According to developer, some of the top free apps on the Mac App Store are just “bait” for in-app purchases

Apps with subscriptions and in-app purchases are getting more popular, and Apple even encourages this practice on the App Store.

However, some developers have taken advantage of this system to get people to pay for programs that are supposed to be free for macOS.

According to developer Jeff Johnson on Twitter, there are some applications among the most downloaded programs in the Mac App Store that are just “bait” to extract money from clients, while being supplied for free.

GCalendar for Google Calendar is one of the programs mentioned by Johnson, and it is now the 40th most downloaded free software from the Mac App Store in the United States.

Anyone may download it for free from the Software Store, but the app is useless until you pay for a license through an in-app payment.

There is no trial period or restricted functionality to allow the user to explore the software before purchasing a license.

Despite this, the app is awarded four stars on the App Store, despite the fact that it has received several unfavorable reviews from actual customers.

The same developer has eight more macOS applications with the same idea available on the Mac App Store.

This developer has 9 apps in the Mac App Store, all of which seem to have the same “business model”: free to download, with In-App Purchase, but the first time you open the app, it demands an upfront one-time purchase, otherwise it doesn’t work at all. No trial, no subscription.

According to Johnson, these developers take advantage of the App Store, which allows anybody to download and review free programs.

This allows them to quickly put the app in the top apps that have been downloaded a lot and have good reviews on the App Store.



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Peter Graham
Peter Graham
Hi there! I'm Peter, a software engineer and tech enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the field. I have a passion for sharing my knowledge and helping others understand the latest developments in the tech world. When I'm not coding, you can find me hiking or trying out the latest gadgets.


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