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15 June 2017

It was available from a seller named on the site as "Ngan Vo Thi Thuy" and despite the outrageous price, the app has managed to make it onto the app store's top earners list for the past two months.

The notion that something like this appears in the App Store - which Apple is supposed to keep close tabs on - is noting short of infuriating and inexcusable. Apple takes a 30% cut on every purchase, from the App Store or in-app.

At WWDC, Apple reported that they've paid out $70 billion to developers, with 30% of that ($21 billion!) in the a year ago. Lin's piece specifically hones in on an app called Mobile protection:Clean & Security VPN.

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Lin said that in spite of the poor grammar and punctuation associated with the VPN app's title and description, the app was bringing in $80,000 a month in revenue, according to Sensor Tower, an app analytics platform. Alas, Apple's beloved App Store is itself home to a selection of scamware apps that essentially provide zero utility and are expressly created to con unsuspecting users out of their hard-earned money. Tapping on the trial offer then threw up a Touch ID authentication prompt containing the text "You will pay $99.99 for a 7-day subscription starting Jun 9, 2017".

Shady developers are gaming the App Store's policies and its search ads to get users to download apps that trick them into paying for subscriptions for scam apps. It's basically a Flappy Bird clone that you control with your voice, which sounds utterly terrible, so maybe Apple's decision to reject it was just as much about quality as it was about content. The answer, according to the report, is search ads. Unfortunately, Apple has no filter to sift through search ads as of now. That was previously one of the biggest drawbacks of submitting an app review. Still, that less reputable app developers would use these tactics in the first place is both predictable and entirely preventable. For many legitimate app developers, this is a cumbersome, time-consuming, and capricious process. It's one of the most egregious things an app developer can do, but Apple now plans massively restrain the review prompt system to help protect users. Once the user rates the app he will never see that again.

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.

Apple Now Allows Users to Tip with In-App Purchases