Apple claims that it keeps the App Store a safe and trusted place for users to discover apps by detecting and taking action against fraudulent developers and users. Recently, the million-dollar company had to remove a dubious app that refused to function properly until users gave it at least a 3-star rating.
Although the tech giant claims that it has a robust system to keep its users safe from malicious apps, the UPNP Xtreme app, which has now been removed, seemed to have slipped through the cracks in Apple’s App Store review process. The app in question claimed to enable users to stream video to their TVs.
Cracks in Apple’s App Store Review Process
The dubious app was discovered by the app developer and scam app hunter Kosta Eleftheriou who said that the app didn’t allow one to dismiss the rating box. One could not even tap on the 1 or 2-star rating but had to at least give a 3-star rating to be able to access the app.
It is worth noting that the UPNP Xtreme app’s conduct is the opposite of what Apple boasts on its developer site. According to Apple, it is necessary for all app developers to “avoid showing a request for a review immediately when a user launches your app.” Usually, it is only after a one-year time frame that the app developers are allowed to prompt for a rating.
The app clearly violated the App Store’s best practices by forcing users to rate the app before allowing them to use the app.
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Apple has already removed the app from its App Store. The company has accepted that it is not really possible to identify every act of fraud or ill intent before it happens, however, with industry-leading anti-fraud efforts, the company makes sure that App Store remains a safe place to find and download apps.
Apple, in 2020 itself, protected its users from more than $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions by preventing the attempted theft of their money, information, and time. Using experts, the company also claims that it kept nearly a million risky and vulnerable new apps out of its hand