Apple is going to stop app developers from harassing you

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Not all developers out there want your birth certificate and bathing schedule, but enough have proven themselves less than scrupulous over the years, so anything Apple and Google do to help users limit data collection and location tracking is always welcome.

The App Store rating API which was first launched for iOS 10.3 at the beginning of this year is now optional and the company claimed that later it would become mandatory.

Apple is putting a stop to app developers from endlessly spamming their users with review requests.

"Use the provided API to prompt users to review your app; this functionality allows customers to provide an App Store rating and review without the inconvenience of leaving your app, and we will disallow custom review prompt", Apple said in its review guidelines. It's baffling that Apple approved apps like this in the first place - perhaps it's a side effect of faster app review times. So where developers would need users to constantly re-rate apps over time, now they don't have to because one rating can stick for a long time.

If you select "when in use", then the app will only use location services when you're actually using it, which makes a heck of a lot more sense than "Always on" for the vast majority of applications. An app can only display the prompt three times a year, regardless of how often it's been updated. Previously, when a new app version of an iOS app was released, the ratings would be reset to zero since the current App Store only aggerates reviews of the current versions of the software. Users also have the option to completely disable app review prompts inside the iOS Settings app, preventing the prompts from annoying them at all. If an app has recently undergone significant changes then it might be more hard to find relevant reviews unless users take the time to write reviews without being prompted.

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