USA Today contributor Rachel Sandler asked people in San Francisco if apps are as renouned as Apple says. Do people even caring about apps anymore?
SAN FRANCISCO —A star though apps.
Let’s step behind in time for a impulse and suppose going behind to regulating foldable maps or Web printouts for directions, hailing cabs (or even holding a bus!), and no amicable collection to share those daily self-portraits.
Apple kicked off a big Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose this week with a humorous video showing what that app-less star competence be like. The association also debuted a new online TV show, Planet of a Apps, a Shark Tank meets The Voice competition positioned to showcase a stone star of today, during slightest in Apple’s mind: a app maker.
Apple has a indicate about apps. A handful unequivocally have been lifechanging, and we can count them on one hand: travel apps such as Uber and Lyft, navigation favorites Google Maps and Waze, mobile-only amicable networks Snapchat and Instagram, and attribute collection such as Tinder.
But that world Apple speaks of is an app star with, let’s face it, mostly veterans. We haven’t seen a new pound app expelled and stay atop a charts for months in years.
Apps began in 2008, when Apple introduced a App Store, and nothing of a apps featured in Apple’s promo film are new ones. In fact, with all a speak about apps this week, a discerning peek during a App Store charts shows a same old-timers atop a list — YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Bitmoji, Facebook and Google Maps. Bitmoji and Messenger are a many recent, and they debuted in 2015.
Only a handful of new apps have burst a tip 30 draft and stayed there — a trend we noted in March — with Wish, Letgo and Musical.ly, apps to buy inexpensive things from China, sell things to others in a safer sourroundings than Craigslist and mouth synch to songs, respectively. Pokémon Go was a summer smash in 2016. It’s not now listed in a iTunes Top 200 but does arrange during No. 47 in a Games category.
With all a Apple hype this week, we wondered possibly folks are still unequivocally downloading apps. Or is that something they did years ago when they got their new smartphones?
When we talked to consumers in San Francisco this week, we were surprised. Most told us they did indeed download them daily, weekly and monthly, and really few told us they frequency download apps.
But the apps they download are a same aged ones: Uber, Lyft, Facebook Messenger, Waze, Twitter, Shazam, Fun Run 2 and Candy Crush.
Market investigate organisation AppAnnie tells us that indeed, some 30 million apps are downloaded each day worldwide. Yes, there still are millions of people possibly adding Facebook and Instagram to their phones for a initial time or maybe re-downloading to supplement to their new phones.
Clearly Apple has a work cut out for it to get new apps into a hands of consumers. The association announced a new demeanour to a App Store, entrance in September, to try and move improved courtesy to debuting apps. We’ll find out in a few months if a refurbish can change a makeup in a charts.
In other tech news of a week:
—Pandora can breathe again. The struggling online radio station, that has lots of listeners but sky-high kingship commitments, got a $480 million salvation from satellite broadcaster SiriusXM. Do a dual combine next?
—Amazon killed a best understanding in city for online backup. The $59.99 total storage for Amazon’s Cloud Drive is now singular during 1 terabyte of storage. We now dub Backblaze best-deal status, during $50 yearly. In other online storage news, Apple honeyed a pricing for iCloud backup, charity 2 TB of information for $120 yearly. It had formerly offering 1 TB for a same price. In a digital age, with a ever-increasing array of photos and videos on mixed devices, a need for online storage is some-more vicious than ever.
—More troubles for ride-hailing association Uber, which has suffered by a lousy corporate 2017 amidst reports of passionate nuisance and other ills. This week we schooled a association dismissed an executive who ran a Asia Pacific operations, though usually after a news opening found out he had performed and common with other executives the medical annals of a lady who was raped by an Uber motorist in India.
—Hacking update: Pop star Britney Spears’ Instagram comment was used by Russian hackers as a tip circular house to place coded messages that were partial of a malware scheme, a confidence association reported.
—Finally, ICYMI, Apple announced a lot during a WWDC. The highlights: a HomePod, a new $350 reward Wi-Fi song orator tranquil by Siri, Apple’s personal assistant, will go on sale in December; Apple’s iOS mobile handling complement gets an refurbish in Sep with new features, including a ability to compensate friends around content messages, and new protracted existence program for developers to move to new apps. Additionally, new absolute iPads and iMacs were unveiled.
Meet Yuma Soerianto, a immature 10-year-old app developer from Australia flown to San Francisco to learn about apps during Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference.
Video by Jefferson Graham
Did we locate this week’s #TalkingTech podcasts?
—We began a pre-WWDC Apple coverage with a discuss about Siri, a personal digital assistant. Veteran tech publisher Walt Mossberg and we import in on because Siri has been such a disappointment.
—Fun talk with WWDC’s youngest app developer, 10-year-old Yuma Soerianto.
—Our outline of the 12 apps Apple deemed as a best of 2017, with a Design Awards.
—Finally, a take on how Amazon turned a back on consumers by changeable gears for online storage.
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