Apple is going to stop app developers from harassing you

To put an end to the app review prompts Apple have designed new rules regarding app review prompts and how frequently the developers are permitted to request them.

Chinese app-developers argue that users are simply showing their appreciation by tipping the authors of articles or other content or service providers, but Apple believes tipping is just like buying a song or a piece of video. Apple introduced the rating prompt a few months ago, but it's been optional up until now.

"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.

Developers aren't entirely miffed about the change (first highlighted by 9to5mac), because the API allows for submitting app reviews without having to leave the app.

But Apple is also limiting the number of times that the rating prompt can be pushed to users. An app can only display the prompt three times a year, regardless of how often it's been updated.

According to new rules, developers can not display the app review prompts whenever they wish too, instead now they have to follow 2 important points before doing so.

Users won't have to leave the app to give a rating for it now.

One of the most annoying things about iOS gaming is the prompt to review apps. If a developer releases a new version of their app, they can not solicit users for a new rating unless it has been at least a year since the user gave a review. Now the entire control of app review prompts is in the user's hand. With iOS 11, developers will be able to preserve their ratings across multiple versions of their apps.

  • Carolyn Briggs