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Firm introduces changes to limit the number of scam products within the App Store

Apple locks iOS app screenshots

Developers will now be limited on how often they’re able to update screenshots for their products within the App Store as Apple cracks down on fake software and scams.

Apple has prohibited the ability to change app screenshots unless a relevant software update is released in conjunction with the images.

The App Store has long suffered from issues involving fraudulent software, with many users being scammed into downloading malicious content that, which has been disguised as a variety of the store’s most popular titles.

Before the changes were introduced, app developers were able to change the screenshots for their products as often as they wished, provided that Apple had initially given the app its approval.

The new system is being introduced to limit the number of fake apps on the store and effectively reduce the number of its users mistakenly downloading malicious content to their device.

Within a statement detailing the changes, Apple said: "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."

Whilst limiting the number of scammers within the App Store, the changes are also likely to affect genuine developers looking to simply upload new screenshots of their product to their app’s listing.

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