Apple limiting how many review pop-ups apps can show

Jun 14, 2017, 06:46
Apple limiting how many review pop-ups apps can show

Given the awful title of this app (inconsistent capitalization, misplaced colon, and grammatically nonsensical "Clean & Security VPN?"), I was sure this was a bug in the rankings algorithm. But as Medium blogger Johnny Lin found out, the mechanism that Ngan Vo Thi Thuy exploited involves tricking gullible users in the app and spreading awareness of the app through ad listings on App Store searches.

Turns out, scammers are abusing Apple's relatively new and immature App Store Search Ads product. The great purge of Pepe means no icons, apps or games on the App Store will be valid and will be taken down if it features our dank meme lord and savior Pepe.

"It is well within Apple's right to reject whatever apps it wants to, but it does appear that the company more or less has adopted a blanket "no Pepe" policy".

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Now sure, I'm absolutely confident that anyone taken in by this app will be able to report it to Apple and get a full refund.

Apple's solution certainly provides a better user experience than custom alternatives, particularly since it allows rating an app without needing to visit the App Store.

Undoubtedly, the change will be a welcome one for most users who get inundated with asks to give an app a rating on the scale of one to five stars. The app was released into the App Store on April 10, 2017, and made $30,000 from in-app purchases in May alone, according to data from Sensor Tower. This should be very helpful for non-game apps, especially in more complicated categories like video editing or productivity.

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Apple believes the future of computing is mobile, and it's easy to believe them when we do an incredible amount of tasks on our phone.

Meanwhile, the Google Play Store has Pepe Snap, Rare Pepe Clicker, Flappy Pepe, and Pepe Button, among several other Pepe apps.

The new features in iOS11 are surely a move to help drive sales in a market that has slowly been stagnating of late, but also to help deliver on Apple's promise that the iPad is a viable laptop replacement. I get that they can't be expected to catch everything, especially if a developer goes to significant lengths to disguise the true nature of an app, such as waiting for a certain length of time after installation before offering sketchy in-app purchases. As a result, entertainers and more content creators can make more money or even create higher quality digital content.

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