Weekly News Wrapp – Apple’s and Twitter’s new pricing models, the launch of a new Web3 app store, and the latest features from Instagram and Lensa AI

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A fairly favorable week for developers, the industry sees a lot of changes globally. On the contrary, Twitter has some bad news for its iPhone users. 

In this week’s news wr(app), we cover stories including:

  1. Apple’s new pricing model for developers
  2. Launch of an app store for Web3 apps
  3. Twitter’s new pricing for iPhone users
  4. Lensa AI user boost through its magic avatar feature
  5. Launch of Instagram’s new tool to help creators grow their audience

Read the complete stories below.

Apple offers around 900 price points (earlier 200) to developers

Apple recently announced new pricing models for apps that charge one-time or in-app purchases, which the developers can use from ‘Spring 2023’. This new model has around 900 price points at which developers can charge for their apps, compared to the 200 price points earlier. 

According to Apple, as per this new model, developers can charge different prices for different markets. It will also allow developers to select a primary country for their app and have other countries’ purchases adjusted automatically based on foreign exchange rates. 

However, there is no change in the commissions Apple charges developers for paid apps on its store.

Source: https://bit.ly/3hoaLOf

An app store for Web3 apps? Alchemy says why not

Alchemy is planning to launch a new Web3 app store, called DApp (Decentralized App) Store. It will provide a level playing field for developers and users to develop and use Web3 apps. 

The head of growth at Alchemy, Jason Shah, stated in a recent interview that the app store aims to provide sustainable growth to the Web3 community.  The new app store would streamline the development process of new apps and help users access good-quality apps and resources without paying high fees.

Source: https://bit.ly/3Hu7wzp

Twitter relaunches blue tick service with differential pricing for Android and iPhone

Twitter launches blue tick service for its users. However, the pricing is said to be different for Android and iPhone users. While Android users will have to pay $8 per month for the subscription service, iPhone users will have to pay $3 more for the same service, at a total cost of $11 per month. These subscribers will get priority in terms of replies, mentions, and searches. Early access to other features from Twitter 2.0, like posting longer videos, fewer ads, etc will also be given to the verified profiles. 

To combat spam and fake accounts, subscribers who change their handle, display name, or photo will be reviewed again and meanwhile, will temporarily lose their blue tick. 

According to Twitter’s website, the blue tick service is “currently available on iOS only in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, with plans to expand”.

Source: https://bit.ly/3hihwRI

Lensa AI’s magic avatars go viral

Have you checked your favorite influencers’ Instagram posts lately? If you did, you must have seen their ‘magic’ digital artistic avatars. Introducing Lensa AI. These avatars are created through the Prisma Labs’ Lensa AI app. 

Even though the app has been around since 2018, it got its fame through the latest feature of ‘magic avatars’, launched in November 2022. The boost is so much so, that it ranked as no.1 on iOS App Store’s competitive “Photo & Video” charts. 

The app has a free and paid version. However, the free version is very limited and does not include features including ‘magic avatar’.  The paid model charges $39.99 to its users with a 7-day free trial. The subscription can be canceled after the free trial.

Source: https://bit.ly/3FIGLGo

Instagram helps creators in building recommend-worthy accounts

Instagram launched a new feature for professional accounts to check if their images and videos are recommended in the app sections like Explore, Reels, and Feed to their non-followers. 

This will be an extension of the Accounts Status hub, launched last year. With this latest update, users can check if their content is not eligible for the recommendation, and also identify how it’s against the Instagram Recommendation Guidelines

This will act as a great medium for the creators to reach new audiences and grow followers.

Source: https://bit.ly/3BsUdM4


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