One of the popular ways that scammers use to trick users into downloading and paying for fake apps on the iTunes App Store would be to submit their app with legitimate screenshots, and then switch them out once they have been approved to resemble another popular app. Scams for Pokemon and Minecraft have been brought to light in the past and it looks like Apple is finally doing something about it. The Cupertino company has announced a new policy in which screenshots submitted along with the app will be locked, meaning scammers will have a harder, if not impossible time of performing ye’ old bait-and-switch. According to the new policy outlined by Apple:
Beginning January 9, app screenshots will be locked in iTunes Connect once your app has been approved. New screenshots may be uploaded when you submit a binary for an update to an existing app or a new app. For more information on capturing and using screenshots, read the Xcode User Guide.
Hopefully this will cut down on the scams in the future. In the meantime have any of our readers out there been scammed by this method in the past?