Apple demands cut of Chinese app 'tips'

People have been annoyed by app review prompts for years, and this update seems to remedy the problem.

New language in the App Store Review Guidelines spotted by 9to5 Mac suggests the star-thirsty pop-ups will be handled differently with the new App Store redesign coming with iOS 11.

Not all developers out there want your birth certificate and bathing schedule, but enough have proven themselves less than scrupulous over the years, so anything Apple and Google do to help users limit data collection and location tracking is always welcome.

Apple is now cracking down on apps that send you notifications to review them on the App Store. Lin details how unethical developers are taking advantage of App Store tools and policies to bilk unsuspecting iOS users, and he offers suggestions for how Apple can solve the problem. It was an inconvenient system and many users just ignored the prompts. 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.

Apple is putting a stop to app developers from endlessly spamming their users with review requests.

If you select "when in use", then the app will only use location services when you're actually using it, which makes a heck of a lot more sense than "Always on" for the vast majority of applications. And once a user has left a rating, they'll never see it again. And, it will be possible to disable these review prompts entirely starting in iOS 11. 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.

  • Arturo Norris