Quiet week in Apple news.
Apple Offers Refund for In App Purchase
Apple has started reaching out to customers where minors made IAP and offering refunds.
Dear iTunes account owner,
Apple is committed to providing parents and kids with a great experience on the App Store. We review all app content before allowing it on our store, provide a wide range of age-appropriate content, and include parental controls in iOS to make it easy for parents to restrict or disable access to content.
We’ve heard from some customers that it was too easy for their kids to make in-app purchases. As a result, we’ve improved controls for parents so they can better manage their children’s purchases, or restrict them entirely. Additionally, we are offering refunds in certain cases.
Please follow the steps to submit a refund request:
Find your in-app purchase records. Check your email for iTunes receipts or use a computer to sign in to your iTunes account and view your Purchase History.
Use this link to submit your refund quest to Apple.
Provide the requested information and enter “Refund for in-App Purchases made by a minor” in the Details section.
Apple will review your request and contact you via email about your refund status. All refund requests must be submitted no later than April 15, 2015.
Apple has been pushing the awareness of how IAP works recently. I am happy to see Apple offering the refunds but parents need to be more diligent with devices they hand over to children.
Apple Testing "Related" AppStore Search
"The new menu, a scrollable bar with suggestions for searches related to the current search, allows users to discover more apps in search by tapping on suggestions, receiving a fresh set of results. Multiple suggestions can be selected in a single session: searching for “indie games”, for instance, displays suggestions for “action games”, which include “action RPG” into their own suggestions. The new suggestion bar doesn’t alter the way search results are displayed – Apple is still using a cards layout on the iPhone – and, for now, the feature doesn’t appear to be available on the App Store for iPad and desktop computers"
AppStore searching has always been hit or miss. Improved search is welcomed. Search the store for "twitter" and you will get a few twitter clients and a tone of apps that offer the ability to tweet. I don't know about you but that is not the reason I would search the AppStore for twitter.
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Apple to Release Retina MacBook Air Soon?
"However, other Taiwan-based supply chain makers hold the opinion that 2014 MacBook shipments estimates may not be accurate because Apple will launch new models in the second half of 2014. Apple will reportedly launch a MacBook Air with Retina display, the makers said.."
A Retina Air makes sense. The Air, iMac and the 13in. MacBook Pro are the only devices without a Retina display. A few weeks ago there was a rumor that Apple was going to kill off the 13in. MacBook Pro. Time will tell.
Apple's Newest Patent: Oleophobic Coating On Sapphire
This patent strengthens the rumor that the next iPhone will have a sapphire display.
"A component comprises a substrate having an alumina base layer, a transition layer, and a surface coating. The transition layer comprises alumina and silica, and the surface coating preferentially bonds to the silica as compared to the alumina."
Apple's Other newest Patent: Cover For Electronic Device
This one comes via Patently Apple:
"Apple's patent relates to a new smart cover for the iPad comprising of a cover having an interior surface that attaches to a rear surface of the iPad and to the rear surface of a keyboard that is in communication with the iPad."
The cover would be similar to the Surface cover that has a keyboard built in. Third party manufactures have been working on this for a while. It makes sense that Apple works on it too. Be mindful that not everything Apple patents gets shipped.
Next iPhone Coming In September
A new report out of Asia claims (Along with multiple reports from other outlets) the next generation iPhone will come in 4.7in. & 5.5in. and will launch in September.
"Manufacturers have apparently begun making such components as fingerprint sensors and chips for liquid-crystal drivers… Mass production of LCD panels will start as early as the April-June quarter at Sharp’s Kameyama factory, Japan Display’s Mobara plant, and at other facilities, according to sources. LG Electronics will supply panels as well. The new handset’s display resolution is expected to be significantly higher than that of current models."
WWDC to be Announced on April 23?
"In 10 of the past 11 years, WWDC has been held in early June. In 2012 and 2013, Apple selected the fourth Wednesday in April to make the WWDC announcement.
The bottom line: Expect the WWDC announcement on April 23. This year’s five-day conference is likely to begin on Monday, June 9."
Bring on iOS 8 and hopefully some new products.
Thats all for the week folks. I told you it was a quiet one. Hopefully next week will be better.