App Store Review Guidelines' Greatest Hits

After going through Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines, we decided it would be a great idea to compile our personal favorites. Some even sound like the words of Jobs.

1: “Apps with metadata that mentions the name of any other mobile platform will be rejected” – No Android for you!

2: “Apps that artificially increase the number of impressions or click-throughs of ads will be rejected” – Don’t be greedy.

3: “App user interfaces that mimic any iPod interface will be rejected” – Who makes that Remote app that looks just like iPod.app?

4: “Apps that alter the functions of standard switches, such as the Volume Up/Down and Ring/Silent switches, will be rejected” – Camera+!

5: “Apps containing “rental” content or services that expire after a limited time will be rejected” – iTunes TV show and movie rentals FTW!

6: “Apps that encourage users to use an Apple Device in a way that may cause damage to the device will be rejected” – Don’t break me!

7: “Apps that include games of Russian roulette will be rejected” – No comment.

8: “Apps that contain user generated content that is frequently pornographic (ex “Chat Roulette” apps) will be rejected” – Until there’s an API to keep clothes on.

…And how can I forget my personal all-time favorite: “We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps.” – Hi, Phillip!

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Cydia tweak allows for Safari home page

A neat little jailbreak-only tweak has been released today and that is the ability to have a home page in Safari for iOS. The tweak is incredibly simple to setup, and developer, Will Strafach, gets huge props for that. You simply hit the “+” on either an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and click the “Set as Home” button. This is the same menu used to make home screen shortcuts and to email and bookmark sites.

If you like having a home page on your Mac or PC computer this is a great installion for you. Personally, it does not make much sense for my iPhone, but I find it incredibly handy on the iPad as it is more computer-like. The tweak, “Home Page in Safari,” is available now for $0.99 on the Cydia store for all iOS devices. If you are having installing troubles (server issues) just try back later.

Apple revamps developer app sales reporting

Apple has just completely revamped their daily app sales reporting tool for developers. This tool has several new features, a modernized user interface, and is very intuitive. The new main dashboard has large graphs and new charts. The graph shows your app sales figures either in a daily or weekly view for paid or free downloads. You can even even choose any day from the last two weeks for display on the graph (The last 14 weeks too).

The charts dictate your app sales statistics in the top 10 regions where your app is on sale and also displays unit sales per app per day. Percent and unit change is also shown so you can compare your daily figures. Other categories of statistics include in-app-purchases and app updates.

The sales view offers a comprehensive look at unit sale figures for each app for each day. This section will show the version number downloaded, the type of app, how many units on that day or week, the customers price (upgrade, paid etc.), your revenue take from the app, what store it was bought in (US, UK, FR etc.) and its App Store identification number:

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iTunes costs nearly $1 Billion a year to run

According to a report by Asymco, Apple’s average iTunes operation costs nearly $75 million dollars per month. This is more than double 2009’s average monthly costs of $30 million. The rise is credited to the new features Apple has recently implemented into iTunes as well as the 18 million apps downloaded each day. In case you didn’t catch Apple’s September 1st keynote, that’s roughly 200 apps per second.

At this moment, the total yearly operational costs for Apple is somewhere in the $900 million range (75 million x 12 months), and since iTunes is only growing with more and more content, the one billion mark is sure to hit very soon. These costs cover purchasing abilities from 160 million credit-card carrying iTunes customers, and all the content that gets downloaded to Macs, PC’s and the 120 million iOS devices rocking today. Maybe that $1 billion data center will help out later this year.

iTunes to date has sold over 450 million TV shows, 100 million films, 12 billion tunes, and 35 million books. That’s on top of the 6.5 billion apps people have downloaded. That’s an app for every person on the planet!

Grand Theft Auto arrives for iPad

The popular Grand Theft Auto video game series from major living room consoles made its way to the iPhone and iPod touch with Grand Theft Auto: China Town Wars a little while ago. Today an iPad HD version is available. The game has full HD graphics that look great on the iPad, and game play looks phenomenal.

The game is now available on the App Store for $9.99. Let us know in the comments what you think of it and that is all… I need to go play some GTA.

Parallels 6 officially announced

Well, it looks like Parallels 6 was officially announced, for realz this time. Parallels 6 is the fastest version of Parallels to date and you’ll be able to get your hands all over it on September 14th; that’s just 5 days! You’ll get 5.1 digital surround sound and a supposed 40% graphics performance boost. In terms of advanced Mac-PC integration, parental controls on the Mac side will carry over to the PC side.

Parallells 6 will be available for $79.99 but upgraders can save 30 bucks and get it for a penny under $50. Users who made their Parallels 5 purchase on or after the 15th of August can upgrade for… Free.

As a commenter points out… you can already upgrade to Parallels 6 for that 49.99 price point.

Game Center compatible titles coming through

The Game Center compatible-games are beginning to populate, starting with Ms. Pac-Man earlier, and now two awesome titles from Firemint. Both of Firemint’s popular iPhone titles, Flight Control and Real Racing, were updated today for Game Center. They should hit the App Store very soon.

Feel free to add me on Game Center. I’m Gurman.

Update: The updates from Firemint appear to now be live, and some games from Pangea including Cro-Mag Rally were updated for Game Center also. Firemint Game Center integration screenshots and app update logs after the break.

More Updates: Farmville and iMobster Don have been updated for Game Center. – Thank you loyal reader, Randall! The very popular World Series of Poker was also just updated for Game Center! – Thanks, Kevin.

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First Look: Game Center Achievements and Leaderboards

We reported that Game Center’s first compatible title hit today, and users are already playing it. Here is our first look at “High Score” boards and achievements.

The main multi-player screen for Ms. Pac-Man allows access to the leaderboards, the achievements center, and recent games stats:

The leaderboard screen ranks all the gamers by score and you can choose to view this list for “all time,” “today,” or “this week.”:

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Apple: Just kidding, no vibrate on new iPod touch

Last week we discovered that Apple has included a vibrate mechanism on the new iPod touch as an accessibility tool for those unable to hear when a FaceTime call is incoming. Well, today Apple has amended their iPod touch accessibility page removing the line you see highlighted in the screenshot below.

It is not clear while Apple decided to remove the vibrate function from the iPod touch as it seemed like a pretty neat feature for consumers but even better for those really in need of it, like the deaf. The folks down at iFixit even tested this by simply receiving a FaceTime call on their iPod touch 4. They can confirm Apple’s change in plans. This does not even seem to be some Apple copy/paste or photoshop error as they were very clear to say “a vibrating alert – on your iPod touch.”