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Apr 12, 2001

Apple this week announced that it will be expanding its App Store Foundations program to an additional 29 countries in Europe.


Launched in 2018 in countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden, the program offers selected developers tailor-made support for app development, marketing, and monetization in collaboration with Apple employees.

In individual and group sessions, selected developers learn how to grow their business and increase the reach of their apps. Topics covered include the optimal use of Apple technologies and APIs, editorial content in the App Store, and more.

Apple did not list the 29 countries that the program will be expanding to or provide a timeframe.

Article Link: Apple Expanding 'App Store Foundations' Program to Additional Countries
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macrumors 68020
Apr 20, 2016
La Jolla, CA
Earlier today, Goldman Sachs presented some interesting Advertising Data on CNBC.

I suspect Apple had a Heads Up on that, & this announcement is a direct result of that data.

The gist, Ad dollars have gone elsewhere, & the trend will continue !

Direct result of Apple's iOS 14.5 changes.

Except for apps that target the Young & the Dumb, OR for those who Apple has recommended OR promoted, OR for those from VC funded Debt-laden companies, the App Store simply does NOT work !

If Apple had third-party "App Discovery" competition, the problem "could be" easily fixed, but NOT with Phil Schiller & Matt Fisher running the show; MUST be an individual OR individuals with extensive mobile software development experience & extensive experience running a third-party mobile software company.

Tim Cook's "official" strategy has been to "Pass the Buck" ... meaning, he knows the App Store ONLY really works for Game Apps, & doesn't want the blame !

Tim, you can run, but you can't hide, & you're NOT getting off the hook on this one ... so, just get proactive, & fix it ASAP !


macrumors 6502
Sep 9, 2016
San Francisco
I don't think the list of countries has anything to do with regulatory law. I think it's more likely they don't disclose the list because everybody is going to have a problem with some countries on the list for political reasons. I also think if there is a regulatory angle, it's more likely to avoid tax, or whatever a country's government charges for helping out their citizens.


macrumors 68020
Apr 20, 2016
La Jolla, CA
Forgot to add, I think Apple should be forced to publicly disclose which App Developers it has already selected to "Play Favorites" !

I know of one Camera App in the Photo & Video category.

Apple recommended them this past weekend for adding Widgets, under their "Events" banner (which made absolutely NO sense whatsoever).
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