New Year's Day was another record-setting day for Apple's App Store

Apple acquires startups all the time and its most recent acquisition is the Canadian firm, Buddybuild.

In March past year, Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced his intent to launch a startup accelerator for the iOS developer community in India. The startup provides app developers a single platform to code for big projects.

"We're excited to share that the Buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build wonderful developer tools for the entire iOS community".

"The buddybuild service will remain available to existing customers to build, test and ship iOS apps to testers through buddybuild.com", it added. However, when it comes to revenue, the App Store is a clear victor. (NASDAQ:AAPL). On the other hand, the iPhone maker made the usual statement, "we generally do not discuss our goal or plans" for "smaller technology companies" bought "from time-to-time".

Buddybuild was founded back in 2015 by two former Amazon employees named Dennis Pilarinos and Christopher Stott.

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Buddybuild focuses towards continuous integration, deployment and a user feedback platform for development teams that help the developers release iOS and Android apps using GitHub, GitLab and BitBucket. The news was confirmed by the Buddybuild on its official blog, no official statement about the same has been issued by Apple. That service today operates as Apple's online service for over-the-air installation and testing of mobile applications offered to developers in the iOS Developer Program.

This year will keep the developer community for Apple on the toe, with iMac Pro only started shipping, and the new Mac Pro desktops on the line.

No financial terms have been disclosed for the deal. The startup has managed to raise around $8.8 million in three years of existence. On paper, at least, Buddybuild would add to what TestFlight now offers with a deeper range of developer options and support for app developers covering Apple's range of mobile operating systems. Apple keeps 30% of the revenue generated by paid apps purchased in the App Store, leaving 70% for developers.

As part of the acquisition, the company will no longer be accepting new customers, and will be discontinuing its free starter plans and Android app development in the beginning of March this year.

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