Former Apple executive rips the App Store
Former Apple executive rips the App Store

In the past few days we’ve had some interesting horror stories about the Apple App Store and certain iOS apps. These were discovered by the FlickType inventor Kosta Keleftheriou Who has their own problems with Apple. In fact, the company that Kleleftheriou runs with its business partner is suing Apple after promoting FlickType copycat apps and scams.

Former Apple executive says the App Store is falling apart at the seams

On Friday, Michael Gartenberg, former senior director for global product marketing at Apple, tweeted some comments on the App Store. Gartenberg, who works as a tech analyst for Gartner, said on the App Store yesterday: “In my opinion, the often lauded ecosystem is breaking at the seams.” He also stated that he hopes “Apple will get together soon”.

Both the App Store and the Google Play Store seem to be struggling to keep malware off their respective app store fronts and protect their users from paying ridiculously high prices for apps that offer features that are available for free on other apps. Apple and Google should do their best to ensure that their valued customers are not betrayed by bad actors.

The App Store in particular has been labeled a monopoly, with users accusing Apple’s walled garden of keeping app prices higher than they should be. That’s because Apple’s 30% cut in in-app payments caused some developers to raise their prices. And while Google is cutting in-app payments by 30%, users with Android can download apps from a third-party app store from the site, while Apple doesn’t.

Apple’s App Store is also the center of another legal issue involving Epic Games, the developer of the popular Fortnite game. Players who purchased a special in-app currency for the game were asked by Epic to pay less for the currency through their own payment platform. This violated Apple’s own rules, which prevent apps listed in the App Store from offering their own in-app payment system.

Due to Epic’s actions, Apple removed the game from the App Store and led Epic to take legal action against Apple. Speaking of apps, what are the strangest ones you can install on your phone? Find out here.


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