Apple now allows tipping for content creators but with 30% tax

Apple now allows tipping for content creators but with 30% tax

Apple now allows tipping for content creators but with 30% tax

When it comes to in-app purchases, Apple already gets a part of that money, and then the rest goes to the app developer. As he said in his blog, "I was one Touch ID away from a $400 A MONTH subscription to reroute all my internet traffic to a scammer". The App Store estimates Mobile Protection was downloaded some 50,000 times in April alone.

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.

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". According to marketing data firm Sensor Tower, the bogus app delivers more or less US$80,000 each month in revenue.

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In response to the new policy, Chinese companies behind popular apps such as Jinri Toutiao, Zhihu and Yingke have all changed the way customers tip through the latest versions of their Apps.

Turns out, scammers are abusing Apple's relatively new and immature App Store Search Ads product. They're taking advantage of the fact that there's no filtering or approval process for ads, and that ads look nearly indistinguishable from real results, and some ads take up the entire search result's first page.

"Your app contains images and references of Pepe the Frog, which are considered objectionable content", an Apple App Review Board employee wrote in a rejection notice to Spirit Realm, Vice's Motherboard confirmed.

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In exchange for activating a new revenue stream for app developers and content creators, Apple placed a 30 percent tax on voluntary tips.

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

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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. Unfortunately, Apple has no filter to sift through search ads as of now.

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