To get to know these apps in question, he read all the description down to the bottom where the fine print was revealed. Clicking the Account link on the front page of the Mac App Store will do the same. Previously, adopting the new App Store rating API was optional, but Apple is now fulfilling its earlier pledge to eventually make it mandatory. But what's this? The #10 Top Grossing Productivity App (as of June 7th, 2017) was an app called "Mobile Protection: Clean & Security VPN".
Based on recent findings by developer Johnny Lin, as described in an article on Medium, Apple has failed to adequately screen apps that not only are risky, but are scams, resulting in huge monthly charges.
So where did the $80,000 per month figure come from? As long as they are okay with Apple taking 30%.
Lin outlined ways Apple can protect consumers from these duplicitous apps, including refunding its users and reviewing apps more strictly.
Gruber argued that Apple needs to reassess "the effects of allowing developers to buy their way to the top spot in search results".
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Lin explains how unethical developers are abusing Apple's App Store Search Ads platform and "taking advantage of the fact that there's no filtering or approval process for ads, and that ads look nearly indistinguishable from real results".
The pricey subscription offers a "Full Virus, Malware scanner", which Lin notes is technically impossible since all third-party iOS apps are confined to their own app sandbox and hence can't interrogate other installed apps. But that's anecdotal, so I wondered: Where are these revenues coming from?
"For full-time developers like myself, it's such a shock and disappointment to see the wrong behavior being rewarded".
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. "I have hope that Apple will do the right thing eventually, because they're a company with long-term thinking", Lin said. Much like the apps Lin found, "QR code -" is also gaming Apple's App Store search ads.
Lin took a look at some high earning iOS apps and discovered a few suspect apps, many of them with exorbitant subscriptions to which users were seemingly subscribing. "The App Store sandboxing rules mean that anti-virus software couldn't really do anything useful anyway".