iPhone and iPad owners can now view available pre-order titles in the Game section of the Apple App Store. Currently there are only a handful of titles available, including the music rhythm title, Cytus II, Thumper: Pocket Edition, Full of Sparks, JYDGE, Slime Pizza, and Lord of Dice.
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Star Wars Battlefront II sparked an online outrage over microtransactions and loot crates prompting some governments to investigate EA for “glorified gambling." Loot crates are basically IAPs where players can spend real world money on digital boxes which deliver random benefits. Players can receive everything from dud rewards to helpful upgrades giving them an advantage in the game. Loot crates are basically designed to keep players spending money in hopes of receiving better or more in-game benefits.
iOS 11 allows you to stop apps from asking you to rate and review them in the App Store (though if you got it for free and use it all the time, you should at least return the favor with a rating). Head to Settings -> iTunes & App Store and toggle off In-App Ratings & Reviews.
Instead of our normal App of the Week we are going to take a look at the redesigned App Store in iOS 11. In the newly released iOS 11 public beta, Apple has broken down the App Store in to three major parts: Today, Games and Apps.
The Today page is where you will be able keep updated on what's going on with the Apple App Store. It features exclusive premieres, new-releases and a look-back at all-time App Store hits. Here you will also find tips, how-to-guides and interviews with developers and celebrities.
Apple has been doing a lot with the App Store to promote gaming on iOS devices. In February it released a section dedicated to premium games with no in-app purchases, and it has changed the "Free" button to a "Get" button for games with IAPs. Apple also added several App Store enhancments with the release of iOS 8, including bundles and a new Explore tab for searching subcategories.