THE App store It has thousands of titles, and often, as we have repeatedly commented, some developers have a way of circumventing Ma's guidelines for scamming, stealing information, or simply reaching a larger audience.
An old technique, however, still goes unnoticed by Apple and Google's app store analysis: Companies clone their own apps with different names and descriptions to appear in various search results. In practice, however, they are the same thing.
Recently, a report released by the TechCrunch It exposed an absurd amount of VoIP apps that were sold on the App Store, many of them cloned, which offered the same features. That's right offeredbecause Apple just cleaned their app store.
These apps allow you to purchase a virtual phone number to make calls and send text messages from any region. However, companies selling these services were not concerned with hiding the fact that they sent multiple versions of the same app to the Apple store, which goes against App Store rules.
Among these developers is the TextMe, which operated three different versions of your app: TextMe, TextMe Up and FreeTone, the three performed virtually the same function. Looking at the screenshots of these apps on the App Store, you can see that the company has not even bothered to change the pattern of service advertising images. Similarly, the Phoner, Second Line, and Text Burner apps shared the same developer account, Appsverse, to sell the same service.
As we said, Apple has removed several of these services from the App Store, but there are many clones in other categories. For example, MailPix has released three “different” apps that let you print iPhone / iPad photos at major corporate stores in the United States. All versions do the same thing, but have different names and keywords.
Apple advises in the App Store Review Guidelines that submitting multiple binary codes of the same application is prohibited. In such cases, Ma suggests that the developer consider submitting a single app and provide alternate versions through in-app purchases; She also points out that spam from these apps may be excluded from the developer of your program.