You could almost be forgiven for thinking that Apple had finally lost the plot. Why would else would some of their biggest selling apps suddenly be appearing in the Android Play Store ? These are not small or insignificant apps, we’re talking about the likes of GarageBand, Key Notes and iPhoto.
Quite simply, they haven’t lost it. This is all a big, very clever scam. The Apps, which come from the iLife and iWorker packages, look extremely credible and are priced anywhere between $5 and $10 each. It doesn’t take a mathematician to work out this could be an exceptionally lucrative little number in a very short space of time.
What should have given the game away, and probably did to those in the know, is that Apple would never pull a stunt like this in the first place and, if they did, it wouldn’t be without press releases and a lot of publicity. After all, a relationship of sorts between Android and Apple has got to be worthy of a fair amount of press coverage in anybody’s eyes.
However, these Apps are convincing and those that have fallen foul of them could be forgiven for being drawn in. Scam or not, a lot of people out there will appreciate it for the way it has been thought out and how well it has been accomplished. Not only have they taken on the identity of Apple, they also direct you to the official Apple home page. You couldn’t et much more convincing than that. Even their email address, firstname.lastname@example.org looks like the real deal and one wonders just how many unsuspecting consumers have been caught out already.
In theory Google should get these apps out of the store very quickly but, in the meantime, anyone that has bought one of them should be able to get a refund fairly promptly.