Bad apps: Apple needs to clean up its App Store house

Bill Mount

People always say to the Macalope, “Oh, Macalope, you only defend Apple, you never criticize Apple.” And “Oh, Macalope, you’re such an Apple apologist.” And “Oh, Macalope, seriously, how do you type with hooves? It makes no sense. You wouldn’t be able to get enough articulation to be able to-” […]

People always say to the Macalope, “Oh, Macalope, you only defend Apple, you never criticize Apple.” And “Oh, Macalope, you’re such an Apple apologist.” And “Oh, Macalope, seriously, how do you type with hooves? It makes no sense. You wouldn’t be able to get enough articulation to be able to-”

OKAY, THIS INTERVIEW IS OVER.

The horny one will say it again for the people in the back: all he asks is that people criticize Apple logically about things that actually matter. Is that so hard? Sometimes it seems like it’s impossible, like there’s a law of freakin’ thermodynamics against it. Or even regular thermodynamics.

This week, however, we do have something good to complain about and complain about it we shall. Take that, thermodynamics!

Hate you so much.

Developer Kosta Eleftheriou has been on a tear lately identifying scammy apps on the App Store after discovering a ripoff of his own app, FlickType. The ripoff artists used Eleftheriou’s own video to push their app, which immediately requests you pay $8 per week to unlock it.

Oh, and the app does nothing. There’s also that.

Eleftheriou has found multiple apps that exhibit the same scammy behavior, using paid reviews to push non-functional apps that charge exorbitant weekly fees. And they make millions of dollars a year off of it.

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