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Apple Cracking Down on Developers Spamming the App Store With Duplicate Apps

Just one day after exposing a handful of developers spamming the App Store with duplicate VoIP apps, a clear violation of the App Store Review Guidelines, TechCrunch reports that Apple has removed many of the apps from the App Store.


However, the report notes that plenty of duplicate apps remain available in other categories, such as photo printing. MailPix Inc., for example, has released three different apps that all offer same-day photo printing at nearby CVS or Walgreens locations. All three apps appear to be virtually identical in functionality.

By releasing duplicate apps on the App Store, developers are able to game the search results by using different names, categories, and keywords.


As the report mentions, the primary issue here is that Apple is not consistently enforcing its App Store Review Guidelines, which warn developers that "spamming the store may lead to your removal from the Developer Program." This can lead to an unfair playing field for developers who do abide by the rules.

With millions of apps on the App Store, it is likely that quite a few other duplicate apps have slipped through the cracks, but hopefully the increased awareness results in Apple cracking down more on these rule-breaking developers.



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20 weeks ago

More proof that Apple does nothing.

If an app on their store steals or destroys your information and you get enough press interest, then they'll consider taking it down.

That's all their customer care amounts to these days.

So you didn't read anything in the article, just felt the need to complain about something completely unrelated?
Rating: 14 Votes
20 weeks ago
More proof that Apple does nothing.

If an app on their store steals or destroys your information and you get enough press interest, then they'll consider taking it down.

That's all their customer care amounts to these days.
Rating: 11 Votes
20 weeks ago

So you didn't read anything in the article, just felt the need to complain about something completely unrelated?


I try to avoid the forum comments here lately. It's become just full of negative people complaining about everything. Many years ago these forums weren't so full of negative folks...

Guess its really true, humans are more motivated online to be negative than positive .
Rating: 9 Votes
20 weeks ago

More proof that Apple does nothing.

If an app on their store steals or destroys your information and you get enough press interest, then they'll consider taking it down.

That's all their customer care amounts to these days.


Thanks for the tears. Sometimes I wish MacRumors would do more to censor away eternally repeating whining.
Rating: 8 Votes
20 weeks ago
create better apps and people will find them.

on a side note, it would be nice if Apple did not discontinue prints from Photos. some of the 3rd party ones are not that great...
Rating: 4 Votes
20 weeks ago
"Apple Cracking Down on Developers Spamming the App Store With Duplicate Apps"

Good. Plus, I soooooo wish Google would do this, as well.

It's not always the same developer. A third-party may provide an open-source app or sell an app to "developers" that they can then put on the app store as their own.
The end result is you have several different developers all selling the same app.

I was searching for a duplicate photo cleaning, and I kept seeing the same app over and over, released by different developers.

Both Apple and Google have this crap, and they both are filled with fake 5-star reviews.
Rating: 4 Votes
20 weeks ago

You're equating spamming apps with email spam? Maybe a false equivalency, but that’s me.


The MacRumor articles I referenced were two separate things: email spam and notification spam. I did that to draw attention to the fact that Apple also spams in their own way. Not a "false equivalency" but a comparison of various methods of spam, some of which Apple finds acceptable and others they do not.
Rating: 3 Votes
20 weeks ago
I'm not sure Apple actually cares about spam, what with the fact that they do it themselves:

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/18/apple-unsolicited-notifications/

https://www.macrumors.com/2019/02/15/apple-music-gift-subscription-friend/

These days actions against shady developers only seems to happen when the media reports it.

On a positive note, maybe it means legitimate apps won't be rejected for providing genuine utility (volume button as a camera shutter incident from years ago comes to mind).
Rating: 3 Votes
20 weeks ago
If only it didn't take a news report for Apple to enforce its own policies.

Maybe Apple should hire some of these journalists full time to help them in the app store.
Rating: 3 Votes
20 weeks ago
When services has become your main means of income
Rating: 2 Votes

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