Apple’ App store is plagued with some top utility apps on the App Store that are making millions of dollars by using dark patterns, tricking users into signing up for subscriptions. While subscriptions have been the mainstay for Apple and App developers, accounting for $10.6 billion in consumer spending on the App Store in 2017, and poised to grow to $75.7 billion by 2022. But some top utility Apps are gaming the system by taking advantage of subscriptions in order to trick users into signing up for expensive and recurring plans. They do this by intentionally confusing users with their app’s design and flow, by making promises of “free trials” that convert after only a matter of days, and other misleading tactics.
Read how some top iOS App are minting millions by fooling users on Techcrunch.