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Apple clarifies how tips should work in iOS apps

13 June, 2017, 07:27 | Author: Abraham Jackson

Other changes include requiring developers to use Apple's own API to ask users to provide ratings without leaving an app, and screenshots can now include text overlays.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has new App Store policy updates that move any voluntary in-app tipping to the category of formal in-app purchase and Apple can take its 30% cut. 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.

The senior vice president of Apple, Philip Schiller, said in an official press release, "Together with our incredible developer community, we've made the App Store the best app platform in the world, and more than 500 million unique customers visit it every week". The modifications to the App Store was first noticed by 9to5Mac.

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In the few months since its introduction, adoption of Apple's review prompt API has been slow. But the concern from developers may be the loss of control over when, or how often, that prompt is presented. Plus, once the user leaves a rating, the prompt will never appear again.

This will only allow apps to show review pop-ups three times a year, and will block apps from presenting the pop-up if you have already rated them. People have been annoyed by app review prompts for years, and this update seems to remedy the problem. Users also have the option to completely disable app review prompts inside the iOS Settings app, preventing the prompts from annoying them at all.

Analysts say that by making tipping an "in-app purchase", Apple is aiming to make more money out of Chinese users.

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