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Apple Rolls Out ‘Offers In-App Purchases’ Descriptor in the App Store

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We have heard ongoing stories about parents dishing out iPads to their kids, only to be surprised when ‘accidental’ in-app purchases occur (like spending $1500 CDN on virtual donuts). The Guardian now reports Apple has implemented a small change to all paid and freemium apps within the App Store to add the line “Offers In-App Purchases,” which can only be seen within iTunes at this moment in time.

Apple told The Guardian this change makes it easier for people to know about possible purchases within apps in advance:

Apple confirmed to The Guardian that the message is a new addition to the App Store. Its location – directly below the icon and “Free” button on each app’s page – makes it even easier for people to identify that an app uses in-app purchases (IAP) before downloading it.

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Apple has been constantly dealing with issues involving in-app purchases. Last month the company agreed to settle a lawsuit over ‘bait apps’ that caused extended unwarranted in-app charges.

For the savvy parents out there, you probably have already turned on restrictions for in-app purchases in iOS settings. How to get there? Easy:

Settings > General > Restrictions > Toggle OFF In-App Purchases.

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  • jabohn

    I don’t know how new this is too, but a new game I downloaded had a message pop up warning me about in-app purchases and how to disable it. I’ve never seen that before.

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