Update 11/02 – In a statement sent to the site The Verge, Apple claims to take ” seriously »Comments and feedback regarding fraudulent activity that may appear on social media and elsewhere. The manufacturer explains that “ investigation “And that” acts At each report.
We do not tolerate fraudulent activity on the App Store, and we have strict rules against apps and developers who attempt to cheat the system. In 2020, we deleted over half a million developer accounts for fraud, and deleted over 60 million user reviews that were considered spam.
The figure of 60 million is also present on the page Apple’s website touting the store.
Apple specifies that its anti-fraud team is working ” actively “To eliminate apps guilty of rule violations, and improve” constantly »The review process.
Article original, 09/02 — Finding a place in a store with 2 million applications is not easy, but when you are shamelessly copied, it becomes an impossible mission. This is the experience recounted on Twitter by Kosta Eleftheriou, the creator of a virtual keyboard for Apple Watch.
The App Store has a big problem👇
You: an honest developer, working hard to improve your IAP conversions.
Your competitor: a $2M/year scam running rampant.
— Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou) January 31, 2021
Kosta Eleftheriou, who still managed to break through in the past with Flexible, says his app FlickType has been copied by several developers motivated solely by greed. Not only did the clones not work properly, they cost a crazy price. KeyWatch, a real scam, had a subscription for $ 8 per week.
The worst part is that these parasitic apps were more visible on the App Store than FlickType, because their creators showered them with false positive reviews to make them gain popularity. According to Kosta Eleftheriou, fraudsters even used promotional videos from her app to advertise. According to the developer, KeyWatch was able to generate more than $ 2 million.
Following the media coverage of this case, Apple removed several offending apps from the App Store, but for Kosta Eleftheriou, the problem remains. “The problem has grown so much that the ratings and reviews make it worse. This system gives consumers a false sense of security and wrong advice on apps ”, he said in an interview with The Verge.
This pitfall does not date from today, many developers have been complaining about it for years without anything really changing. Apple is content with just a little sweeping when the pressure mounts, but this is at least as big a problem as the 30% commission the company has. ended up hearing. Apple must effectively fight against fake reviews, review the search engine algorithm which is currently duped by clones or even detect parasites more quickly, according to Kosta Eleftheriou.
Scammers often make the “Cancel” button of their purchase prompt a “Where’s Waldo” of sorts.
Other times it only appears after a few seconds.
Here, there just isn’t a way to skip it at all. pic.twitter.com/C0oMo81fkX
— Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou) February 9, 2021
According to him, for Apple to finally take the problem head-on, it would need a competitor to the App Store on iOS: “In an ideal world, competition tends to shake things up, whether it’s pricing or rules. Competition gives birth to new ideas. “ This has recently been seen in the video game industry with the arrival of the Epic Games Store who obliged Steam to wake up.
While waiting for Apple to provide a response to the height, Kosta Eleftheriou’s mission is to point out the parasites of the App Store.