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Apple looks to rid App Store of ‘rip-off’ scam apps that trick users into paying large sums

Mashable 19 Feb 2021 10:14
Apple cracks down on App Store scammers who trick users into high-priced purchases and in-app subscriptions .
Apple cracks down on App Store scammers who trick users into high-priced purchases and in-app subscriptions .
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App Store developers that charge exorbitant prices for their apps or in-app purchases better have a good reason to justify it.

Apple is looking to crack down on apps that's prices “do not reflect the value of the features and content offered to the user.” Basically, if Apple thinks a developer is charging too much for their app or in-app purchases, the company will reject the app from inclusion in the App Store.

These details come from an anonymous app developer who forwarded the email they received from Apple to 9to5Mac.

“Charging irrationally high prices for content or services with limited value is a rip-off to customers and is not appropriate for the App Store,” reads the rejection email Apple sent to the tipster.

Apple confirmed to Mashable that during its app approval process, the company will reject applications that try to rip-off its users. Apple reiterated that the purpose of its App Store Review Guidelines is to keep the App Store a safe and trusted platform for its users to download apps.

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