Apple changes policy and locks in screenshots once an app is approved
Apple has come up with a plan to battle these scammers and has changed its policy as discussed in the Developer Portal. Starting immediately, app screenshots will be locked in to the images used at the time that Apple puts its stamp of approval on the app submission. This rule would prevent those naughty bait and switchers from turning a pedestrian app into the hottest video games available. And while Apple does pull the app and refund the money once the ruse is discovered (which it always is), the policy change is sure to weed out some of these phoney apps in advance.
source: Apple via TUAW
2. downphoenix (Posts: 1987; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Agreed. One thing Apple does have over Android in this regard is a speedier response to stuff like this.
6. joey_sfb (Posts: 1477; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
This happened like weeks ago and the apple fan claim speedier response compare to Android.
downphoenix, there no such reporting on play store to begin with. People like you give apple fans a bad name.
8. sprockkets (Posts: 668; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Yes, if only the person who approved the app actually, um, checked it as apple is so proud of their curated app store...
4. firelightx (Posts: 71; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
Do they have any system in place for approving picture changes afterwards? What happens to legit apps that simply redesign their UI, or come out with a new feature? Is there a policy in place for them?
I see why Apple made this move, I just hate to see a couple "bad eggs" ruining it for everyone, you know what I mean?
7. thmst30 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
If they update their app that has to be approved as well does it not? So I assume the new updated app would then have updated screenshots. I don't think it will be an issue.