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Apple demands cut of Chinese app 'tips'

Apple demands cut of Chinese app 'tips'

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.

According to a statement issued by Zhihu, after the update of the iOS3.5.3 version app, the tipping feature will be connected to Apple's in-app purchase mechanism, and Apple will take 32 percent as commission. Apple has explained how they need to carefully test and evaluate the apps submitted to ensure they are safe to use and meet all their requirements.

After Apple announced at the recent Worldwide Developers Congress 2017 that it was able to pay developers more than US$70 billion via App Store, experts have come forward to reveal a dissenting truth about the claim.

Chinese app-developers argue that users are simply showing their appreciation by tipping the authors of articles or other content or service providers, but Apple believes tipping is just like buying a song or a piece of video. The app was making $80,000 a month, according to data from marketing firm Sensor Tower. 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.

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The app then, full of typing errors and vague language, offers up a "free trial" which users confirm via the iPhone's Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

"And there is no excuse for Apple not having flagged them after the fact, once they started generating significant revenue". It's baffling that Apple approved apps like this in the first place - perhaps it's a side effect of faster app review times. The app review prompts may seem to be a smaller issue but these are annoying things faced by smartphone and tablet users after every few days. For many legitimate app developers, this is a cumbersome, time-consuming, and capricious process. "One of the problems is that most users don't even know that the top result on their search is a paid ad-they look nearly identical to the actual results". Once the user rates the app he will never see that again.

From there you can manage everything from payment to your subscriptions.

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.

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