Apps are the beating heart of our smartphones.
Pepe the Frog is reportedly banned from the Apple App Store. Among the many ways that our apps get on our nerves is when they repeatedly pressure us to leave a review in the App Store, but as of this week, Apple is cutting back on those annoying prompts significantly.
In response to the new policy, Chinese companies behind popular apps such as Jinri Toutiao, Zhihu and Yingke have all changed the way customers tip through the latest versions of their Apps.
App Store policy has been updated to mandate use of Apple's standardized rating API going forward, disallowing custom review prompts.
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According to new rules, developers can not display the app review prompts whenever they wish too, instead now they have to follow 2 important points before doing so.
Developers aren't entirely miffed about the change (first highlighted by 9to5mac), because the API allows for submitting app reviews without having to leave the app. A user can only receive the prompt three times per year. Once the user rates the app he will never see that again. It may even make people more interested in leaving a review, because it can be done without exiting the app and because it means they'll be done with the prompt for good.
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.