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.

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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.”

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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.

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Camera+ for iPhone has today been updated to version 8.0 that introduces some really fantastic features to the already great camera app.

Slow Shutter — This feature allows you to shoot photos with effective shutter speeds as long as 30 seconds, as long as you’re shooting in the manual mode. You need a newer iPhone for this, as it doesn’t support phones like the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5c.

Ultra-low ISO — With this feature, you can set extremely low ISO values for your photos, which is great especially if you are using the above mentioned Slow-shutter feature. With this, you don’t have to worry about overexposed photos any more.

Action Extension — A bit late to the party, but Camera+ now offers an Action Extension in the iOS share sheet so you can send photos from any app directly into Camera+. Quite nifty.

New Import Options — Camera+ now offers a bunch of different ways in which you can import photos into your Lightbox, including a fancy Today widget in the Notification Center.

This is a Free update to existing users and Camera+ is available for $2.99 on the App Store.

Ipsum — A Journaling App with a Chat-like Interface

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Ipsum is a just released journaling app for iPhone built by Sam Ghobril, who’s previously released apps like Mingle — a gesture based contacts app and Shelf — a simple app to keep track of books you’re reading. Continuing with the trend, Ipsum is Sam’s third iPhone app that strips down to the bare minimum so that focus is always on what you want to add to your journal.

In fact, Ipsum doesn’t even feel like a Journaling app. It looks and works like a chat app, although it feels like you’re talking to a wall. You simply go on typing as if you’re chatting with someone, and Ipsum will store those entries for you.

It’s an interesting idea, but Ipsum is a little too minimum. For starters, there’s no way to search or filter something yet, so anything and everything you type is lost in the sea of messages you type in the app. There’s also no way of customizing Ipsum, there’s not even a Settings or Info screen in the app.

If you find the idea intriguing, you can grab Ipsum for $1.99 on the App Store.

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.

Dropbox today has shared some very technical details about its upcoming Project Infinite that it announced last month. The company that crossed 500 Million users will be introduced Project Infinite as a way to store virtually unlimited content on your Dropbox account, without it taking up space on your local machine.

Detailing the tech behind the project, Dropbox’s Damien DeVille writes:

Traditionally, Dropbox operated entirely in user space as a program just like any other on your machine. With Dropbox Infinite, we’re going deeper: into the kernel—the core of the operating system. With Project Infinite, Dropbox is evolving from a process that passively watches what happens on your local disk to one that actively plays a role in your filesystem. We have invested the better part of two years making all the pieces fit together seamlessly. This post is a glimpse into our journey.

The project seemed really interesting when it was announced, but I’m not sure I’m letting Dropbox anywhere near my kernel.

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.

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The talented folks at Bloop have today released Airmail 3 for Mac, a big release to the stellar and extensively customizable mail app for Mac. I recently moved away from Microsoft’s Outlook app for iPhone and iPad for my email needs to Airmail, simply because I wanted a standard, unified experience on iOS and Mac. Airmail has splendid apps for both iOS and Mac and today’s release brings the latest features from the iOS app to the Mac. Here’s a long list of what’s new in this release:

New – Smart Folders
New – Vip
New – Vip notifications
New – Actions
New – Send Later (Gmail and Exchange)
New – Customizable Menu
New – Customizable Gestures
New – Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts
New – Customizable Folders
New – Calendar integration (apply to new permissions)
New – Fuzzy Label, Move to
New – Online Search
New – Message Rendering Engine
New – Action Space Key to scroll
New – Action Unsubscribe
New – Rules Export/Import
New – iCloud Rules sync
New – iCloud VIP sync
New – iCloud Smart Folders sync
New – Forward messages in Rules
New – Sort Messages By Account
New – Recipients detected from previously sent messages
New – Integration Asana
New – Integration Trello
New – Gmail (Primary Inbox support)
New – Redesigned threads
New – Reply To Field

Improved – Sending with VPN (Gmail)
Improved – Quick Reply
Improved – Composer Attachments
Improved – Thread rendering
Improved – Respect Silent Notification
Improved – Starred on threads
Improved – GAL now support groups
Improved – Contacts

Fixed – Autocorrect on Subject
Fixed – Gmail multiple Login Windows
Fixed – Sporadic Half rendering Messages
Fixed – Links messages

Airmail 3 is a Free Upgrade to existing users and is available for $9.99 on the Mac App Store.

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Spotify, the popular music streaming service and Apple Music’s direct competitor has today announced new pricing for their Family Plan. Starting today, Spotify’s Family Plan will be available at $14.99 a month (similar to Apple Music’s pricing) and will now include six total users instead of five.

Just in time for summer, we’re happy to share that starting today, Spotify Family Plan now provides families with up to six individual Spotify Premium accounts for only $14.99 a month (or local pricing).
Already on the Family Plan? Don’t worry, you still get everything you’ve come to love! Your Family Plan still includes separate accounts, your own playlists, personal recommendations and offline listening, but now at a better price, updated from your next payment date, and the ability to add even more family members to the same plan.

You can sign up for this pricing model right away.

Weirdly enough, this new pricing has been rolled out across all the countries where Spotify is available, except Canada.