Apple won't let apps annoy you with their own review prompts anymore

Image Pepe Scream  Google Play

That's a huge convenience that may well get a lot more people to leave ratings. The new tool was part of an overhaul of the review policy, which also gave developers the ability to respond to user comments directly - but it wasn't mandatory.

Though the "game" didn't make it past Apple's reviewers, the app is now live in Google's Play Store where there are a handful of other Pepe the Frog apps as well. At the time, developers were allowed to continue using any custom review prompts they had previously implemented, with the warning that such permission would eventually be revoked.

According to new rules, developers can not display the app review prompts whenever they wish too, instead now they have to follow 2 important points before doing so. The modifications to the App Store was first noticed by 9to5Mac.

More importantly, the API limits the number of prompts that can be sent to three a year.

The app in question is a Flappy Bird-style game starring Pepe the Frog except instead of tapping you scream into the phone's microphone.

New language in the App Store Review Guidelines spotted by 9to5 Mac suggests the star-thirsty pop-ups will be handled differently with the new App Store redesign coming with iOS 11.

And if you really hate the review requests?

Two other big omissions of the algorithmic purge on the app store has been the removal of the Top charts tab (demoting it to 2nd click within individual categories) and removing trending searches in the search tab. Once the user rates the app he will never see that again.

Owing to the new update Apple will be able to grab more market in the app sector. Under the old system, apps could try to improve ratings after a bug-fixing update by asking users to revise their score.

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