Apple limiting how many review pop-ups apps can show
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 16:44
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 prompts.
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.
The language is pretty clear-cut, use the Apple API and stop using custom implementations.
The tipping option is not the only changes in the new App Store policies. Plus, once the user leaves a rating, the prompt will never appear again.
A Redddit user named MrSnrhms on Thursday posted a screenshot of a response from a member of Apple's App Review Board, saying that the app violated Apple's guidelines. The alert can only be presented three times a year (and this is enforced by the system). 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.
Apple is now cracking down on apps that send you notifications to review them on the App Store. While some will view these restrictions as censorship, the fact of the matter is that the company is very up front about its expectations for developers signing up to sell apps on its storefront. People have been annoyed by app review prompts for years, and this update seems to remedy the problem.