Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is changing its attitude towards apps, Bridget Carey said in a CNET report.
According to Carey, the iPhone-maker is giving developers more freedom in terms of what their apps can do. This is after the announcements made by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The CNET host explained:
“There were several tiny changes [Apple made] that could make a big impact. Apple is loosening its grip of controlling what apps can do and the developers now can tinker more with the iPhone experience. They can make new styles of on-screen keyboards which was off limits before. Future apps will be able to use the fingerprint scanner on the home button, so you can bet some apps will use it for mobile payments or added banking security.”
Furthermore, the host also noted that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has changed its mind about bitcoins. She said that the tech luminary has updated its guidelines to allow apps to use approved virtual currencies.
During the WWDC, the consumer electronics giant debuted the following changes to its App Store Review Guidelines. Section 11.17 states:
“Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions.”
Industry observers have noted that if the company does choose to accept bitcoins in the future, it will have a big impact on adoption of these digital currencies because the company has a lot of customers. Carey said that this change may pave the way for bitcoin payment apps to resurface on the Apple App Store.
Meanwhile, Carey also noted that the notification pull-down menu will now have interactive alerts and widgets. Furthermore, the company has allowed extensions to the Safari web browser. The host notes that the freedom the company is now giving developers on its platforms is “sounding a bit like Android”.
However, Carey added that the move may be to keep people locked in the company’s ecosystem because if people see that apps across the platforms the iPhone-maker has talk more easily, they wouldn’t want to upset that by having an Android or Windows device.
Watch the video below where Carey also talks about updates to the Google+ app on iOS:
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