Some apps on Apple’s App Store have employed questionable tactics. Developer Kosta Eleftheriou, who has a reputation for exposing scams on the App Store, has come across apps that will not let users close them by disabling the quit button.
I didn’t think this was possible:— Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou) April 14, 2022
This App Store app immediately asks you for money and then *disables* the “Quit” option so that you can never close it!
And it’s been like that on the App Store for years!https://t.co/DpOLtz9PCd pic.twitter.com/UCnRq2WvnF
These include My Metronome, which has now been removed from the App Store. Some have reported they can’t close it due to the quit button being greyed out and are asked to pay for subscriptions. Other apps are preventing Mac users from shutting off or updating their computers.
The developer behind My Metronome has grossed close to a million dollars. This number could be higher, as another developer uses the same address and has apps with the same tactics.
Maybe more than $2M: https://t.co/4LOM9k59Wl— Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou) April 14, 2022
The Verge confirmed that the quit option was disabled on these apps but found ways of closing them. Keyboard shortcuts nor pressing escaped worked. One app has a window with an “X” button that worked, while another has a small “maybe later” button.
Source: The Verge