In February, 9to5Mac reported that the favored Authenticator app was dealing with iOS copycats. On the time, complaints concerning the App Retailer assessment course of have been rising. However six months from there, it doesn’t appear a lot has modified as 2Stable builders are actually dealing with the identical subject, elevating the elemental query of Apple’s App Retailer as a gatekeeper from scammers and “a spot you’ll be able to belief.”
Authenticator app creator Kevin Archer posted a Twitter thread concerning the subject. He writes:
Scammers are on the App Retailer once more with a brand new developer account, however the identical app and naturally weekly subscription. They’re utilizing the identical technique, requesting a assessment within the onboarding stage to get extra scores, the identical 5 screens [as his app], and a weekly subscription on the finish.”
In a couple of sentences, even the extra naive Apple clients know that even when Archer wasn’t coping with a copycat, this app would already be infringing a couple of App Retailer insurance policies.
What impresses Archer is that the scammer developer didn’t even “change the design or textual content of their important display. It’s equivalent to the outdated model that they copied from our app. The identical web site format that they used up to now for his or her privateness coverage and the contact type” can also be used right here.
The scammers are utilizing unfair methods, particularly, simulating or shopping for downloads for particular key phrases on App Retailer, and in the meanwhile the app is climbing positions. Quickly, increasingly more customers will get scammed for $239/yr.
Not solely that is the second time in six months that the builders face this subject, however this reveals how little Apple is dedicated to altering its strategy to keep away from rip-off apps and pretend builders’ accounts. With only a “Report a Downside” choice for Authenticator creators to attempt to attain Apple, this hurts small enterprise entrepreneurs as they’ll’t pay for particular key phrases within the App Retailer search – or purchase downloads, as these copycats are doing.
9to5Mac’s Tackle App Retailer rip-off over 2Stable’s Authenticator app
It’s irritating how Apple offers with scammers. Now and again, we report tales about multimillion-dollar rip-off apps on the App Retailer. Greater than as soon as, the corporate “mistakenly” featured these functions on its retailer.
As Apple faces lawsuits throughout the globe, with the Epic vs. Apple case being one of the high-profile disputes over the corporate’s App Retailer energy, Apple must do extra to make the App Retailer the place clients can actually belief.
Final October, Apple introduced again the Report a Downside hyperlink to assist combat scams with two important enhancements, however because it’s the one instrument accessible to get in contact with the App Retailer staff, builders struggles till Apple lastly takes these rip-off apps down or finish these pretend dev accounts.
Lastly, don’t overlook to verify 2Stable’s unimaginable Authenticator app on the App Retailer right here and learn our story concerning the app right here.
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