Share:

Apple Adds “Gift This App” Feature in App Store

Share:

Apple has added a new feature to the App Store. Called “Gift This App”, it will allow you to purchase apps for your family and friends. Here’s how you ‘gift an app” to your friends:

1. Open up iTunes. Navigate to the App Store. Click on any paid app.
2. Click the down next to the price and go to “Gift This App”
3. You’ll be taken to the following screen which you need to fill out:


Here’s a description of the process screen:

Please select how you would like to gift delivered. You can send the gift via email or you can print the gift using your own printer. If you select Print Gift Myself as your delivery method, you will not be able to print the same Gift to multiple recipients. You will have the option to Gift the same item again to a different recipient, however, once the Gift has been purchased. After selecting the method of delivery, please fill out the recipient information and click Continue. The maximum number of characters allowed int he Personal Message field is 500.

You will be able to review your order and make any necessary changes before sending or printing. Your credit card or payment account will be charged when you click the Buy Gift button on the next page (iTunes Store credit cannot be used to purchase a gift). You will receive a confirmation email receipt of purchase and the gift will be emailed to the recipient’s email address(es) you provide in the Recipient’s Email field.

Gifts can only be redeemed in the store country from which they were originated.

Could this be a response by Apple to all those people who bought iTunes gift cards but couldn’t buy Apps?!

Either way, this feature will be handy for parents buying ‘gifts’ for their kids. Or, how about that perfect birthday present for your friends that use iPhones? 99 cents will go a long way! Nothing says “I love you” more than the gift of a premium ‘fart’ app, right?

Will you be using the “Gift This App” feature?

Share:

  • bcb

    this is nice, but will Apple Canada finally allow purchasing apps for yourself using your iTunes account balance or gift card?? Since the app store opened in Canada, you had to use your credit card for apps. Has that policy changed with this new gifting feature??

    a few months ago, the Industry Minister said there's no law preventing app purchase via gift card/account balance – contrary to Apple's original bogus claim. http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4432/196/

    I've not bought an app for a couple weeks, but last time I tried it still charged my credit card rather than deducting from my account. annoying!

  • Yeah we haven't heard about them on this issue. We covered it a while back but it seems right now using your Canadian credit card is still the only way to purchase apps (or using a VISA/MC giftcard CC).

  • “Could this be a response by Apple to all those people who bought iTunes gift cards but couldn’t buy Apps?!”

    Ummm…. no. Still can't purchase apps with an iTunes gift card. This is just another way Apples wants you to part with your money.

  • johnkneematrix

    It has to do with the Canadian taxes. According to one Apple rep in Toronto, he said when using iTunes gift card, taxes can't be applied. Since all apps from the App Store charges taxes, thus a credit card must be used.

  • hub2

    Any other gift card, like those for restaurants, can and will cover any taxes on your purchase.

    It's not an interprovincial commerce thing either–I'm pretty sure Chapters/Indigo gift cards can be used online too, also covering the entire purchase including tax.

    Unless he or Apple can cite the regulation or law preventing them from doing this, I don't buy the rep's explanation.

  • paul

    is there a way of using my itunes account balance to send gifts?

  • No

  • bcb

    #johnkneematrix – I agree with hub2 – I think the Apple rep is just spouting about some ASSUMED tax reason or law. I've yet to see anyone cite a specific legal reason why this annoying policy exists only in Canada. If such a law or regulation exists, why not explain it to consumers? other gift cards in Canada definitely work when taxes are involved.

    if you follow the link to Michael Geist's site I posted in the first comment above, then follow the link there to the blog by the fellow in Edmonton trying to track this down, you'll see that Canada's Industry Minister has said in writing that he knows of no law in Canada that should prevent use of gift cards contrary to what Apple originally claimed. Yet Apple still doesn't offer a real explanation.

    my only guess is that there is some strange restriction in Quebec and Apple doesn't want to special-case purchases in Canada depending on where they originate?

  • hub2

    I'm amazed at the number of contests, promotions and other stuff that are valid in all of Canada except Quebec, so Apple could hardly be faulted for excluding them if it was indeed a Quebec thing.

  • paul

    is there a way of using my itunes account balance to send gifts?

  • Ex

    No

  • bcb

    #johnkneematrix – I agree with hub2 – I think the Apple rep is just spouting about some ASSUMED tax reason or law. I've yet to see anyone cite a specific legal reason why this annoying policy exists only in Canada. If such a law or regulation exists, why not explain it to consumers? other gift cards in Canada definitely work when taxes are involved.

    if you follow the link to Michael Geist's site I posted in the first comment above, then follow the link there to the blog by the fellow in Edmonton trying to track this down, you'll see that Canada's Industry Minister has said in writing that he knows of no law in Canada that should prevent use of gift cards contrary to what Apple originally claimed. Yet Apple still doesn't offer a real explanation.

    my only guess is that there is some strange restriction in Quebec and Apple doesn't want to special-case purchases in Canada depending on where they originate?

  • hub2

    I'm amazed at the number of contests, promotions and other stuff that are valid in all of Canada except Quebec, so Apple could hardly be faulted for excluding them if it was indeed a Quebec thing.

Deals