Apps Can No Longer Use Custom Review Prompts; Apple Mandates Standardized Method

13 June 2017, 07:26 | Myrtle Hill

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A Redddit user named MrSnrhms on Thursday posted a screenshot of a response from a member of Apple's App Review Board, saying that the app violated Apple's guidelines.

Apple won't allow third-party apps to ask you to leave the app altogether, but instead will offer an alternative that allows you to give it a star rating without having to leave the app you're using.

Under the new rules, developers will no longer be able to display review prompts however and whenever they'd like.

Until recently, Apple would delete the previous reviews from an app store listing after it has been updated. 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. They have to use Apple's official API, which allows users to provided a rating from 1-5 stars without actually leaving the app.

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But Apple is also limiting the number of times that the rating prompt can be pushed to users.

The second important point is that the app review prompt will be shown up only 3 times every year irrespective of how often the app has been updated.

The App Store rating API which was first launched for iOS 10.3 at the beginning of this year is now optional and the company claimed that later it would become mandatory.

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



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