPhone 8' prompts rival smartphone makers to clamber for OLED supplies
9to5 Mac reports that a new Star Wars iOS game has arrived in the App Store, Star Wars: Force Arena. The free-to-play PvP game plays very similarly to other MOBA-type mobile games, writes 9to5 Mac.
You get to control a “powerful team of iconic Star Wars characters” as well as new characters from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. You primarily control the game’s hero, as well as using a card deck to build your squad before heading into real-time PvP battles with other players.
You can either play solo, or invite your friends to join you in Guild mode as you attempt to defend your faction.
The game features more than 80 upgradeable characters, plus factions and deck customization including “powerful duos” such as Han Solo and Chewbacca, who together have unique advantages to bring to the fray.
Apple has already pinpointed this as one of its “New Games We Love” in the App Store, so what are you waiting for?!
Click here to download for free: Star Wars™: Force Arena on the App Store
Source: The new free-to-play PvP Star Wars Force Arena is available for download today on the App Store
AppleInsider reports that according to The Korea Herald, Apple is planning to make the next iPhone even more water and dust resistant than the iPhone 7, bringing it up to the standard of an IP68 rating.
The improvements should mean that the phone will be able to remain submerged at 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) for 30 minutes. With the iPhone 7’s current IP67 rating it can only remain submerged at 1 meter (3.28 feet) for the same length of time.
While this might not seem like much of a difference, IP68 is clearly a very high standard, as currently only the Samsung Galaxy S7 has that rating. All other water-resistant smartphones have the same IP67 rating as the current iPhone 7, which was the first iPhone to be officially certified as water-resistant.
It is thought that both Apple and Samsung are using waterproof tapes rather than waterproof adhesive, as the former is simpler to repair.
Picture from iTwe4kz on YouTube
Source: Apple's 'iPhone 8' to gain tougher IP68 water and dust resistance - report
According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal, via MacRumors, Apple is currently working on launching new original, scripted TV shows, and maybe even movies, which would be available via Apple Music. It has already started this in a small way with Carpool Karaoke and Vital Signs.
Apple executives have informed Hollywood executives that this new original content will be available before the end of the year. They compared the content to programs such as HBO’s Westworld and Netflix’s Stranger Things. And while they will be available to watch on Apple Music, they “don’t have any particular relation to music.”
Rumours of Apple wanting to create its own original TV content have been around since last year, and Apple hopes to use such content to help it to get ahead of its music content rival Spotify, rather than streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, which would involve an investment of possibly billions of dollars in order to directly compete with those giants.
Source: Apple Plans to Launch Original TV Shows Comparable to 'Westworld' and 'Stranger Things' By End of 2017
According to Asymco analyst Horace Dediu, via 9to5 Mac, Apple looks set to become the first trillion-dollar company by the end of this year, thanks to revenue generated by iOS.
Dedu says that having sold at least 1.2 billion iPhone units since it was first launched 10 years ago, it is the “most successful product of all time,” with its success leading to the creation of other massively popular devices such as the iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.
Dediu goes on to say that if his current predictions prove to be accurate, revenue from the sale of iOS products will reach $980 billion by the middle of 2017. Add to that the more than $100 billion in service sector sales from products such as apps, subscriptions, and media, that should ensure that Apple crosses the $1 trillion mark sometime in 2017.
Dediu says that Apple’s ecosystem is one of the factors that helps the company to retain its loyal customer base.
Source: Apple on track to hit $1 trillion in total revenue from iOS by the middle of this year
The mobile version of Edmund McMillen’s dual-stick randomly generated action-RPG Rogue-like shooter The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has been a long time coming, and even attracted some controversy along the way, but now it has finally arrived in the App Store, writes Touch Arcade.
The game, which McMillen has previously called “the weirdest thing I ever made,” was actually rejected many times by Apple because of the violent content when publisher Nicalis first submitted it to the App Store but now it has finally been approved without any changes made whatsoever, according to a tweet by McMillen.
The game’s storyline sees Isaac trying to escape from his mother who wants to sacrifice him, and it’s up to you to help him find his way out of his basement, tackling enemies along the way, and saving bizarre treasures that imbue Isaac with superhuman abilities.
This latest version features an all-new game engine, all-new hand-drawn pixel-style artwork, and an all-new soundtrack and audio, as well as many other enhancements courtesy of McMillen himself.
Click here to download for $14.99: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth on the App Store
Sources: iTunes, 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' is Now Available on the App Store
Rejected by Apple a year ago, 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' accepted into App Store with no changes
Kantar has some great data for Apple today, according to 9to5 Mac, reporting on figures that show that the iPhone’s US market grew by 6.4% year-on-year in the 3 months up until November in 2016. Kantar’s figures show that Apple made gains in seven out of the nine main markets that Kantar monitors.
The only two markets where Apple saw a fall in market share were China and Germany. However, Apple can be consoled by the fact that the iPhone 7 is now the best-selling device in Urban China, overtaking Oppo’s R9.
Source: iPhone market share grows 6.4% in USA, takes share from Android in most markets
Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced that it is bringing a new 3-D Action-RPG One Piece game to iOS this winter, entitled One Piece Thousand Storm. You can click here to pre-register for the game: 「ONE PIECE THOUSAND STORM」 Pre-registration campaign｜BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
There are several pre-registration bonuses gifts for those who register before the game is released, including three berry cards and five rainbow coins when 50,000 users pre-register, and three character medals for Trafalgar Law (2 years ago) with five rainbow coins when 100,000 users pre-register. More goals will be unlocked the more people pre-register.
In the game, players undertake exhilarating quests as they hunt for loot, using their special skills in timed events, and engaging in epic multiplayer real-time battles with up to three friends.
Fans of the anime series will also get to develop their favourite characters with special scene cards from the anime storyline.
Even better, all your favourite Straw Hat Pirates from the “2 Years Ago” and “New World” story arcs are featured in the game.
Source: Bandai Namco
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