Apple has recently taken a strict anti-advertisement stance so it seems odd that they would be displaying ads in some of their own apps. But if this screenshot is any indication, it seems the answer to the question is, yes. Yes, Apple seems to be displaying ads within at least one of its own apps.
Users on Reddit have reported that upon opening an Apple app, they were greeted by a full screen advertisement for Apple’s iPhone 6S. Most reports indicate that this happens upon opening the Apple App Store. It also appears to be affecting people using an iPhone 5S and below, in which case, it seems Apple is encouraging these folks to upgrade to the latest Apple hardware, the iPhone 6s.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has been quite vocal on what he thinks of companies who, in his eyes, mine user data and then turn around and provide personalised ads to the user, clearly targeting companies like Google and Facebook. This move is quite unexpected for a company which has led their users to believe that they would never push intrusive advertisements.
We believe the customer should be in control of their own information. You might like these so-called free services, but we don’t think they’re worth having your email, your search history and now even your family photos data mined and sold off for god knows what advertising purpose. And we think some day, customers will see this for what it is.
It’s early to say but this advertisement seems to appear only once – no user has reported seeing it twice. Be that as it may be, it still sets a precedent for Apple, especially given their previous stance on advertisements.
If you’re rocking an iPhone 5s or below and you see this ad, let us know in the comments or on social media and more importantly, let Apple know how you feel over at apple.com/feedback. If enough users condemn this move, Apple will might execute a quick U turn and you’ll stop seeing these ads.Source: Reddit