iOS 7.1.1 Adds ‘In-App Purchases’ Label to App Store Top Charts

If you have already installed today’s iOS 7.1.1 update, you will now notice applicable titles in the App Store’s top charts labeled with ‘in-app purchases’, as seen below:

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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Apple add ‘in-app purchase’ descriptors to the App Store. The company rolled out descriptions within individual listings last year and also tried to educate customers with a dedicated page about in-app purchases. But of course, there’s always somebody’s kid that somehow manages to charge up ‘unauthorized’ in-app purchases, like this one where a $6,000 bill occurred (Apple refunded the amount).

Apple has been plagued with in-app purchase problems, as the company has already settled an unauthorized purchases lawsuit and also agreed to recently refund $32.5 million to parents as part of an FTC settlement.

Today, the company also notified developers of upcoming changes to app descriptions, including the following:

New App Content Descriptions
You can now use the following descriptions: Medical/Treatment Information, Gambling and Contests, and Unrestricted Web Access (for apps that permit navigating and viewing web pages, for example with an embedded browser).

Update to Territory-Specific Restrictions Based on Rating
Territory-specific restrictions in the Korea, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia App Stores have changed. You can see the current rating and territory restrictions for your apps in Manage Your Apps on iTunes Connect.

New Rating System for the Brazil App Store
The Brazil App Store now issues a Brazil-specific rating for games to ensure compliance with local regulations. The Brazil-specific rating is automatically generated from your existing content description on iTunes Connect and will appear next to the existing rating information displayed on your app’s page in the App Store.

There’s only so much a company can do but when it comes down to it, parents need to just enable restrictions and lock down in-app purchases and not give unfettered iPhone or iPad access to their kids. How to do it? Easy:

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

[via MacRumors]

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  • Anon

    “Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > Toggle OFF In-App Purchases.”

    Apple should have this toggled off by default, as it’s way too complicated for the typical tech illiterate iPhone user. In fact, I think they should remove in-app purchases all together, and force app devs to charge an upfront fee for a ‘complete’ app.

  • Chrome262

    While I agree with the up front pricing (and this seems to be a step in that direction), I think people who are too stupid (actually its probably lazy) to know how to use their phone deserve to be ripped off. Oh and it should be something in the beginning when you start your phone, asking if you want it on or off, like location services. Or when you first launch the app store.

  • Kirk

    Lol agreed. There’s TONS of people out there that don’t know squat about their own smartphones and just pick it up because it’s “cool”.

  • Chrome262

    To be fair I have rushed through terms and conditions as well as popups telling me if its ok if things are turned on. And I can see the default being ON could cause some issues. And in Apples favour, it is easier to find some of these settings then on and Android device, had to do something similar for my Mom, OMG there are just to many settings menus, and different ones.

  • Chrome262

    BTW, have had issues with this update on some apps. Especially ones with locations services, had to turn them off because they were constantly on.

  • LTRMcrew

    It’s not necessary for kids to have/know the Apple ID password. Boom problem solved… I’m a parent with 2 kids 4,7 I teach them never to click buy/purc etc AND they don’t know the Apple ID password