Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2012 9:33 AM (in response to brandonmcgarvey)
I also read on a app-dedicated website that not only this, but a "Cydia" scam app appeared on the store recently.
"Cydia" implies that one hacked (jailbroke) their phone. All sorts of scams can get into Cydia and Apple does not review it. People use Cydia to get apps NOT approved by Apple, and as a result: viruses, malware, scams. One of the many reasons jailbreaking is a very horrible idea.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2012 12:00 PM (in response to stevejobsfan0123)
I think he meant that an app named "Cydia" appeared on the App Store which was obviously fake. See here: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/06/16/fake-cydia-app-store/
Scam apps and fake reviews are becoming increasingly common, which probably means that the approval process is automated. There should be a way of reporting fake/scam apps.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2012 12:07 PM (in response to Sevores)
There should be a way of reporting fake/scam apps.
You can: If you discover that an app is a scam, open your email receipt and click the "Report a Problem" link. The app review process is not automated, but they mostly test for crashing, or if the app does not match the description. In spite of this, some apps stil squeeze through. I have seen all of two scams in my whole history searching the App Store.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2012 12:22 PM (in response to stevejobsfan0123)
Yeah, but that only works for apps that you've bought. Things like 'Microsoft Word' from 'Super Real Racing Games' for $9.99 is a pretty obvious scam, yet I can't report it.
These articles do a great job of outlining the problem and the possible solutions:
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2012 12:26 PM (in response to Sevores)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2012 1:44 PM (in response to Sevores)
App advice is where I read more about this mysterious Word 2012 app. They also mentioned the "Cydia" app that appeared recently for $.99. Apple seriously needs to be, well, serious about the approval process if they are going to keep such a closed system. If apps like this continue to slip through, everything they are trying to do with iOS and the apps will fail. iOS will be no different than Android. The hacking and scamming will come to iOS users, if it is not already here.
Just saying... I like my iPad and iPhone and the apps available for it.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2012 6:19 AM (in response to stevejobsfan0123)
I figured this was something that Apple wouldn't typically approve. I wonder if they are using artificial intelligence to approve apps because there are so many being submitted. Maybe they need to hire more people to review apps.