Apple has been never seen doing something this sort of. It is understandable that Apple want older iPhone users to upgrade to latest iPhone model this Christmas, but it is not expected this way. Earlier on every iPhone release, Apple used to send emails to users announcing the release in users’ country. This time around though, Apple seems to have changed its strategy.
This stunt by Apple is not being welcomed by users in obvious manners. A thread started on Reddit suggest that there are a number of users who saw this ad starting from Friday. Apple Insider has reported that the ads are seen only after upgrading to iOS 9.2 but I can confirm that this is not the case. I saw the pop up on my iPhone 4s which is running iOS 9.0.2.
It makes sense to guess that Apple started showing this pop up from Friday, two days after iOS 9.2 was released on Tuesday. I’m not sure what made Apple do this but to me, and a number of users, this is annoying.
A few users suggesting the appearance of iPhone 6s pop-up ad in App Store starting from Friday, 11th December.
Wow, Apple is serving pop-up ads for the new iPhone to people with older models when they open the app store. #gross
— Santa Bigley (@brendonbigley) December 11, 2015
Just got a full screen iPhone 6s ad when I opened up the App Store app. Hope this isn’t the start of a new trend #apple
— David Turnbull (@_davidturnbull) December 11, 2015
Fucking Apple throwing an cliche iPhone 6S ad to pop up in the App Store. Like I plan to get that phone but not when they fucking say so.
— Koisha (@MrFlox888) December 11, 2015
— John Lamb (@johnl2112) December 11, 2015
— Markus Cadonau (@mcadonau) December 11, 2015
Whatever the reason may be, but I’m not okay with Apple or any other company behaving this way. Pop-up and full-page ads are considered the most intrusive and most annoying ad types and a company like Apple doing this is surprising.
Apple could simply use other form of non-intrusive way to suggest users of older generation iPhone to upgrade to the ‘shiny’ new iPhone 6s. And besides, not every iPhone is always capable of upgrading.
After Friday, I haven’t noticed this ad. I guess it was a one time show by Apple to tell the users – “Hey mate, why are you using an old iPhone? Don”t you know there’s a new iPhone out there? Go grab one now!”
Not cool Apple, Not cool!
P.S.: I think I should have clicked on the link. It could be a Christmas gift, may be? I guess that’s why I saw it once only! Looks like I missed the chance. 🙁
Did you see this pop-up too? Let me know what device and iOS you are on.