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Apple changes policy and locks in screenshots once an app is approved

0. phoneArena 09 Jan 2013, 18:31 posted on

Apple announced a change on its Developer Portal on Wednesday that is designed to prevent scam artists from pulling the bait and switch routine by submitting an app with screenshots from a non-descript game and then swapping it out once the app is approved with screenshots from a popular game; this recently occured when a pair of fake Halo 4 apps were sold in the App Store...

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posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:42 11

1. tedkord (Posts: 5129; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Good move.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:50 4

2. downphoenix (Posts: 2378; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Agreed. One thing Apple does have over Android in this regard is a speedier response to stuff like this.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 21:14 4

6. joey_sfb (Posts: 3120; 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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 22:00

8. sprockkets (Posts: 1310; 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...

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:30

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?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 21:57

7. thmst30 (unregistered)


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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:52 1

5. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I like this change in policy.

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