in-app purchase

Apple Wants Chinese Messaging Apps to Disable ‘Tip’ Functions

Apple is reportedly stirring up controversy with several developers of social networking apps that are prominent in China. The issue concerns a “tipping” feature common in many of these apps, which allows users to pay content creators directly. A number of social networking apps, including the wildly popular WeChat, allow users to 'tip' each other using...

EU Demands Immediate Action Plan From Apple Over In-App Purchases

Apple is in the hot seat again over its in-app purchase policy; the European Commission has criticized the company for not outlining any "concrete and immediate" plans to stop users from being misled by "free" apps, BBC reports. While users can download tons of popular apps for free, the majority offer in-app purchases, which means...

Apple Points FTC Regulators to Investigate Google Over In-App Purchases

Apple entered into an agreement with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) earlier this year, where they promised to refund millions of parents whose children purchased in-app items accidentally. According to a report from Politico, Google is getting in trouble for allowing children to make in-app purchases without parental consent, much like Apple was doing. Bruce...

iOS 7.1 Adds Warning About 15-Minute In-App Purchase Grace Period

iOS 7.1 didn't just bring design tweaks and CarPlay support, but also a significant notification that warns users making in-app purchases that they can make additional purchases in any app within 15 minutes without having to re-enter their password. As you can see from the above image, the pop-up warning leads to the Settings app,...

Apple, Google Pressured by EU Commission Over In-App Purchases

After consumer groups from Denmark, Britain, Italy, and Belgium raised concerns over in-app purchases offered by the App Store and Google Play, the European Commission has decided to send out a friendly invite to the hot seat to both Apple and Google (via the Telegraph). The main issue appears to be the freebie apps, which...