Now the newly updated rules rolled out by Apple will definitely make a change and ease the user's task. It could foster various communities of virtual content producers like those in China. As Lin notes, it's been a top 10 grossing app on the US App Store from April 20 to June 7. Lin, in the blog, wrote, "I scrolled down the list in the Productivity category and saw apps from well-known companies like Dropbox, Evernote, and Microsoft".
"Given how many legitimate developers are still having problems getting their apps approved due to seemingly capricious App Store reviewer decisions, it's doubly outrageous that these apps have made their way onto the store in the first place". Case in point: New York Magazine is reporting that some people recently tried to release a Pepe-themed game on the App Store, but they were summarily rejected due to the fact that Apple now recognizes Pepe as an offensive symbol.
Take this app, called "QR code -", the 8th most profitable utility app in the App Store, according to Apple. The modifications to the App Store was first noticed by 9to5Mac. Also, in the description of the app, it read "includes protecting you from "dupplicate" contacts". He looked up the app on Sensor Tower, a website providing data and insights into mobile apps, and found the suspicious app was earning a monthly revenue of $80,000.
After scanning his contacts, it noted "no dupplicates were found", with the same misspelling.
Apple didn't respond to Mashable's request for comment on app subscriptions or whether those who had unwittingly paid exorbitant amounts for app subscriptions would get refunds. But at number 10 he spotted an app: "Mobile protection:Clean & Security VPN", spelled exactly as shown here. They're taking advantage of the fact that there's no filtering or approval process for ads, and that ads look nearly indistinguishable from real results, and some ads take up the entire search result's first page. Ads display a small blue icon signifying an advertisement, but otherwise, they're almost indistinguishable from search results.
And perhaps more importantly, their subscription fees start from $4.54 per month; around 1/20 of the fee for this scam app on the US App Store. Previously, adopting the new App Store rating API was optional, but Apple is now fulfilling its earlier pledge to eventually make it mandatory.
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