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Instead, there'll be two key restrictions that should reduce headaches for everyone: First, apps will be required to use a new Apple-made review prompt, which allows users to leave a rating without exiting an app.

As noticed by 9to5Mac, a change to the App Store Review Guidelines this week will change the way that review prompts appears within apps.

The updated terms for Apple's App Store now classifies in-app tips under the same category as in-app purchases, legalizing tips that users wish to send to app developers.

App Store policy has been updated to mandate use of Apple's standardized rating API going forward, disallowing custom review prompts. That's a huge convenience that may well get a lot more people to leave ratings.

In the few months since its introduction, adoption of Apple's review prompt API has been slow.

Best of all, the new, official review prompt can only appear three times a year to an app user. But the concern from developers may be the loss of control over when, or how often, that prompt is presented.

If you still dislike the new way of Apple encouraging you to rate apps, you can turn them off altogether by heading into the iOS Settings app.

The app, which was shoddily slapped together with poor English syntax and questionable security-compromising prompts, tells the user that their internet is "not safe" to use. If that results in more reviews - and reviews from users who aren't annoyed about switching apps - that's a good thing for developers, too.


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