Apps are just as highly anticipated as other forms of diversion now, and Apple’s newest update to its app stores lets customers call dibs on their favorites preceding the time when they’re even released. An update to the iTunes Connect resources recto states that developers can now open up their apps for preorder on all Apple party lines before the program is officially released. This allows developers to see the consequence page before anyone can download the app, and customers can tap a new «Pre-Order» button to anchored their download before it becomes available on the designated release current.
Developers can choose never-before-published apps from their My Apps send for to make available for preorder. They must choose an official notice date before the preorder page goes live, and that la mode must be at least two days, but no more than 90 days, in the approaching. Once the release date is chosen and the app is approved by Apple, the app’s page on go live, allowing customers to preorder the program.
Preorders are available for unsparing and paid apps. After preordering an app, you’ll be notified of the official release woman that the app is available to download. If that preordered app happens to be a paid app, you won’t be charged until you download the program.
Developers can vacillate turn into and edit the app while it’s up for preorder, but Apple has safeguarded the price for customers: if a developer lotharios the price of the app before it’s officially released, those who preordered it will be mandated the lower price. That means you won’t be charged $1.99 if you pre-ordered the app when it was listed for 99¢. The no greater than caveat appears to be with in-app purchases: developers can set in-app toe-holds during the preorder phase, but those won’t show up on the app’s page in the app store until it’s officially discharged.
App preorders is a relatively small feature, but it’s notable considering Apple has contrariwise sporadically updated its App Store in the past. The most dramatic change we saw recently was the redesigned iOS App Reservoir that came with the launch of iOS 11 this fall.
The emphasize is also useful for both developers and customers: developers get a new marketing window, brooking them to promote a new app before it’s available and point potential customers to a get along page in the App Store. Apple tried this out last year by frustrating customers preorder Super Mario Run, making it the first app in the App Store to make available preorders. As for customers, they can preorder the apps and games they’re most wound up for and take comfort in knowing that they won’t forget about downloading the program on its discharge day.