App Store Holiday Sales: Final Fantasy VII, Lara Croft GO, Notability and More

In time for the holiday season, a number of paid apps and games for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch have been discounted on the App Store this week, including Alto’s Adventure, Final Fantasy VII, Lara Croft GO, Launch Center Pro, PDF Expert 5, Scanner Pro, This War of Mine, Thomas Was Alone and more.

Apple’s annual iTunes Connect winter shutdown takes place between December 22 and December 29, during which time the following features are unavailable: new app submissions, app updates, in-app purchase submissions and TestFlight submissions for external testing. All other features, and access to iTunes Connect, remain available.

Apps on Sale

Agent A ($2.99 → 99¢)

Alto’s Adventure ($2.99 → 99¢)

Aqueduct 101 ($1.99 → Free)

Bastion ($4.99 → 99¢)

Blek ($2.99 → 99¢)

Broken Age ($4.99 → $2.99)

Civilization Revolution 2 ($9.99 → $4.99)

Clear ($4.99 → $1.99)

Day One ($4.99 → 99¢)

Deliveries ($4.99 → $2.99)

Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition ($4.99 → $2.99)

Drafts 4 ($9.99 → $4.99)

DuckTales: Remastered ($9.99 → 99¢)

Fantastical 2 ($4.99 → $2.99)

FlightTrack 5 ($4.99 → 99¢)

FINAL FANTASY VI ($15.99 → $7.99)

FINAL FANTASY VII ($15.99 → $10.99)

Grim Fandango Remastered ($4.99 → $2.99)

Heroes of Might & Magic III ($9.99 → $4.99)

Hitman GO ($4.99 → 99¢)

Hitman: Sniper ($2.99 → 99¢)

I Am Bread ($4.99 → 99¢)

Infinity Blade III ($6.99 → 99¢)

Lara Croft GO ($4.99 → $1.99)

Launch Center Pro ($4.99 → $1.99)

Leo’s Fortune ($4.99 → 99¢)

Mines of Mars ($4.99 → $1.99)

NBA 2K16 ($7.99 → $3.99)

Notability ($5.99 → 99¢)

Oceanhorn ($8.99 → $4.99)

PDF Expert 5 ($9.99 → $4.99)

Power Hover ($3.99 → $1.99)

Procreate Pocket ($2.99 → 99¢)

Rogue Star ($4.99 → 99¢)

Scanner Pro ($2.99 → 99¢)

Ski Safari 2 ($1.99 → 99¢)

Splendor ($6.99 → 99¢)

Tetrobot and Co. ($2.99 → 99¢)

Tiny Guardians ($3.99 → 99¢)

This War of Mine ($14.99 → $4.99)

Thomas Was Alone ($4.99 → 99¢)

Transistor ($9.99 → $2.99)

Trick Shot ($1.99 → 99¢)

Wizards and Wagons ($4.99 → $1.99)

XCOM: Enemy Within ($9.99 → $4.99)

Xenowerk ($1.99 → 99¢)

There are dozens of other iOS apps discounted for the holidays beyond those listed above. Keep track on our sister website AppShopper.

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Hidden ‘Indoor Survey’ App Created by Apple Discovered on App Store

Apple last week quietly launched a new first-party app called Indoor Survey [Direct Link], which allows its users to map out the interior space of a building using their iPhone. Spotted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith yesterday evening, the app specifically uses radio frequency signals in concert with an iPhone’s various sensor data to successfully map an interior location (via AppleInsider).

The app, however, doesn’t appear to be entirely functional as of yet. When prompted with Indoor Survey’s home menu, after entering an Apple ID and password, users will be met with an Authorization Failed message and be barred from further accessing the app’s suggested indoor mapping abilities. The app is also briefly mentioned on a banner within Apple Maps Connect after signing in, asking users to sign up to the indoor mapping initiative if they represent a venue with a handful of attributes Apple is looking for.

„Enable indoor positioning within a venue using the Indoor Survey app. By dropping ‘points’ on a map within the Survey App, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through. As you do so, the indoor Survey App measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware.“

The new app could be the result of Apple’s purchase of WifiSLAM in 2013. The indoor location company had developed a way for an app to detect someone’s location within a building using Wi-Fi signals, which seems to be on par with Indoor Survey’s abilities today. The technology is slightly similar to the company’s iBeacons software it runs in all of its retail stores, which locates a user’s iPhone when entering an Apple Store and updates them on various promotions, classes, and product information.

Currently, Indoor Survey can’t be found using the search function on the App Store and can only be discovered via iTunes directly. The app was last updated on October 27, so it had been on the App Store for at least a week before anyone discovered it. The app’s description mentions requiring iOS 9 or later with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch compatibility and an 18MB download size.

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Apple Adds New ‘Guided Tours’ Video Section to Apple Music Site

In just a few short days, the first Apple Music trial periods will begin ending for those who signed up for the trial on June 30, Apple Music’s official launch date. As that end date approaches, Apple has updated its Apple Music website to add a series of Guided Tour videos to walk people through using the service.

These Guided Tour videos will show you how to discover new music, hear recommendations from experts, create playlists, connect with artists, and listen to all the music you love on all your devices. Watch now.

There are seven different Guided Tour videos, which cover a range of topics. Three of the videos are dedicated to the Apple Music subscription service, walking people through using the For You section of Apple Music for personalized recommendations, the New feature that has music curated by Apple Music editors, and Apple Music Playlists, also curated by Apple Music editors.

There are also videos on using Beats 1 Radio and Apple Music Connect, Apple’s artist-focused social networking feature. The final two videos cover adding songs from the Apple Music Library to a user’s own music library, and creating Playlists.

Apple has not yet uploaded its Guided Tour videos for music to YouTube, but it’s likely the videos will be added to the channel in the near future. For now, the tutorial videos can be watched directly on Apple’s site.

Update: Apple has added all of the Apple Music Guided Tour videos to its YouTube channel. Links to each video are listed below.

Apple Music Playlists
My Playlists
My Music
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Apple Outlines Fix for Unresponsive ‘Slide to Upgrade’ Screen on iOS 9

Apple has published a new support document on its website that outlines a fix for users experiencing an unresponsive „Slide to Upgrade“ screen after updating to iOS 9 (via iPhoneHacks).

The issue has affected a growing number of users on the Apple Support Communities, MacRumors discussion forum and social media.

Apple recommends restoring your device from an iTunes backup to resolve the problem.

1. Connect your iOS device to your computer and open iTunes.
2. Select your device. If you don’t see it listed, force restart your device by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home button for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
3. If you made an iTunes backup of your device before updating to iOS 9, restore your device from that backup. If not, you need to make a backup of your device in iTunes, then restore from that backup.

Apple released iOS 9 on Wednesday for iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2 or later and the fifth-generation iPod touch or later.

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Apple Focused on Improving Apple Music Ahead of Android Launch

Just over two months after the launch of Apple Music, the streaming music service has received a mix of praise and criticism from early adopters. Beats 1 and curated playlists are among the most acclaimed features of Apple Music, while a confusing user interface and iTunes library issues have caused frustration among some users.

Addressing those issues, iTunes executive Oliver Schusser told The Guardian on Thursday that the company is actively working to improve Apple Music, ahead of its launch on Android and Sonos-connected hi-fi systems in the fall.

“There’s a lot of work going into making the product better. Our focus is on editorial and playlists, and obviously we have teams all around the world working on that, but we’re also adding features and cleaning up certain things,” Oliver Schusser, vice president, iTunes International, told the Guardian.

Schusser also said Apple still has „a bit of homework to be done“ to improve Apple Music Connect, a social platform for artists to connect with fans. Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine admitted last month that Apple Music Connect is a work in progress.

“Apple Music Connect is growing big-time with more and more artists connecting to their fans, but we still have a bit of homework to be done for the rest of the year.”

Apple Music launched for iOS, Mac and PC on June 30, with some 11 million users signing up to take advantage of the service’s free three-month trial period. That trial will expire for some users soon, meaning they will have to choose between paying $9.99 per month or using iTunes or other methods of listening to music.

“If you follow the industry and look at the numbers, the download business has been really, really healthy. iTunes is a big part of our business, still, and will continue to be, so we focus just as much time and energy on maintaining that, editorially and working on features,” said Schusser.

Schusser assures that Apple is only interested in the long-term picture for Apple Music, rather than constantly measuring how many users are signing up. Starting later this month, it should become clearer just how many users are interested in using the service as paid subscribers.

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