Kosta Eleftheriou, who earlier requested Apple to take motion in opposition to pretend opinions and scores on App Retailer, has now reported one other rip-off app on iOS App Retailer. The app claims to be ‘Really useful By Apple,’ and prices as much as $9.99 per week from customers.
Developer Eleftheriou has been taking a dig at Apple ever for the reason that clone model of his Fleksy took over the watchOS App Retailer. The developer questioned Apple about why the clone model of his apps had higher scores on App Retailer, though they charged exorbitant charges and had the identical performance.
He requested Apple why are there such apps on the App Retailer, regardless of App Retailer’s “robust” overview course of. Since then, the developer has charged a lawsuit in opposition to Apple, claiming the corporate deliberately delayed his app overview course of to purchase his app. Eleftheriou has been bringing sure rip-off apps to consideration, difficult Apple to enhance the state of the App Retailer.
I do not know what’s worse about this app:
– “Translated” pretend opinions
– “Really useful by Apple” popups in Safari
– https://t.co/Kq5lRrKCWc contact electronic mail
– Clean web site, registered in India
– $9.99/week subscription
– Grossing $1M (!) a month
What’s Apple even doing?? pic.twitter.com/5oUBCJ2GNh
— Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou) April 7, 2021
The developer highlighted one other app, by the title of “Privateness Assitant: StringVPN,” that methods customers to purchase the VPN service utilizing Apple’s in-app buying system and prices charges as excessive as $9.99/week. The app additionally has a banner “Really useful By Apple” on its App Retailer listing. Furthermore, Eleftheriou has reported that the app doesn’t even work and even its web site is only a clean web page.
Eleftheriou has highlighted that the app has once more relied on the paid, pretend opinions and scores to maneuver up within the search listings. The vast majority of opinions reward the app as being “good” and say it provides “the very best expertise ever.” Nonetheless, some customers who genuinely purchased the app pondering it could work, claims that the VPN by no means connects. One consumer, who paid $89.99 for the app’s yearly subscription, stated this:
“They didn’t present the totally different fee choices for weekly or month-to-month. Yearly was the one possibility. I’m reporting to Apple to get a refund. There is no such thing as a technique to contact them straight, and there aren’t any opinions after I did a Google search on this App… It tries to appear to be a “strongVPN” app, which has many optimistic opinions.”
Eleftheriou notes that the app is grossing round $1 million monthly by scamming iOS customers, and has even made it to the highest 50 App Retailer’s Utilities class.
App Retailer has been within the limelight for fairly a while now, and never in a great way. The shop has been accused of many malpractices, however the builders have needed to depend on it solely since Apple doesn’t provide any approach of sideloading apps on the iPhone. The scenario turns into all extra complicated since solely two days in the past, Tim Prepare dinner touted that the App Retailer has one of many stringent overview processes, and stated that Apple verifies the content material that goes on to the App Retailer.
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