I _love_ Google Photos and the simplicity of it. Let’s hope Apple doesn’t choose to go with 16GB base models for the upcoming iPhone 7.

VSCO Discontinues its Sync Feature

VSCO has today announced that it will be discontinuing the popular Sync feature in the app that allows you to sync photos across multiple devices. Thank you for being a part of the VSCO community. … Read more →

Evernote Announces Changes to its Pricing Plans; Limits Free Plan to 2 Devices

Evernote has today announced some major changes to its pricing plans for its customers. The company has raised the costs of its Plus and Premium plans, while adding restrictions to its Free plan. Announcing the … Read more →

Netflix for iOS has just been updated to Version 8.7.0 on the App Store, which adds one much requested feature — Picture in Picture (PIP) for iOS 9. All compatible iPads running iOS 9.3.2 or later will be able to watch Netflix in a small window.

This release also includes Stability Improvements and Bug Fixes.

Netflix is available for Free on the App Store.

Pythonista 3 for iOS is Now Available on the App Store

Pythonista has been one of the most striking iOS apps available on the App Store in recent times. It is an incredibly powerful app that offers a complete Python scripting environment for you to work … Read more →

A mere 5 days before the start of WWDC 2016, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, sat down for an interview with a few media outlets to talk about some major changes coming to the App Store. The upcoming changes would essentially be changing a lot of things about the App Store as we know it, in favor of the developers. More importantly, the changes announced are very likely to change the app economics.

Lauren Goode, reporting for The Verge, writes:

[…] Apple would soon alter its revenue-sharing model for apps. While the well-known 70 / 30 split will remain, developers who are able to maintain a subscription with a customer longer than a year will see Apple’s cut drop down to 15 percent. The option to sell subscriptions will also be available to all developers instead of just a few kinds of apps.

And:

Apple is also going to start showing search ads for apps in its iOS App Store search results for the first time, something the company had previously resisted. “We’ve thought about how to carefully do it in a way that, first and foremost, customers will be happy with,” Schiller says, adding that he believes the ad auction system in App Store search will be “fair to developers, and fair for indie developers, too.”

Additionally:

Finally, Schiller says that the App Store has been speeding up app review times — to the point where 50 percent of submitted apps are now reviewed in 24 hours, and 90 percent are reviewed within 48 hours.

It’s interesting that Apple decided to talk to the media five days before the WWDC. We’re not even more excited to know what they have in store for the actual keynote and in the sessions that follow.

Twitterrific — one of the oldest and most popular 3rd-party Twitter clients was today updated to Version 5.14.4 that introduces a major change in the app, one that’s aimed at ensuring its continued development. The Iconfactory has introduced what they’re calling the ‘Ollie’s Tip Jar’ — a way for users to donate money towards its development. Talking about the change on the company blog, Gedeon Maheux writes:

Since it’s launch in December of 2012, Twitterrific has been updated over 40 times – all for free. Rather than stopping development on Twitterrific version 5 and launching an all-new paid version 6, we’ve decided to include the Tip Jar in the hopes that users who enjoy and love the app will give generously so we can continue to provide updates.

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There are five levels of tips available ranging from Chickadee (99¢) all the way up to Peacock ($19.99). Once you donate, the jar removes itself from the app’s sidebar for 30 days and then returns, quietly waiting for your spontaneous generosity at some point in the future.

This isn’t the only change in this version though. The timelines in the app now have a nifty search field at the top to filter tweets or terms, and there are other bug fixes and improvements to VoiceOver and Notification Center features.

Twitterrific 5.x is available Free on the App Store with an IAP that unlocks advanced features for just $4.99.

Twitterrific is one of the crispiest iOS apps out there and has had some phenomenal design and dev talent behind it.

The official WordPress app for iOS has been updated to Version 6.2 that introduces the following features and changes, along with the usual bug fixes:

  • Share Extension — You can now post content directly from other apps into WordPress.
  • Images — You can now copy and paste images into the Editor.
  • Error Handling — Self-hosted users now see improved error messages

WordPress for iOS is available for Free on the App Store.