Apple Inc, facing accusations from rivals that it has too much control over its App Store. They outlined plans to increase user privacy and keep consumer data out of other company’s hands, laying out features including expanded video conferencing and storing virtual government IDs on iPhones.
In Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference for software developers, the changes came out. Then there were 15% to 30% commissions on digital sales. The new features allow its users to safeguard data. Users will be able to scan ID cards in participating U.S. states, and the cards will be encrypted in a user’s digital wallet, along with credit cards and transit cards in some U.S. cities. This is even working at airports with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, accepting the digital IDs.
The paid version of its iCloud storage service has been updated to include a service that obscures a user’s Web-browsing habits. Another new iCloud feature will let users to hide their real email address. This has become increasingly used as an identifier for digital marketers to track its users. Apple said that iCloud pricing will not change with the new features. FaceTime video chat app is also updated to allow scheduling calls with multiple attendees and making the software compatible with Android and Windows devices. An in-app events is also introduced, and this is a way for developers to host live events within apps and have those events featured in real time in the App Store.
The rest of Apple’s conference is dedicated to technical sessions for developers, some of whom have bristled at its controls and fees. Apple has said its App Store practices increase the market for mobile software. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and his team did not address frayed developer relations during the presentation. Ben Bajarin, chief executive at Creative Strategies stated that not all developers have negative sentiments. He even found more than 90% have no plans to stop making apps for Apple devices, this is by a survey by him on Apple developers.