Apple and Epic Video games are presently going at it over Apple’s insistence on corporations utilizing its App Store and, in flip, taking a minimize of all gross sales. You’ll suppose that with that exclusivity, the iPhone maker would make sure that all apps on the platform comply with the foundations, but it surely seems that isn’t the case.
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Revealed by app analysis Kosta Eleftheriou, the UPNP Xtreme app (which has since been faraway from the App Store) was an app that supposedly gave folks a approach to stream content material from their telephone to their TV, however so as to even use the app, you needed to first depart a evaluate.
Not solely is evaluate requests at launch a no-no with Apple, however the app builders had it so that you couldn’t depart a 1- or 2-star evaluate, which you’ll see beneath.
The app is now not out there, however The Verge was additionally capable of affirm the evaluate immediate earlier than it was eliminated. The app had over 15 million downloads and Eleftheriou says the app has made “thousands and thousands.”
This blatant oversight from Apple additionally has folks questioning how one thing like this made it by way of Apple’s moderation instruments and crew. This isn’t obscure or hard-to-find, it actually begins breaking the foundations upon launching the app.
Additional into the Twitter thread, Eleftheriou states, “In the event you suppose you’ll be able to belief App Store rankings, you haven’t been paying sufficient consideration. […] The worst half? This trick is EXTREMELY simple for any developer to do, and never restricted to this app.”