Apple Starts Offering Pre-Orders on its App Store

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On pre-ordering, the app will be automatically downloaded on the iOS devices when it is released.

Developers can put out their apps on Apple App Store for pre-order, 90 days in advance.

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Apple has started offering app pre-orders, allowing users to preview and pay for apps as much as 90 days before they launch. They can update the app during pre-order period, remove it from pre-order offer, change the price during the same time and even make the pre-order offer available in select countries only. The new pre-order feature can potentially be used by game developers to leverage on their popularity (or rather hype) and score some early downloads. If a developer is trying to draw attention to their new app, it's a huge help to be able to point people to where they can actually get it - and let people buy it ahead of time so that they don't forget.

It's a basic feature - as Android fanatics will point out - but nevertheless one that has been missing from the App Store. Customers can see your product page and order your app before it's released for download.

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A fake version of MyEtherWallet has appeared in Apple's app store. To pre-order an app, users just need to tap on the price and tap "pre-order" or tap the "Get" button if it's free. For example, a user pre-ordered an app for $0.99, but the developer suddenly changed the price to $1.99 a day later. You can find out more details on Apple's website. The twist of the story is that from the last two years Google is having this feature that allows the users to "pre-register for an app on its launch". Granted the nearly limited freedom given to developers, it remains to be seen if there will be some who will find ways to game it.

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