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Apple this week unlocked new tools that allow iPhone developers and publishers to pre-set the release date of their applications and schedule price changes.

The new features appeared in the web-based iTunesConnect interface that application publishers -- and all other iTunes media partners -- use to submit and manage their offerings on the iTunes Store.

More specifically, the additions let publisher pre-schedule a release date for their new and updated applications, in addition to scheduling a series of price changes for those apps that will go into effect automatically on their target dates.

As can be seen in the screenshot below, a publisher can choose to release an app on March 4th under pricing tier 1 ($0.99) and pre-schedule the price to rise to tier 2 ($1.99) two weeks later. Successive price changes could also be scheduled in the interface; it's not limited to two entries.

The new features are the latest changes by Apple that offer app publishers more flexibility and control over how their apps are marketed to end users on its fairly congested App Store.

New tools offered to AppStore publishers | Screenshot via iPhones.ru
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That's surprisingly terse. Care to elaborate?

EDIT: Ah, I see this got truncated in the move from the front page. Might want to fix that.
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Unlocked features? Added is the word.
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Apple this week unlocked new tools that allow iPhone developers and publishers to pre-set the release date of their applications and schedule price changes.

Apple just keep's getting better and better. I'm going to go buy a few app's too thank them for this.
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Good. I've always wondered why Apple didn't have something like this in the past.
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. . . apps that will go into affect automatically . . .

It doesn't look good at all when you writers can't spell. "Affect" should be "effect." No, it wasn't a typo. It was not knowing the difference, or at least not caring to check. Either way, it's unprofessional.

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Good. I've always wondered why Apple didn't have something like this in the past.


i wish they would have something like this for the website. it's kind of funny that a company that big takes the entire online store down just to add new products
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i wish they would have something like this for the website. it's kind of funny that a company that big takes the entire online store down just to add new products

It is better that way. They can add the new product at the top of the page.
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i wish they would have something like this for the website. it's kind of funny that a company that big takes the entire online store down just to add new products


I think they do it on purpose rather than for a technical limitation. They probably don't want fanboys clicking refresh a thousand times a minute to see if the new product is posted yet. Adding a new product is done weeks in advance for testing and it is likely only a single click to make it public. Clearly they don't do that when they are adding an accessory item, cable, 3rd party product, etc.

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Good. I've always wondered why Apple didn't have something like this in the past.

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i wish they would have something like this for the website. it's kind of funny that a company that big takes the entire online store down just to add new products

Last christmas I wanted to offer a special holiday prices for my iPhone apps. The problem was that iTunesConnect, the website were developers can control their apps, was down for maintenance the entire holiday.
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i wish they would have something like this for the website. it's kind of funny that a company that big takes the entire online store down just to add new products

If you are talking about the Apple web site or even the iTunes Store and had to ask that question, I gather you don't know anything about web logistics/management.

Not only are there a dozen or two links to every new/updated product, it involves 36 distinct country web sites in nearly 2 dozen languages, of which English is 4.

And true to Apple's form, the entire world is a more often than not updated within moments of each other.

And how many new/update products are posted daily? Over a thousand a day.
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The work that Apple has been doing the past couple of months to ease the app submission process has been terrific.

I would still like Apple to make this statement though:

"We are now allowing the ability to sell signed apps outside of the App Store. There will be no restrictions to the apps you want to create. If you create a malicious app, we reserve the right to use the 'kill switch' on your app on a users device. Your license to develop apps will be revoked. "

This would end any future App Store controversies while providing freedom to those who require it though most would never excercise it.
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The work that Apple has been doing the past couple of months to ease the app submission process has been terrific.

I would still like Apple to make this statement though:

"We are now allowing the ability to sell signed apps outside of the App Store. There will be no restrictions to the apps you want to create. If you create a malicious app, we reserve the right to use the 'kill switch' on your app on a users device. Your license to develop apps will be revoked. "

This would end any future App Store controversies while providing freedom to those who require it though most would never excercise it.

In my opinion, Apple not making it very hard to jail break iPhones/iPod touches is really enough but it seems that for some reason all the vocal minority of critics really want is for Apple to include a jailbreak switch. Obviously if they did this the switch would also come at the expense of any support until the device is restored to factory but there are also those who want Apple to support their device regardless of what they do to it so you really can't please everyone.
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Seems like Apple is really getting their ducks in a row for the next App Store explosion.

One thing I know a lot of developers are still looking for is the ability to provide coupon codes for specific apps. 50 may be enough for testing, but not for a big marketing effort.
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In my opinion, Apple not making it very hard to jail break iPhones/iPod touches is really enough but it seems that for some reason all the vocal minority of critics really want is for Apple to include a jailbreak switch. Obviously if they did this the switch would also come at the expense of any support until the device is restored to factory but there are also those who want Apple to support their device regardless of what they do to it so you really can't please everyone.

I question your first sentence that Apple isn't against jailbreaking. They have openly spoken out and complained about it. They also changed the baseband on the newest iDevices in mid product-cycle. It would seem that they're actively working against it.

Most people jailbreak because of features that are missing from the App Store. There will always be some that want full control so they can do things like change the icons but that is a very small percentage.

Jailbreaking also causes your phone to be more unstable and removes a necessary layer of security.

You're right that everybody can't be pleased but this would end any controversies and would be a minimal security threat because Apple does have the kill switch as a last resort.
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Silly Apple, why are they spending time on releasing such unnecessary features? Don't they realize they are supposed to be controlling and overly restrictive?
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Good. I've always wondered why Apple didn't have something like this in the past.

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Because until now they haven't been able to guarantee review and approval within a certain timeframe. By guaranteeing it, release dates can be set, rather than it showing up whenever it gets through Apple.
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"We are now allowing the ability to sell signed apps outside of the App Store. There will be no restrictions to the apps you want to create. If you create a malicious app, we reserve the right to use the 'kill switch' on your app on a users device. Your license to develop apps will be revoked. "

This would end any future App Store controversies while providing freedom to those who require it though most would never excercise it.

Sure, it would end your controversies. And the result would be an entire new set of issues that would come up. I'm sure you would rejoice them doing that, only to turn right around and complain to Apple as to how they allowed some kind of malware or trojan to hijack your phone.

Will not happen and the tens of millions of iPhone users are quite happy leaving it that way. You want to live in the wild west? Go to Android and be done with it. This subject has been beaten beyond belief.
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Because until now they haven't been able to guarantee review and approval within a certain timeframe. By guaranteeing it, release dates can be set, rather than it showing up whenever it gets through Apple.

Umm unless I missed something pretty HUGE... Apple isn't guaranteeing anything when it comes to a specific APPS approval. If I'm not mistaken this 'UI' would only become available AFTER the _insert_time_period_ Apple takes to approve an APP submission. So including this feature (which is nice) in no way speeds up, slows down or in any way sets any specific guarantee on a APP approval or rejection.
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Because until now they haven't been able to guarantee review and approval within a certain timeframe. By guaranteeing it, release dates can be set, rather than it showing up whenever it gets through Apple.

The "Set Release Date" part was there since the beginning. The new part is the predefined pricing start and end dates.
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Sure, it would end your controversies. And the result would be an entire new set of issues that would come up. I'm sure you would rejoice them doing that, only to turn right around and complain to Apple as to how they allowed some kind of malware or trojan to hijack your phone.

Will not happen and the tens of millions of iPhone users are quite happy leaving it that way. You want to live in the wild west? Go to Android and be done with it. This subject has been beaten beyond belief.

LOL, what makes you think that I would rejoice and complain at the same time? You are part of the problem. You believe too much of what some believe. You have no opinion except what others tell you to believe. Many of you fanboys are pathetic and know nothing. Apple will still be patching security holes regardless of whether there are signed apps outside of the App Store or not. Yes it will be more difficult for them but not moreso since they own the kill switch on any app. Even Jobs, said himself, in his letter on the iPhone in 2007 said the main problem was unsigned apps.

BTW, don't tell me what I should do. I've been buying Apple products since 1986. Who are you? If it was up to people like you, the iPhone would still have no copy/paste and there would be no heavily rumored multitasking in 4.0. You are part of the problem. You ask nothing of Apple but are so willing to buy their products. I'm sure if I looked into your previous posts you would argue against multitasking. It is you that people like you that Jobs doesn't respect. I'm sure that it doesn't end with Jobs.
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If it was up to people like you ... there would be no heavily rumored multitasking in 4.0

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I think they do it on purpose rather than for a technical limitation. They probably don't want fanboys clicking refresh a thousand times a minute to see if the new product is posted yet. Adding a new product is done weeks in advance for testing and it is likely only a single click to make it public. Clearly they don't do that when they are adding an accessory item, cable, 3rd party product, etc.

Definitely not weeks before, only 1-2 days maybe. And when you see some early details is because someone clicked the release button; as soon as they realize, just revert back to a previously released stage. I'd say even the product pages put into the CMS only days before site release.

Of course it's a lot different if they release a completely new website, then the CMS is filled with the content weeks before up to the last day.
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