Friday, 28 July, 2017

Apple won't let apps annoy you with their own review prompts anymore

Lori Graves | 13 June, 2017, 11:45

If an app pushes an update that's really bad and a user rates it negatively, developers won't be able to prompt the user to write a new review once any issues have been fixed if the update falls within a year of the first review.

This has now changed with the addition of one of its new rules, stating that tipping is considered "an in-app purchase", and must undergo Apple's internal App Store payment system.

It is important to note that Apple cracked down on unofficial tipping, which was a way around the 30 percent fee on in-app purchases by highlighting how the tips were donations rather than actual purchases.

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The new App Review guidelines compel developers to use the official in-app rating UI that was added in iOS 10.3, and plans to "disallow custom review prompts" in the future.

Apple launched their new operating system, the iOS 11, at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, which happened from June 5 to 9. If the user decides not to leave a rating or a review, they won't have to see it over and over again every time they open the app. To note, companies such as Uber and Waze will continue to receive data about a user's location at a certain point of time as long as the location tracking feature is enabled.

The second restriction is on how often that prompt can show up. Among the many ways that our apps get on our nerves is when they repeatedly pressure us to leave a review in the App Store, but as of this week, Apple is cutting back on those annoying prompts significantly. That was previously one of the biggest drawbacks of submitting an app review. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter for updates and his random thoughts on the latest trends in gaming, tech, and comic books.

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