Apple settles lawsuit with developer who exposed multi-million dollar App Store scam

App developer and former Pinterest engineer Kosta Eleftheriou came to prominence after exposing several problems with Apple’s App Store, including million-dollar scams by sketchy developers. Eleftheriou filed a lawsuit against Apple last year, but now the developer and the company have reached an agreement to settle the lawsuit.

Kosta Eleftheriou vs. Apple

The case was filed in California Supreme Court in Santa Clara County in March 2021 and was cleared to proceed in January 2022.

As reported by Tech Crunch, Apple and Eleftheriou participated in court appeals with a judge and decided to dismiss the lawsuit. Unfortunately, the terms of the settlement remain unclear at this point, as neither the developer nor Apple has commented on the matter.

Considering Eleftheriou was willing to challenge Apple, it’s hard to imagine the developer would agree to terms that were completely favorable to the company. Over the past two years, Kosta Eleftheriou exposed several fraudulent apps available in the Apple App Store. In some cases, these apps have brought in millions of dollars even though they didn’t perform as promised.

Eleftheriou has always tried to show that despite Apple’s claims that the App Store is a safe place, the company’s digital store has many loopholes through which malicious developers take advantage and take advantage of iOS users with fraudulent apps. . The developer also revealed how many apps have fake reviews to pass off as legit.

He also raised concerns about how easily developers release copies of other apps on the App Store. For those unfamiliar, Eleftheriou is the developer behind FlickType, a popular keyboard app for Apple Watch. Several paid and non-functional FlickType scams were posted on the App Store, and Apple only removed them after Eleftheriou attracted media attention.

The App Store has other problems

Since then, Apple has updated the App Store guidelines with new rules against fraudulent apps. The company has also added a “Report a problem” button to the App Store, but there’s still a lot to do. Back in February, developer Kevin Archer of the popular Authenticator app complained about how the iOS App Store had multiple “copycats” of his app, but Apple never did much about it.

While Apple doesn’t seem so concerned about developer complaints, it could have a major impact in the future as the US Department of Justice has begun drafting an antitrust lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit is expected to focus on Apple’s anti-competitive practices, particularly regarding the App Store.

According to a recent report, the DOJ is awaiting the final outcome of the Epic Games v. Apple case before proceeding with the lawsuit.

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