Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch, on Apple's previously announced App Store cleanup:
Earlier this year, Apple promised it would clean up its iOS App Store by removing outdated, abandoned apps, including those that no longer meet current guidelines or don’t function as intended. That great App Store purge now appears to be underway, according to new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The company found that app removals increased by 238 percent in October 2016, with mobile games seeing the most deletions.
That seems to have changed in October, when 47,300 apps were removed from the App Store, Sensor Tower discovered.
And while it’s true that Apple does delete apps on a regular basis, this figure is around 3.4 times higher than the monthly average of 14,000 for the months of January through September. (See chart below).
I long wondered if Apple would provide alternative ways for developers to preserve their old games for posterity. The answer, sadly, is much simpler: if you don't update your app, it'll be removed. I'm afraid we're going to lose some historic App Store titles because of this, but I also see why it's good for the average customer and the right thing to do at this point.
With a press release issued this morning, Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Run – the company's first Mario game for iOS devices revealed at Apple's September event – will be released in one month, on December 15.
From the press release:
The first-ever mobile game featuring the most iconic video game hero of all time goes on sale for iPhone and iPad on Dec. 15 in United States time zones. Super Mario Run can be downloaded from the App Store at no cost, and players can try elements of the game’s three modes for free.
“The wait is almost over for a Super Mario game that can be played on mobile devices,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Developed under the direction of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto,Super Mario Run brings a new take on the series’ beloved action-platforming gameplay to iPhone and iPad for the first time.”
Super Mario Run will be available in 151 countries next month, and it'll be a free download from the App Store. A single $9.99 In-App Purchase will unlock all three game modes, which we previously detailed in our overview of Super Mario Run.
Super Mario Run will be modeled after the tradition of "endless runner" games for iOS that can be controlled with one hand by tapping on the screen to make Mario jump.
Update: You can watch a new gameplay video of Super Mario Run below.
Secrets is a simple, secure password manager for Mac and iOS. With version 2.0 released this week, the app is adopting a freemium model so you can try it for free on all your devices.
Secrets lets you securely store confidential information such as passwords and bank details. The app leverages industry-standard encryption algorithms to provide secure storage, plus macOS and iOS native features to automatically fill logins on webpages. Thanks to an action extension for iOS, you'll be able to log into your favorite sites directly from Safari. The app can also generate one-time passwords for services that support two-factor authentication.
At the same time, Secrets has a clean and beautiful user interface that is easy to use and functional. Logins are displayed with rich icons, which are also synced across all your devices with iCloud.
With version 2.0, Secrets is now based on a freemium model: the app is free to download and use with up to 10 items; with a $9.99 In-App Purchase ($19.99 on macOS), you'll unlock unlimited items and iCloud sync.
Secrets 2.0 is available on the App Store for iOS and macOS.
Our thanks to Secrets for sponsoring MacStories this week.
This week Fraser and Federico continue the Workflow series with a look at how to use Variables and Workflow's built-in actions.
On the second episode of Canvas' Workflow series, we cover one of the key features of the app, variables, which are key to building workflows. In the second half of the show, we talk about Workflow's built-in actions and some of its system integrations.
If you haven't listened to the first episode of the series yet, you'll want to go back and start from there.
- Workflow - The Basics
- Workflow - Variables and Built-in Actions
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Since getting a 12.9-inch iPad Pro last year, I've had a fairly troubled relationship with external iPad keyboards. I didn't like the original Logitech CREATE keyboard case, so, surprised by the lack of notable Smart Connector-based accessories, I ended up using an Apple Magic Keyboard for the majority of 2016.
Myke is back to talk about dongles. Stephen has opinions about the Mac Pro. Federico is trying a new notes app.
More than you ever wanted to know about dongles and terrifying Alexa experiments on this week's Connected. Also, we talk about Bear and the business of indie apps towards the end of the show. You can listen here.
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Shahid establishes the current landscape of game development hardware, in the light of Apple's recent Mac announcements.
On what could easily become a mini-series on Remaster, Shahid did a terrific job in starting to explain how game developers use hardware for their craft and the history of videogame-making tools. I was on the show, but I'll have to listen again – it's a unique episode.
After introducing emoji reactions last year, our own Slack team saw a dip in the total number of messages sent. With hundreds of members communicating across a couple thousand channels, it was a welcome change. Before emoji reactions, messages begot more messages: replies, questions, acknowledgment. In a word, noise.
Fascinating look at how Slack is using emoji inside the company. It's sort of amazing how versatile emoji can be when used in work communications with a bit of creativity. I'm also going to implement this idea for our own Slack:
Speaking of 18F, check out their blog post about using emoji reactions for knowledge management. They tag all “evergreen” content found in channels with
:evergreen_tree:, and use a search query like the one mentioned above to find new messages worth codifying in their handbooks. At Slack, we do something similar, where anyone can tag a message with
:notebook: to indicate it might be worth adding to the company’s internal documentation.