Sketchy ChatGPT App Soars Up App Store Charts, Charges $7.99 Weekly Subscription [Update: Removed]

A sketchy app claiming to be the bot ChatGPT has soared up App Store charts, charging users a $7.99 weekly subscription to use a service that is entirely free to use on the web and seemingly has no affiliation to the actual bot.

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ChatGPT has soared in popularity recently, with some calling it the "iPhone moment" for AI, given its mainstream appeal. ChatGPT can articulate short and long-form responses when given a simple prompt, such as to write an email, essay, message, and more. The bot has seen its popularity grow with students and those in academia who have used it for research and assignments.

ChatGPT is free to use on the web for anyone with an OpenAI account, but it has inspired scammers and sketchy developers to take advantage of its popularity for ill-gained profit. One app in particular, named "ChatGPT Chat GPT AI With GPT-3," gives the impression it is the official app for the ChatGPT bot, but appears to have no affiliation to Open AI, the creators of ChatGPT, or the bot itself.

The app charges users a $7.99 weekly or $49.99 annual subscription to use the bot unlimited times and eliminate intrusive in-app ads. The app and its bot are inconsistent, sometimes providing generic or entirely irrelevant responses to a prompt offered by the user.

The app is currently the second most popular productivity app on the App Store in the United States, indicating it is rather popular. The app has nearly 12,000 ratings, with a number of positive and negative reviews. "This is a fake app," one review said. "This is just faking openai endorsement and more bad stuff," another user said. Despite its suspicious activity, presence, and soaring popularity, the app has passed Apple's ‌App Store‌ review process multiple times since its initial launch three weeks ago.

The developers behind the app, named "Social Media Apps & Game Sports health Run Hiking Runing fitness tracking," have other sketchy apps on the platform, including an "Activity Lock Screen Widget 16" app and "BetterTrack Ride Hike Run Swim" app.

Apple is known to be facing a tough battle against scams and sketchy apps on the ‌App Store‌, with some raking in millions of dollars in revuene. Apple, however, calls the ‌App Store‌ a "trusted platform" where apps are "held to the highest standards for privacy, security, and content."

Update January 10, 11:45 am: The app has been removed from the ‌App Store‌.

Top Rated Comments

cateye Avatar
3 weeks ago
Of course, it's important to remember at a time like this that the main reason Apple wants to retain complete and exclusive control over the App Store and the ability to sell apps to iOS users has absolutely nothing at all to do with money, but rather their laser-like focus on maintaining the safety and, dare we say, exquisite quality of each and every app offered.
Score: 74 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
3 weeks ago
Makes no sense how this one got through Apple's review process. Sketchyness written all over it.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rm5 Avatar
3 weeks ago
How Apple is allowing these apps on the App Store is shocking to me
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
temende Avatar
3 weeks ago
I'm not sure why people would expect Apple to reject this app? 30% of $8/week can add up over time. And Apple isn't a charity.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BradWI Avatar
3 weeks ago
Did they also move the app store review people to the AR/VR team?
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
eulslix Avatar
3 weeks ago
And that's why we don't want to have third party app stores. That's why we pay 30% of our revenue as a commission. So that we have actual qualit... oh wait nevermind
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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