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App Store devs can now make their games available for pre-order

App Store devs can now make their games available for pre-order

You may recall that when Super Mario Run was announced in 2016, customers could request notification of its release, which was a first at the time on the App Store. Meanwhile, customers shouldn't worry about possible price hikes between an app's pre-order opener and availability commencement.

Apple has chose to change that by allowing developers to put their apps up for pre-order so long as the app will launch within 90 days. Apple notifies you when the app you've preordered is available for download and automatically downloads it to your device within 24 hours. The release date must be at least two days in the future, but no more than 90 days in the future.

Do you plan on taking advantage of pre-orders for iOS apps?

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As an end user, buying apps via pre-order seems to make little sense because there is no guarantee that an app will turn out the way you thought. Then submit the app for review and once accepted you can make your pre-order page go live. Apple has also included an FAQ with further information about the pre-order process.

Pre-orders are useful for any app that gets promoted in the App Store's "Today" tab, like Reigns: Her Majesty, a witty and artsy mobile game about being queen.

Pre-orders are only available after the App Store has approved an app, and customers won't be charged until they download the app. No similar section has been added to the Mac App Store or Apple TV App Store.