Apple updates App Store guidelines with new rules for HealthKit and more

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Apple posted an update this evening for its App Store review guidelines—a set of instructions for third-party developers on what iOS apps may or may not contain. Tonight’s refresh adds rules for upcoming iOS 8 features such as extensions, HealthKit and HomeKit.

Most of the changes are only pertinent to developers, but there are a few things worth mentioning. Perhaps the most important item, in light of recent events, is that Apple says apps using the HealthKit framework that store user health data in iCloud will be rejected…. Read the rest of this post here
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Boost Mobile boosts plans with double data and lower prices

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Sprint prepaid subsidiary Boost Mobile is running a promotion from September 3 to November 3 that will give customers discounted plans with double the usual data. As long as customers sign up during this period and keep their accounts active, then they can keep their promotional plan. Now, with a $5 discount, the starting $35 plan will give customers unlimited talk and text with unlimited data, though only the first 1 GB will be at high speed. imageimage
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Helpful shift scheduler for Apple Store employees turning into App Store app for all

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A couple of years ago, Australia-based former Apple Retail Store employee Josh Hunt realized that he (and his colleagues) had a major problem: even with Apple’s cloud technologies, viewing his Apple Store work schedule was a pain. Apple’s internal network allows Apple Store employees to view their hours each day, but this information is not easily accessible from the Calendar application on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Hunt created a tool called Roster Genius that is a web extension to convert Apple’s internal calendaring system into a file that is compatible with the iOS and Mac calendar applications.

Roster Genius was a hit inside the Apple Retail world, and Hunt tells us that the service amassed 8,000 users in 14 countries. But Hunt shut down Roster Genius in favor of building something, alongside co-founder Sam Elliott, with larger implications: an App Store app with similar shift management functionality that could be used by all sorts of users, not just Apple Retail Store employees. The new app, launching in the coming months, is called Shifts, and as the developers tell us, “it is a calendar app, but made specifically for casual/part-time employees – that is, people who work different shifts every day.” image image

The application can connect to the schedules of others so that “you’ll be able to see when your days off align with your friends, and share your roster with a group of friends and coordinate for things to do on days off, organize the carpool or plan after-work drinks,” according to the developers. The interface for the app is very slick, and it boldly does not use the date picker as it instead relies on the numbered keypad for quickly entering in work times. As for the Apple Retail Store-optimized version, that’s coming back too.

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The Asus Zenwatch liveblog from Berlin, 6.30 a.m. EDT Wednesday!

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Join us for a first look at Asus’ Android Wear smartwatch

image Wednesday is a pretty busy day in Berlin as the IFA 2014 press conferences kick off. We’re going to be live with Asus at the Classic Remise to see what we’re already aware is the grand debut of the Zenwatch, Asus’ first foray into the world of Android Wear

Asus press conferences are always an entertaining affair, and we love watching the Chairman, Jonney Shih, take to the stage. We know the Zenwatch is coming but beyond that it could be anything and everything. Asus is known for some pretty wild products so we could still see some new phones, that dock into tablets, that dock into laptops. It’ll be a fun ride, for sure. imageimage
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Apple sets developer rules for HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions ahead of iOS 8 launch

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Today, Apple has updated its official App Store developers Review Guidelines to outline the requirements for iOS 8 applications that will make use of the new HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions services. Today’s update indicates that Apple is nearing the release of iOS 8, the next-generation mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch ahead of the September 9th Apple media event. Apple will provide developers with a golden master seed of iOS 8 on the day of the event, according to sources with knowledge of the plans. The review guidelines are a “living document” that list reasons that App Store apps could be rejected. Below are the full lists for HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions, but here are some of the more significant points:

* “Apps using the HealthKit framework that store users’ health information in iCloud will be rejected.” This point should reduce fears of intruders being able to access a user’s health data, especially after the scandal surrounding the leak of celebrity photos potentially stored in iCloud.
* “Apps that share user data acquired via the HealthKit API with third parties without user consent will be rejected.”
* “Apps that provide diagnoses, treatment advice, or control hardware designed to diagnose or treat medical conditions that do not provide written regulatory approval upon request will be rejected.” This point is crucial in that these fine print allows Apple to work around the FDA’s regulatory guidelines for mobile health applications.
* “Apps using the HealthKit framework must provide a privacy policy or they will be rejected.”
* “Apps must not use data gathered from the HomeKit APIs for advertising or other use-based data mining.” Same deal with HealthKit, as we noted earlier this week.
* There are also a number of third party keyboard guidelines that will be critical for developers to follow.

In addition to those four new sections, Apple has also updated the guidelines to say that “if your app is plain creepy, it may not be accepted.” You can read all of the new bullet points below:

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25. Extensions

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Apps hosting extensions must comply with the App Extension Programming Guide
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25.2

Apps hosting extensions must provide some functionality (help screens, additional settings) or they will be rejected
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25.3

Apps hosting extensions that include marketing, advertising, or in-app purchases in their extension view will be rejected
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25.4

Keyboard extensions must provide a method for progressing to the next keyboard
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25.5

Keyboard extensions must remain functional with no network access or they will be rejected
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25.6

Keyboard extensions must provide Number and Decimal keyboard types as described in the App Extension Programming Guide or they will be rejected
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25.7

Apps offering Keyboard extensions must have a primary category of Utilities and a privacy policy or they will be rejected
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25.8

Apps offering Keyboard extensions may only collect user activity to enhance the functionality of their keyboard extension on the iOS device or they may be rejected

26. HomeKit

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Apps using the HomeKit framework must have a primary purpose of providing home automation services
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26.2

Apps using the HomeKit framework must indicate this usage in their marketing text and they must provide a privacy policy or they will be rejected
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26.3

Apps must not use data gathered from the HomeKit APIs for advertising or other use-based data mining
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26.4

Apps using data gathered from the HomeKit API for purposes other than improving the user experience or hardware/software performance in providing home automation functionality will be rejected

27. HealthKit

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Apps using the HealthKit framework must comply with applicable law for each Territory in which the App is made available, as well as Sections 3.3.28 and 3.39 of the iOS Developer Program License Agreement
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Apps that write false or inaccurate data into HealthKit will be rejected
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Apps using the HealthKit framework that store users’ health information in iCloud will be rejected
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Apps may not use user data gathered from the HealthKit API for advertising or other use-based data mining purposes other than improving health, medical, and fitness management, or for the purpose of medical research
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Apps that share user data acquired via the HealthKit API with third parties without user consent will be rejected
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Apps using the HealthKit framework must indicate integration with the Health app in their marketing text and must clearly identify the HealthKit functionality in the app’s user interface
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Apps using the HealthKit framework must provide a privacy policy or they will be rejected
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Apps that provide diagnoses, treatment advice, or control hardware designed to diagnose or treat medical conditions that do not provide written regulatory approval upon request will be rejected

28. TestFlight

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Apps may only use TestFlight to beta test apps intended for public distribution and must comply with the full App Review Guidelines
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Apps using TestFlight must be submitted for review whenever a build contains material changes to content or functionality
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Apps using TestFlight may not be distributed to testers in exchange for compensation of any kind

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Tens of thousands of people have pre-ordered the iPhone 6 through China Mobile

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China Mobile has started accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6. Yes, the one that hasn’t been announced yet. Apparently people are excited to finally get a chance to pre-order a phone they know nothing about, too, given that over 33,000 have reportedly already taken advantage of the offer.

The carrier is offering both the 4.7″ and the 5.5″ models in 16, 32, and 64 GB. Nobody who has ordered the phone actually knows when they’ll get it, given that—much like the handset itself—the release date hasn’t been announced yet.

The iPhone 6 will officially be announced next week, probably alongside a preview of a wearable device of some sort, at an Apple media event.
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New Apple Store in Atlanta scheduled to open this weekend, new Toledo store under construction

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Toledo, OH Apple Store location (via Ed Hunter)

Apple has announced that the grand opening for its new Cumberland Mall store in Atlanta, Georgia will take place this Saturday, September 6th at 10 AM. The store will be the sixth Apple retail location in the state.

It looks like construction is ready to get underway at the Franklin Park Mall location in Toledo as well, which will become the eighth store in Ohio. The iconic black barricades that usually precede the appearance of an Apple Store have been put up in front of the upcoming location (as seen in the photo above from Ed Hunter on Twitter).

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Apple’s new VP of retail Angela Ahrendts has been pushing the corporation’s retail arm to expand to new locations worldwide and has said that she wants to create am improved Apple Store experience for customers.
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iOS App Store suffers outage as entire catalog of apps becomes “no longer available”

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The iOS App Store seems to be suffering a major outage, though Apple’s system status page doesn’t yet say that there are any issues. Users took to Twitter to point out that every single application listed on the store is now returning an error stating that it is “no longer available.” Typically this error is reserved for applications that have been pulled from sale.

The Mac App Store seems to be fine and still allows downloading applications. However, both the desktop and mobile versions of the iOS store are experiencing the issue.

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@HuluPlus @hulu is this app really no longer available? http://t.co/4i0hGPWFUW
Liz Foulkes (@Peacefulplanet) September 03, 2014

I tried updating my @facebook messenger app, and it said it was no longer available so I deleted it! #annoyed
Heather Jackman♡ (@HelloHeatherJ) September 03, 2014

I can’t download anything on the @AppStore It says the app is no longer available?—
Scott Walker (@CEOW3) September 03, 2014
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