Not all developers out there want your birth certificate and bathing schedule, but enough have proven themselves less than scrupulous over the years, so anything Apple and Google do to help users limit data collection and location tracking is always welcome. Putting aside the fact that there are dozens of free alternatives (and Apple plans to add QR code scanning to its camera in iOS 11), a free trial doesn't sound so bad, right?
In its App Store Review Guidelines, Apple said: "Apps may use in-app purchase currencies to enable customers to "tip" digital content providers in the app. Apps may not include buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms other than in-app purchase".
The app offers services which are essentially unnecessary, such as an iOS antivirus and malware scanning service. But when we tried to release to the App Store, we got hit with "Your app contains images and references of Pepe the Frog, which are considered objectionable content". However, he also notes that at the exorbitant prices the app charged, it would only need around 200 subscribers to get to that amount. Considering its 70/30 revenue split with developers, that means Apple has made around $30 billion from its app business to date.
The other problem is Apple's relatively new app advertising system, App Store Search Ads, which Lin found several scam apps abusing.
Basically, they wanted to be assholes and are frustrated with Apple for not letting them be assholes. So, if that is the case, how on earth did a fraudulent app like this make it into the App Store in the first place?
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Apple has removed the app from the US App Store, however it is still available in the Belize version of the App Store.
Apple has been notoriously opaque about its review process, which has been a source of frustration to many developers over the years.
After downloading the app and exploring a bit, Lin noticed that there were red flags at every turn. 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.
Gruber argued that Apple needs to reassess "the effects of allowing developers to buy their way to the top spot in search results".