Apple places ban on misleading antivirus apps on iOS
Following the unveiling of the new iPhone 8, most people are already thinking of the apps they will download upon getting it, so Apple took a preventive step and updated its developer app review guidelines to make sure its App Store is in great condition. Based on reports made by 9to5 Mac, this move now prevents the download of misleading apps.
The App Store already had policies in place against such apps, but the recent update makes it more specific. The ban was placed against apps “including content or services that it does not actually offer,” like those fake antivirus apps that in reality do not work. Apple also deleted some of these apps from the App Store, but this new guideline makes the ban precise so users won’t be able to get it on their phone in the first place.
In addition to this, the new guidelines also features clauses for the ARKit and Face ID. Apple plans to make the ARKit apps you find in its App Store be more than just one-note apps containing single object, adding that it need to offer “rich and integrated augmented reality experiences.” As for the Face ID, Apple included an alternative unlocking method for children under the age of 13.
It is also now possible for apps to offer 100 percent of funds to be gifted from one user to another without making use of the In-App Purchases, thereby bypassing the need to give 30% of it to Apple.
Finally, the addition of a new clause that specifically prohibits apps that “facilitate human trafficking and/or the exploitation of children.” Although such apps have always been illegal, Apple is simply adding language to make it more precise that it will take legal actions if such apps are found.