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Podcast #39 – “WWDC, what next?”

Episode 39, recorded June 30th, 2012

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Apple sent all developers an email detailing some changes.

App and In-App Catalog Reports Now Available
Catalog reports provide you with extended information for all of your apps and In-App Purchases. To view and generate reports, go to the Catalog Reports module on iTunes Connect. New reports can be generated only once every 24 hours.

The report you get gives you one big list of everything you have on iTunes Connect. All apps. All In-App Purchases. Apple seems to be afraid of too much vanity and so they limit the generation of this report to once per day.

iTunes Connect Mobile 2.0
iTunes Connect Mobile 2.0 is now available on the App Store. iTunes Connect Mobile allows you to access all of your app information, customer reviews, and sales data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can now also access the metadata for your apps, designate favorite apps for easy tracking, and provide access for additional user roles.

The update to iTunes Connect Mobile already became available during WWDC and several developers have mentioned to me that they especially like the feature that you can now do a manual release of a held back app from on the phone. You know, when the app is in Pending Developer Release status.

High-Resolution App Icon and Newsstand Cover Art for Retina Display
Starting in July, newly submitted iOS apps require high-resolution icons and cover art. Large icons and Newsstand cover art must have a minimum resolution of 1024 x 1024 pixels. To change your app icons or cover art, go to the Manage Your Applications module on iTunes Connect. For more information, see the Custom Icon and Image Creation Guidelines in the iOS Developer Library.

There we where happily creating 512×512 artwork and now it turns out we have to go back and recreate everything at the higher resolution. Apparently there is some place in iOS 6 – still under NDA – where these high res icons will be used. Any way, you should be creating your icons with a resolution-independent vector art program anyway. This serves as a reminder to that.

On June 22nd Apple added added app stores for 32 new countries, and since we all have time I’m going to read them to you. There will be a test later:

  • Albania
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sao Tome e Principe
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Swaziland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Zimbabwe

I find it quite amusing to see certain countries on this list. Even some that I had thought to be imaginary ones from romance novels before. Yes, Micronesia, I’m looking at you!

Most amusing of all is that with the new countries located in Africa it now for the first time becomes easier to buy apps than to be able to find a clean glass of water.

Oh well, if we make a killing selling many more apps because of these additions then we might just as well donate some for charity: water. Problem solved!

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