Apps Can No Longer Use Custom Review Prompts; Apple Mandates Standardized Method
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 12:54
At the time, developers were allowed to continue using any custom review prompts they had previously implemented, with the warning that such permission would eventually be revoked.
"Use the provided API to prompt users to review your app; this functionality allows customers to provide an App Store rating and review without the inconvenience of leaving your app, and we will disallow custom review prompt", Apple said in its review guidelines. Plus, once the user leaves a rating, the prompt will never appear again.
Apple won't allow third-party apps to ask you to leave the app altogether, but instead will offer an alternative that allows you to give it a star rating without having to leave the app you're using.
This seems like it should be a win-win for users and developers. Custom prompts would push users to the App Store, which was frustrating and pointless, but now users can decide whether or not to leave a rating, press a button and get right back into the action. It was an inconvenient system and many users just ignored the prompts.
Users will also be able to opt out of receiving pop-ups entirely.
What's more, there are other options out there for developers who absolutely, positively need to release an app starring Pepe the Frog - the Google Play Store is much more lax, and has plenty of content featuring the character. This, however, does have some downsides to consumers as well. Now, there's evidence that Apple has banned the amphibian outright, as the company has rejected an app called Pepe Scream. If an app has recently undergone significant changes then it might be more hard to find relevant reviews unless users take the time to write reviews without being prompted.