Turbotodd

Ruminations on tech, the digital media, and some golf thrown in for good measure.

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Apple has released an emergency patch for the iPhone. The backstory: iOS 12.4 had an update that reintroduced a bug they had previously fixed, and the world’s hackers clued into an iPhone jailbreak for the first time in years. If you want to keep a tight iPhone ship, download 12.4.1 which re-fixes the bug.

Also on the Apple front, what’s happened since the App Store’s big makeover in 2017? TechCrunch reports that was Apple’s attempt to “shift consumer’s attention away from the Top Charts and more toward editorial content.”

But app devs want to make it to the No. 1 position, and according to new research from Sensor Tower, it has become easier for non-game apps to do so.

Probably, they speculate, because the U.S. market has been saturated top apps like Facebook and Messenger and leaving more room at the top.

For games, in 2016 it only took 118K median downloads to top the charts. This year, it’s required more like 174,000 downloads for a game to reach the top on any given day, 85% more than the 94K installs required for non-game apps.

So maybe build a non-saturated Facebook/Instagram-ish like app that lets you play Asteroids or Defender…?

Written by turbotodd

August 27, 2019 at 9:35 am

Posted in 2019, apple, apps, gaming

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