Apple allows users to tip content creators

Posted June 15, 2017

So I check Sensor Tower for an estimate of the app's revenue, which showed.$80,000 per month? Citing an App Annie report, he added that the App Store had generated twice the revenue of Google's Play Store in the March quarter.

Apple has removed one of its top 10 grossing productivity apps after an independent developer's story about fraudsters' abuse of the App Store's Search Ads functionality went viral. Earlier, Apple used to tax 30 percent for its in-app purchases. "These are the exact sort of apps that the App Store review process should be primarily looking to block", Gruber wrote on his Daring Fireball blog in response to Lin's research. Now the newly updated rules rolled out by Apple will definitely make a change and ease the user's task. Ads display a small blue icon signifying an advertisement, but otherwise, they're almost indistinguishable from search results.

On the other hand, perhaps Apple needs to take a little more time.

Chinese app-developers argue that users are simply showing their appreciation by tipping the authors of articles or other content or service providers, but Apple believes tipping is just like buying a song or a piece of video.

The next hiccup is an in-app offer for a free antivirus trial that brings up Touch ID for verification that also initiates a seven-day auto-renewing subscription for $99.99 a week.

This was the reason why the app came to the attention of Developer Johnny Lin, who has blogged about the App and how Apple let it into the App Store in the first place. That was previously one of the biggest drawbacks of submitting an app review. 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.

Apple has been notoriously opaque about its review process, which has been a source of frustration to many developers over the years. Thousands of high-quality apps saturate the Apple iOS, and out of them, there are some which can charge you large amounts of money for nothing and you may have no clue about it.

The "malware scanning" app Lin spotted that aggressively pushes users to a $99.99 weekly subscription. Subscriptions are astonishingly easy to opt into via TouchID and exceedingly hard to cancel (PSA: instructions here). Apple Music and iCloud subscriptions, plus third party subscriptions on the App Store, exceeded 165 million.