When Apple released iOS 8 update, it was supposed to fix one major flaw found on older version – to stop unscrupulous ads on websites from redirecting users to the App Store. Unfortunately, it looks like the problem is still prevalent, and is more annoying than ever.
According to the change log on iOS 8, Safari is supposed to “block ads from automatically redirecting to the App Store wither user interaction”. Sadly though, these advertising companies seem to have found a way to break Apple’s protection, and is so bad, it makes browsing on Safari almost impossible.
Of course, if you open a website with such malicious ads, you’re bound to run into such problems. However, as shown above, the user can’t even load websites like Reddit, Reuters, The Verge and such. The test is done on an iPhone running on iOS 8.3 beta, and an iPad running on iOS 8.2.
The user’s phone is not completely unusable of course, only Safari is affected. 9to5mac says that it’s not affecting other mobile browser so if you’re facing a similar problem, you can download Chrome from the App Store, or look for alternates.
Hello. Are you a publisher who uses those popup ads that redirect to the app store? You should be ripped apart by feral hogs. Good morning.
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) March 14, 2015
Fortunately, the problem isn’t showing on my iPhone 6 Plus running on iOS 8.2 and I can still load the listed sites properly. Let’s hope this problem gets fixed before it gets worse. Are you affected by ads redirecting you to the App Store, making it almost impossible for you to browse on Safari?