“Try Before You Buy” App Store Launches, E-Mail FaceTime – iPhone News

Fri, Aug 6, 2010

iPad, iPhone, Mobile

In the iPhone world, there are about a zillion news items about the latest gadgets from Apple and their functionality. Today, the iTunes App Store launched a new “Try Before You Buy” section and the new addition of FaceTime for E-Mail in the latest version of iOS 4.1.

“Try Before You Buy” Category on iTunes App Store

Apple appears to have just opened a brand new section of the App Store called “Try Before You Buy” that is nothing more than a simple filter showcasing all of the “lite” or “freemium” versions of apps. Essentially, you should be able to visit this section of the app store and be able to demo apps before purchasing them.

According to Mashable, the section does not include any full versions of apps with a limited period to try them which is what people have been hoping for. For now, the section will only see either ad-supported versions of paid apps or demo versions. The new section can be found by simply going to the “Free on the App Store” listing in iTunes.

While this isn’t the effective approach Android has taken (full refund within 24 hours if not satisfied), it appears to be a step in the right direction.

iOS 4.1 Beta 3 Adds E-Mail FaceTime Support

If there was any question as to whether or not Apple was going to add a front-facing camera to the next iteration of either the iPod Touch or iPad, there appears to be further confirmation now with the latest beta version of iOS 4.1. This version adds an option when opting to make a FaceTime call with a contact. You may now choose to either FaceTime call someone using either their email address or phone number. My question is: Why would they include the option for E-Mail addresses if only the iPhone will have a front-facing camera? Easy, it won’t. I would expect either the next iteration of the iPod Touch or iPad to have at least a front-facing camera, or both really.

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