Apple launched a new feature that lets you pre-order from the App Store.
Announced on Monday, the change allows developers to make new iOS 11 apps available for pre-order up to 90 days before release.
Compared to the App Store’s overhaul that Apple revealed in September, it’s not a huge change, and while most folks probably won’t be too excited to pre-order messaging, fitness or photo apps, this could be big news for game developers.
Apple’s iOS 11 App Store update featured a new tab just for games (in fact, it’s now the only category with its own tab), so it’s safe to say they’re a priority for the platform. Games like Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, with its immense hype and staggered release date, would have been a perfect contender for pre-orders. Up ahead, the highly anticipated 2018 release of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite — a new augmented reality mobile game created by Warner Bros. and Niantic (the creators of the hit mobile game Pokémon Go) — could prove a prime candidate for the pre-order tool. Read more…