Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Apple is going to stop app developers from harassing you

Apple is going to stop app developers from harassing you

It also serves as a check against nuking one's review score, if a lot of users who previously reviewed can't be prompted again for a year.

Not all developers out there want your birth certificate and bathing schedule, but enough have proven themselves less than scrupulous over the years, so anything Apple and Google do to help users limit data collection and location tracking is always welcome.

Apple is putting a stop to app developers from endlessly spamming their users with review requests. The changes were first spotted by 9to5Mac. Apple introduced the rating prompt a few months ago, but it's been optional up until now.

- Use the provided API to prompt users to review your app; this functionality allows customers to provide an App Store rating and review without the inconvenience of leaving your app, and we will disallow custom review prompts.

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Analysts say that by making tipping an "in-app purchase", Apple is aiming to make more money out of Chinese users.

One of the most annoying things about iOS gaming is the prompt to review apps. Now Apple has kept its words and made the latest version of App Store Review Guide makes it mandatory for developers to use App Store rating API. 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.

- App Store customer reviews can be an integral part of the app experience, so you should treat customers with respect when responding to their comments. If a user does go through, a Touch ID prompt box pops up for authentication, but states that the user will pay $99.99 for an automatically renewing seven-day subscription.

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