I've been on vacation for three weeks and I'm back at work as an indie iOS developer. While off the scene, a few interesting things happened. Here are a few.
On the App Store front
- Discovered this new developer blog: iOS Development Goodies: very cool discoveries and notes related to iOS development;
- Apple introduced three new App Status indicators (must be registered developer to follow the link) in iTunes Connect: Prepare for Upload, Pending Developer Release and Processing for App Store. Very nice!
- Apple introduced a way to control when our application actually goes live on the App Store (must be registered developer to follow the link) following Apple's approval;
- Apple introduced the App Store Volume Purchase Program (must be registered developer to follow the link) which allows education institutions in the US to purchase an application in big quantities with a discount. This one is cool as it may be the first sign that Apple could also allow application bundles to be sold.
- Apple now only support the use of the Application Loader 1.3 in order to submit the application binary instead of using the iTunes Connect upload mechanism. This should help reduce some kind of errors up front to the developers like bad binary format, etc.
The approval process seems to be slower on all front right now.
Finally, look for a blog post regarding a new idea for the App Store that Apple should really look in more details and implement. Stay tuned.
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