This is a WARNING post, to ALERT you, the readers of the iPhoneography blog that there may be, and I repeat may be, a bunch of scam apps currently appearing in the App Store.
So far, 3 questionable apps have been spotted by the eagle eyed Mr Timney, and in all 3 cases they have similar names, similar icons, don't do as advertised, and in 2 of the 3 cases, even use the same screenshots in the App Store descriptions!!
The 3 apps currently in question are...
Whilst this is not the first, nor last time, that scam apps have made it in to the App Store, it does once again bring in to question Apple's app approval process, and the misuse of promo codes, as it is being reported that on the day of release, these apps attracted a number of possibly fake 5 star reviews, quickly followed by what would appear to be genuine user 1 star reviews, with comments being left in the App Store like:
- "This does not work. All you can do is put lame overlays on top and boring frames around it. Nothing like the examples. Please fix bug! Save the 2.00."
- "Clearly someone at the company is just giving this app 5stars. The UI does not look like it does in the screen shots. No support for square format. It works like a super crappy wallpaper maker that has like 10 options/"effects". DO NOT BUY!!!"
- "This app is false advertisement. The screen shots are NOTHING like the app and it does not do anything that is advertised!!"
- "this app looks nothing like the screenshots. they just stole my dollar, basically"
- "This advertisement is totally false!!! do not buy!!!"
I am sufficiently satisfied that these apps are of a questionable nature, hence this post, and the good news is, Apple are aware of these apps, and are currently investigating them.
Based on this screenshot, this looks like another one to be aware of.
Icons look familiar? You might get more than you expected if you buy this app.