MacRumors (yes, another report from them today) that Apple has made a policy change in the iOS App Store that now forbids anyone redeeming an application download with a promo code, from leaving a review. Reportedly, this change has been made so developers cannot use their promo codes to artificially boost their ratings in the […]
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Apple Changes App Store Policy: If You Get an App via Promo Code, You can No Long Leave a Review

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MacRumors (yes, another report from them today) that Apple has made a policy change in the iOS App Store that now forbids anyone redeeming an application download with a promo code, from leaving a review. Reportedly, this change has been made so developers cannot use their promo codes to artificially boost their ratings in the store, and thus, the likelihood of their app being seen.

That said, things are still a little iffy, with the report claiming that some users trying to file a review with a promo code are in fact getting through, while others are outright being rejected. This suggests that either Apple is still setting things up for universal rejections, or that some applications will be immune to this new rule.

Seems fair enough to me. If developers were in effect cheating, by handing out their promo codes (essentially free apps) in exchange for good ratings, then they’re missing the point of the promo code altogether. Removing their right to write a review disarms that situation.

Image courtesy of MacRumors.

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