Apple removes Pepe The Frog game from its App Store

Apple has rolled out massive update for its users

Lin details how unethical developers are taking advantage of App Store tools and policies to bilk unsuspecting iOS users, and he offers suggestions for how Apple can solve the problem.

Fixing its subscriptions requires much more than banning some keywords, though.

With Today's tab, App store editors will be pushing content as part of "Daily Stories" with a new app and game featured as the App of the day along with new lists and other content. Because every app in the App Store has to be approved by Apple, curious consumers can download and try out any number of apps without having to worry about malware, adware, or any other type of issue that Apple likes to claim plagues the Google Play Store.

In a policy update for the App Store that coincides with the iOS 11 developer release, Apple added the following line: "Apps may use in-app purchase currencies to enable customers to "tip" digital content providers in the app".

The app in question was called "Mobile Protection: Clean & Security VPN" and was available on the US App Store for a quite remarkable price of $99 a week.

Lin outlined ways Apple can protect consumers from these duplicitous apps, including refunding its users and reviewing apps more strictly.

For Apple, the tipping is not encouragement for content creators, rather the same as the purchase of game, music and video, which should be classified as in-app purchase, and Apple can take 30 percent as commission.

The app exposes several problems with the App Store now.

Last month, the Cupertino-headquartered company started cracking down on apps with unofficial tipping and showed that the tips were donations instead of purchases.

Apple has been notoriously opaque about its review process, which has been a source of frustration to many developers over the years.

Apple didn't respond to Mashable's request for comment on app subscriptions or whether those who had unwittingly paid exorbitant amounts for app subscriptions would get refunds.

For consumers, Lin suggests reviewing your subscriptions. Search ads ensure it earns the top spot when you search for terms like "qr scanner" or "qr code", giving it more visibility and, to some, credibility than its legitimate counterparts. The modifications to the App Store was first noticed by 9to5Mac.

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