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Specify a release date for after Approval, does our App still appear in Featured New?

05-20-2011, 01:31 AM
#1
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 6
Specify a release date for after Approval, does our App still appear in Featured New?

G'day guys!

One of the things I'm waiting to get clarified with Apple, if you are to set a release date for your game (which is estimated to be at some point after App Store approval). Once the date comes around and your app appears in the AppStore, will it be displayed in the Featured -> New section?

As most of you probably already know, the initial launch of your App has a huge surge in sales and then dies down. Likely because your app is featured in the New section. But after reading this article http://furbo.org/2009/10/29/an-expensive-lesson/ I'm a bit worried that possibly could affect an App launch visibility.

Can anyone provide some insight to this please?

Thanks
05-24-2011, 06:31 PM
#2
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 6
I've been informed by another developer that the game would not be shown in the Featured -> New section, but rather the... Categories -> Release Date section.

Apparently in the olden days, where your app appears in the Categories -> Release Date is based of when Apple approves your app?

Can someone confirm that you appear at the top of the Categories -> Release Date section on your chosen date for launch even if it is a few days after Apple approval?
05-24-2011, 08:47 PM
#3
Yes confirmed. Released a game last week after holding it for 7 days after approval. Still showed up fine.
05-25-2011, 10:47 AM
#4
We got hosed on our new app Acts of Kindness - we originally wanted to launch 5/19, but a problem caused them to reject the app. We reuploaded and they didn't approve the app by 5/18. I went ahead and changed the release to 5/24, except they actually approved the app on 5/19, so the 5/19 was locked into their system as the release date.

Needless to say our app launched about 15 pages back on new releases. *sigh*
05-25-2011, 12:19 PM
#5
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,005
Had you selected "hold for developer release"?
I wouldn't bet the farm on stuff like this, but it worked for me with world to conquer.

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Originally Posted by Sinecure Industries View Post
We got hosed on our new app Acts of Kindness - we originally wanted to launch 5/19, but a problem caused them to reject the app. We reuploaded and they didn't approve the app by 5/18. I went ahead and changed the release to 5/24, except they actually approved the app on 5/19, so the 5/19 was locked into their system as the release date.

Needless to say our app launched about 15 pages back on new releases. *sigh*
05-26-2011, 09:06 AM
#6
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Originally Posted by Stroffolino View Post
Had you selected "hold for developer release"?
I wouldn't bet the farm on stuff like this, but it worked for me with world to conquer.
Indeed I did. I think the rejection/approval coinciding with the previous date screwed something up