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Need advice on updates regarding New & Noteworthy listed app

03-22-2010, 07:00 PM
#1
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Posts: 29
Need advice on updates regarding New & Noteworthy listed app

Hi all,

Our first game ever has made the Apple New & Noteworthy list in the Apple UK Store but I had a question regarding this which I am unable to find the answer for.

Essentially, before we found out that we were on the list, we were prepping our 1.1 update. However, now we are on there, I am afraid that submitting an update will put the app back into the approval process and remove the app listing from New & Noteworthy?

Does anyone have insight into the impact of updating your app while it is being featured by Apple?
03-22-2010, 07:02 PM
#2
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 4,568
No, an update is a separate approval process. Your app will stay in the store while the update is being approved.

Updates while being featured is better, more visibility.

03-22-2010, 07:03 PM
#3
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
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Thanks for the awesomely quick response Zincous. Phew! Good to know that updates will not affect our Featured listing
03-22-2010, 07:05 PM
#4
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Quote:
Originally Posted by saratpediredla View Post
Thanks for the awesomely quick response Zincous. Phew! Good to know that updates will not affect our Featured listing
Your welcome
03-22-2010, 07:19 PM
#5
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Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zincous View Post
No, an update is a separate approval process. Your app will stay in the store while the update is being approved.

Updates while being featured is better, more visibility.
There is also the school of thought that says "While being featured, don't touch ANYTHING!"

I've heard many stories from developers, including me, who changed something and it had a negative effect on sales.

Sometimes it is hard to tell if it was from what you changed or just coincidence though.

App Store superstition at its best.
03-22-2010, 08:38 PM
#6
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 20
My game is featured in Germany's new and noteworthy starting today.

Does is stay on this list for a full week?

I changed an image.

Last edited by blackmouth; 03-22-2010 at 09:29 PM.
03-22-2010, 09:43 PM
#7
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 130
Quote:
Originally Posted by blackmouth View Post
My game is featured in Germany's new and noteworthy starting today.

Does is stay on this list for a full week?

I changed an image.
We were fortunate enough to have Pig Rush featured in New and Noteworthy in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Japan last week.

I read somewhere that Apple refreshes the New and Noteworthy list every Tuesday, so I'm assuming something will change by the end of today.

I'm just curious what happens after the one week. Does an app move up in the list, or is it no longer considered "New"? Will it go to "What's hot" if it did well?
03-22-2010, 10:12 PM
#8
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Originally Posted by ReignDesign View Post
We were fortunate enough to have Pig Rush featured in New and Noteworthy in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Japan last week.

I read somewhere that Apple refreshes the New and Noteworthy list every Tuesday, so I'm assuming something will change by the end of today.

I'm just curious what happens after the one week. Does an app move up in the list, or is it no longer considered "New"? Will it go to "What's hot" if it did well?
No each category is completely separate. Flickitty never made it to "New and Noteworthy", but it was featured under "What's Hot". Some apps move from one category to another, but it isn't a guarantee.

I agree with MindJuice, that it is often best to leave things alone. Unless your app has a fatal bug that needs to be fixed right now, leave it alone. Some developers say 'but I have new features that I want to show off'. It doesn't matter, people are already buying it and it is featured, LEAVE IT ALONE until the feature wears off. Nothing could be worse than an update that INTRODUCES a fatal bug, then your reviews and sales will immediately plummet.

A ragdoll physics platformer:Flickitty
The artist: randall schleufer
Twitter: @FlickittyiPhone

Last edited by Flickitty; 03-22-2010 at 10:15 PM.
03-23-2010, 04:45 PM
#9
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
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Doh! I didn't see the later replies and had our app prepared for a 1.1. Just managed to see Flickitty's note and I am totally undecided now!

I see MindJuice and Flickittys points but I think our 1.1 update has a very significant bit of features added. Actually there are no major bug fixes at all. However, now I am worried that just the mere act of submitting an update will drop it out of the featured apps section.

Back to limbo land
03-23-2010, 05:00 PM
#10
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 303
I've noticed that Eggbot's Irish Adventure has made New & Noteworthy today and has also been updated today. Of course, I don't know which came first in time. However, the game is still there. Maybe you should PM the dev for his opinion. acakebread. Just an idea...