Apple Rises App Store Prices in UK, India and Turkey


Apple rise app store prices, £0.99p might look similar to $0.99 but in actual fact, it represents a 25% increase in price in relation to the previous currency conversion at £0.79p. At the time of writing $1 trades for 82p. This price increase also applies to in-app purchases but not to subscription charges.

We have to bear in mind that in the UK our rate of VAT is 20% and this price is included, of course in the app store retail advertised prices. In the US, tax works slightly differently and sale taxes are not included in the advertised prices but are added at the point of sale.

In India the base price of a $0.99 app will now reach 80 rupees, this represents a 33% increase.  In Turkey the prices is up to 3.49 lira from 2.69, representing an increase of 30%.

In the UK we have a weakened pound and this price increase is in many ways a reflection of that.

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – Up Against the Wall: Graffiti Me and Fotoffiti


We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look two apps, Graffiti Me and Fotofiffi. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).

"There are thousands of photography/art apps on the App Store, and some of them are extreme specialised. That’s the case with the two apps I’ll be covering this time: Graffiti Me by Bluebear Technologies Ltd and Fotoffiti by amioli. Each take your image, run a Threshold filter on it, and apply it to a wall as if you’ve stenciled it there. Each allow you to add extra paint and text. Each also run on both the iPhone and the iPad, but limit the iPad version to portrait orientation. And each will cost you about a dollar, if you don’t get them free on their frequent promotions.

Let’s start with a look at Graffiti Me".

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Survival in The App Store – An Insight into a Mobile Photographer App Developers Struggles


This is a very interesting read for those who are not fully aware of the highs and lows of app development. Casey Newton of The Verge has published this very honest account of app developer, Pixite, one that we are all very familar with here at TheAppWhisperer, as they are the developers of eight photo editing apps, including Assembly, Fragment, Matter, LoryStripes and more.

Please go here to read the post in full.

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App Store Rings in 2015 with New Records


Apple today announced that the first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. These milestones follow a record-breaking 2014, in which billings rose 50 per cent and apps generated over $10 billion in revenue for developers. To date, App Store developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion from the sale of apps and games. The introduction of iOS 8, the most significant iOS update ever, gave developers the ability to create amazing new apps and offers innovative features which proved wildly popular with App Store customers around the world.

“This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion.”

During the holiday season App Store customers helped make history with their support of Apps for (RED), a special initiative on the store with exclusive content where all proceeds went to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Apple donated a record-shattering $20 million this quarter, and since partnering with (RED) has donated over $100 million.

Developers of all sizes, across the App Store’s 24 categories, create incredible apps for iOS, and an especially inspired segment is the newest generation of independent game creators, including the UK’s ustwo, maker of the fantastic game Monument Valley; Australia’s Hipster Whale, creator of the clever and intuitive game Crossy Road; and US developer Sirvo, inventor of Threes!, a puzzle game that was named the App Store’s Game of the Year on iPhone.

“We could never have dreamed of this level of success, with Crossy Road only being available on the App Store for the last six weeks of the year,” said Matthew Hall, co-founder of Hipster Whale. “In a couple of months we were able to create a simple, fun game that was featured on the App Store and climbed to the top of the App Store charts around the world—it’s amazing.”

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Apple App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads with Almost Half in 2012


Apple today announced that customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone. The App Store has over 500 million active accounts and had a record-breaking December with over two billion downloads during the month. … Read more

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