If an app pushes an update that's really bad and a user rates it negatively, developers won't be able to prompt the user to write a new review once any issues have been fixed if the update falls within a year of the first review. In a change to the App Store rules this week, Apple said it will now enforce hard limits on how review prompts show up and how often users have to see them. Medium's Johnny Lin stresses out in the said report that not all of that huge sum of money in necessarily legitimate as some developers are abusing Apple's in-app purchase feature, as well as the App Store search ads.
In the few months since its introduction, adoption of Apple's review prompt API has been slow.
According to U.S. tech media TechCrunch, Apple's move could take tipping out of the grey area, and more app developers might institute digital tip jars as an alternative way to get creators paid without having to offer ad revenue sharing. They have to use Apple's official API, which allows users to provided a rating from 1-5 stars without actually leaving the app.
While these new rules are clearly a boon for consumers, many developers may find the constraints too limiting.
As previously reported, the iOS 11 contains a security update, one which gives users an option to enable location tracking only when the apps that need such data are opened. Custom-built prompts would force users to leave the app and go to the App store in order to provide a rating. A user can only receive the prompt three times per year. This, however, does have some downsides to consumers as well. Now the entire control of app review prompts is in the user's hand. The update comes with a number of updates, but perhaps the boldest change is to the App Store.
Eric Brackett Tech Times editor Eric Brackett is a tech junkie and a gamer, covering science and technology.