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    Apple activates revamped iTunes Connect Web portal with design overhaul, new tools



    Apple on Thursday launched an updated version of its iTunes Connect developer Web portal, with a design overhaul coming alongside deeper data management features for launching, selling and managing content on the iTunes Store.

    The new online portal carries over the same app management assets familiar to developers, while polishing the overall presentation and updating a number of tools important for tracking user engagement. Apple first demoed the new iTunes Connect at WWDC in June.

    As noted by Apple, the latest iTunes Connect version comes with an updated My Apps section for basic app management, a new Resources and Help pane for solving payments and distribution issues and tweaks to the Users and Roles area dedicated to managing Sandbox test users.

    As seen in the screenshots, Apple completely revamped the website's design to bring the dev portal more in line with the iOS-inspired iCloud Web client that rolled out last year. Aside from "flat" iconography, the user interface has been tweaked with cleaner drop-down menus and graphical assets.









    The new iTunes Connect portal brings the Web interface up to speed with the iOS app version released in May. The mobile iteration also sports a design based on iOS 7 and includes basic access to critical app management tools.

    Developers with proper credentials can access the new iTunes Connect portal now.





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    Apple’s redesign of iTunes Connect leaves devs angry, confused



    Developers logging on to iTunes Connect to update their apps this morning got an eyeful of its new iOS 8-influenced design — and many didn’t like what they saw.

    Instead of the past’s squat, flat look dominated by dark gray, the main view at the developer website now opens up with acres of white space and a cheery, sky-blue font we’ve all become accustomed to since iOS 7. Apple warned devs of the coming overhaul at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, but it wasn’t clear exactly when the new design would roll out.

    The pretty new look was hard to appreciate, though, when trying to push out a new release or version of your app.

    While many developers applauded the makeover, plenty were bewildered or frustrated as they hunted for familiar tabs to get the job done.

    “New iTunes Connect as viewed on ios…not exactly mobile friendly,” said Mike Lisavich of relationship app Rekindle.

    Luis Solano, lead Swift engineer at Pixable, had some more pressing issues: “NEW ITUNES CONNECT HOW THE F*CK DO YOU SUBMIT TO THE APP STORE?”

    After a few misplaced clicks on the “My Apps” page, it turns out that you just hit the “+” sign to add a new app.

    Once you’re done hunting around, though, it appears to be mostly a prettier version of the same thing.

    “New iTunes Connect certainly looks better, but appears they didn’t actually improve anything, all superficial,” noted Zach Waugh, iOS developer at Basecamp.

    Waugh’s thought echoed our experience: The iTunes Connect update is a cosmetic change. After a moment of panic, we were able to get our business done.

    There are a few annoying things from the old version that spilled into this version like a bad hangover. Managing the “cover” for Newsstand is still a separate tab from uploading the actual magazine. You can see the old flat design and dark font that’s an unwelcome legacy from the older version above. It’s the same for in-app purchases, too, where the new design is just icing on the crunky old layout.

    Apple says it has updated the “My Apps” section for managing and releasing apps as well as the “Resources and Help” portion. But a quick look around shows these to be fundamentally the same as before, just with the new design.





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