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Mobile commerce vertical added to the Apple app store

In advance of the launch of the holiday shopping season, iPhone and iPad users now have new ways to buy.

Before the holiday shopping season has had its official launch, Apple has just revealed a new strategy for taking part in this highly profitable time of year by adding mobile commerce apps as its own shopping category in its App Store.

The idea is to help to make it easier for consumers to more easily find the shopping apps they want to use.

Now, both iPhone and iPad users will see an entirely new Shopping app available in the category lists at the App Store, so they will be able to discover all the available mobile commerce applications. Before this change was made, shopping apps had been included as a part of the broader lifestyle section of the App Store. Now, they will have their own category, bringing the number of mobile application categories at Apple up to 25.

This new mobile commerce app channel will experience its official launch as of November 5.

Mobile Commerce - Apple StoreThis will ensure that the m-commerce category will be available to the Western world in time for the holiday shopping season, and that it will also be available for the start of China’s equivalent to Black Friday, which is called Singles Day and that lands on November 11, this year.

Apple has stated that launching this new channel, made a lot of sense for better serving its users, as mobile shopping has become quite popular among iPhone and iPad users and because this popularity is only growing. A great deal of the e-commerce traffic that is being experienced around the world is coming from mobile devices as opposed to being exclusively from personal computers. In fact, the Flurry app analytics service has said that there was a growth in the use of m-commerce apps by 174 percent throughout 2014.

That would make mobile commerce the fastest growing app category in 2014. Moreover, a recent survey conducted by Google has revealed that 54 percent of holiday shoppers intend to use their smartphones to do at least some of their holiday shopping this year.

M-commerce settlement from Apple progresses without a blink from investors

Wall Street didn’t appear to be all that affected following the announcement of the ebook settlement.

It has now been reported that Apple has come to an m-commerce settlement when it comes to issues involving accusations of collusion between the company and book publishers in order to fix the prices of ebooks.

When all was said and done, it was announced that Apple had agreed to a settlement of $450 million.

Though it had been expected by some that investors on Wall Street would shudder when they heard about the considerable m-commerce settlement payment that Apple had agreed to make, the reality of it was that they seemed rather unaffected by it. In fact, as a whole, it appears as though those investors have made the group decision to simply look the other way and allow the settlement to occur and be tucked away in the past.

If one was not watching the m-commerce news, it would appear as though nothing had happened.

m-commerce - AppleSome experts in the industry are now predicting that this mobile commerce settlement has held a buy and not sell position, and that the investor reactions could be seen as a confirmation that this could be the strategy to take.

It is clear that investors are taking this opportunity to place their focus on the company’s power for long term earnings instead of falling victim to anxieties that are caused by headlines that appear much more dramatic than they may actually be.

Apple also received a bit of a hand in putting any of the negative news behind it and causing investors to look ahead to a more positive future when they took the opportunity to announce that they had entered into a new partnership with IBM in order to ensure a much more solid entry into the enterprise environment.

When all was said and done, while a settlement of $450 million may sound considerable, when it comes to the size of the m-commerce at Apple and the direction that the company appears to be taking, it does, in fact, appear to be easy to think of the situation as little more than an uncomfortable pimple that will heal up and be entirely forgotten in the future.