Apple has announced a handful of changes coming to the App Store in response to a class-action lawsuit from US developers. One of the most notable changes is that developers can now communicate with users about alternative payment solutions outside of their applications.
This class-action lawsuit was first filed in 2019. This is not the Epic vs Apple case, but rather a lawsuit brought against Apple from small developers. These changes to the App Store apply to all developers in the App Store in the United States and other countries.
Notably, Apple says that developers can “use communications, such as email, to share information about payment methods outside of their iOS App.” This means that a company or developer can email users, with their consent, to inform them about subscribing outside of the App Store.
- The first time you try to install an app or game from the new app store, you’ll have to allow it to install unknown apps, just as we did above.
- 1 day ago Apple will now let you directly report a scammy app from its listing in the App Store with a new-and-improved version of its 'Report a Problem' button. It now includes a dedicated 'Report a scam.
Apple has confirmed to 9to5Mac, however, that this change does not apply to in-app communication. Developers are still not allowed to inform users in-app about pricing or subscribing options available elsewhere. Theoretically, Netflix could have a field in its iOS app for users to enter their email address, then communicate with that user directly via email about payment options.
Other highlights from the settlement:
- Apple and the developers agreed to maintain the App Store Small Business program in its current structure for at least the next three years.
- App Store Search has always been about making it easy for users to find the apps they’re looking for. At the request of developers, Apple has agreed that its Search results will continue to be based on objective characteristics like downloads, star ratings, text relevance, and user behavior signals. The agreement will keep the current App Store Search system in place for at least the next three years.
- Apple will also expand the number of price points available to developers for subscriptions, in-app purchases, and paid apps from fewer than 100 to more than 500. Developers will continue to set their own prices.
- Apple will maintain the option for developers to appeal the rejection of an app based on perceived unfair treatment, a process that continues to prove successful. Apple has agreed to add content to the App Review website to help developers understand how the appeals process works.
- Over the last several years, Apple has provided a great deal of new information about the App Store on apple.com. Apple agreed to create an annual transparency report based on that data, which will share meaningful statistics about the app review process, including the number of apps rejected for different reasons, the number of customer and developer accounts deactivated, objective data regarding search queries and results, and the number of apps removed from the App Store.
One of the most notorious problems of the Mac App Store is when it displays the error message Cannot connect to the App Store. Apple's dedicated Mac App Store It was only a matter of time before Apple launched their own dedicated Mac App Store which duly arrived at the beginning of 2011. Of course, there has been the Apple download site for Mac apps for quite some time now but the Mac App Store is a much more dedicated and OS X integrated affair that makes browsing.
Small Developer Assistance Fund
Apple is also announcing a Small Developer Assistance Fund, which will pay out between $250 to $30,000 to developers making under $1 million per year in the App Store. The amounts will vary based on the developer’s “historic participation in the App Store ecosystem.” Only developers in the United States are eligible for this program.
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The Small Developer Assistance Fund created as part of the settlement will benefit over 99% of U.S. iOS developers, whose proceeds from app and in-app digital product sales through all associated accounts were less than $1 million per calendar year during the period from June 4, 2015 to Apr. 26, 2021. These developers can claim sums from the fund ranging between minimums of $250 to $30,000, based on their historic participation in the App Store ecosystem.
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From time to time, customers contact us about certain error messages they see when downloading our apps via the Mac App Store. Such error messages include “OmniFocus.app is damaged and can’t be opened. Delete OmniFocus.app and download it again from the App Store” or “This application can’t be verified.”
We’re always happy to assist as much as possible, but it’s important to understand that Mac App Store purchases and downloads are controlled exclusively by Apple. This means that we cannot directly fix or repair the damaged files which are causing these error messages.
Mac App Store Online
With that said, here are some steps we’ve found that can help work around these error messages. We recommend you carry them out in the order we’ve posted them here.
Delete the app from your Mac via the Launchpad app. (In our experience, deleting is more effective than merely dragging it to the Trash or by other methods.) Within the Launchpad, click and hold on the app icon, then click the black “X” icon that appears.
Log out of the App Store on your Mac (Menu Bar > > App Store, then Store > Sign Out).
Reboot your Mac.
Reopen the App Store, and log back in with your Apple ID (Store > Sign In).
Click your account name or photo at the bottom of the sidebar to see your past purchases. Click the Install cloud icon under the app name to reinstall. More information about redownloading past purchases can be found on Apple’s Support Site here.
If this doesn’t help, we’ve also heard reports that this issue can be solved by temporarily creating a new administrator user account on your Mac. Log into that administrator account to install the app, then switch back to your primary account to use it. You can remove the temporary account once that’s sorted out!
If you’re still encountering difficulty downloading from the Mac App Store, Apple’s support channel will have the most insight into their systems so we recommend contacting them directly.