This week: iOS 10 gets ready to hit iPhones, Google Chrome squares off with sites using HTTP connections and the App Store gets a delayed spring cleaning.
iOS 10Hits iPhones This Week
Amidst the chatter about the iPhone 7’s dual-lens camera and lack of a headphone jack, another major update has gone largely undiscussed. iOS 10 will hit consumer phones beginning September 13. From new messaging functionality to expanded Siri integrations, the update looks to bring several enhancements to the user experience. And for developers, this means app updates are sure to follow along with it.
Read more on the arrival of iOS 10 at Wired.
Blackstorm Gets $35 Million to Help Developers Go Beyond the App Store
Managing your App Store experience can prove challenging. Developers often find themselves struggling to get their hard work noticed in the hyper-crowded space. Blackstorm hopes to overcome this by helping developers build applications that can thread across multiple platforms, such as messenger bots and web browser experiences. The company believes users will eventually lean on such platforms, rather than Google and Apple app stores and has raised $33.5 million to help with the transition.
Apple Announces App Store Purge Targeting Thousands of Outdated Apps
The more than 2.1 million apps currently in Apple’s App Store could soon decrease exponentially. Apple announced it will conduct a comprehensive purge of outdated apps, removing apps that no longer function as originally intended, do not follow updated review guidelines or have not been updated in a “long time.” How long is a “long time?” That’s up to the discretion of Apple. The company has yet to clearly state the timeline for deciding which apps are outdated. One thing that’s for certain: the App Store is about to be a lot lighter on apps.
Wearables and Mobile Gaming: the Next Frontier of Digital Device Success?
The Apple iPhone set the bar for digital device success. Consider this: after less than a decade on the market, Apple has sold more than one billion iPhones globally. For reference, the Harry Potter book series has only sold 450 million books worldwide. So what can we expect to be the successor of the iPhone? This report from Vero Analytics points to wearables and mobile gaming as the next huge gainers in realm of digital devices.
Read more about the next major digital device success at Verto Analytics.
Google Chrome to Mark HTTP Sites as Unsecure
To better encourage HTTPS connections, Google will start flagging HTTP connections as “not secure” in the popular Chrome browser. According to Google’s data, half of the pages loaded by Chrome use HTTPS for encryption. This initiative will seek to grow that number beginning in January with the release of Chrome 56. Initially, Chrome will only target websites which transfer sensitive information of its users, such as passwords or credit card information. However, the company does plan to eventually begin labeling all HTTP connections as unsecure.
Read more on Google Chrome’s push for HTTPS at PC World.