Johnny Lin, a developer who once worked for Apple, published a lengthy Medium post over the weekend detailing how widespread the problem is. Apple recently boasted the App Store had paid developers $70 billion since 2008. It is a odd thing to be happening on Apple store since it has very strict mechanisms in place. If an app failed to make the top lists in its category and/or country, it was considered what Adjust calls a "zombie app".
The app was published on the App Store on April 14, likely capitalizing on the recent U.S. congressional vote to allow ISPs to sell their subscribers' browsing history and other data without gaining user consent.
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. One of the seller's other apps, "goSMS - Funny Messenger" costs $99 per month.
And this app in question, believe it or not, generates tens of thousands of dollars each and every single month.
According to analytics firm Sensor Tower, 68% of all revenue in the App Store goes to games (it is even higher in Google Play, at 90%). Apple will now apply its feed-based approach to both Apps and Games, which means that app developers do not need to compete directly with game developers for attention on the front page of the App Store.
Second, Apple is taking a 30% cut of this fraudulent enterprise. The app is essentially Finder for the iPad but features several improvements that not even the Mac now has. Within the Settings app for iOS, there is a feature that allows a user to block the review prompts entirely.
It's also reported that Apple is concerned about WeChat Pay's increasing popularity in China, as its own Apple Pay facility is struggling to attract Chinese customers.
Apple has been attempting to create multiple revenue streams for itself. "It's downright mind boggling that this horrendous "Mobile protection:Clean & Security VPN" app made it all the way into the top 10 without getting flagged", he added.
Apple has banned the alt-right's favorite meme from its App Store. Search ads ensure it earns the top spot when you search for terms like "qr scanner" or "qr code", giving it more visibility and, to some, credibility than its legitimate counterparts.
Starting from the small stuff, we're now up to WatchOS 4 for the Apple Watch, which brings updates like a Siri Watchface, which keeps things like reminders front and centre, and some updates on the fitness tracking side of things, reinforcing Apple's commitment to the idea that the smartwatch is mainly a fitness device.