In-App Purchases

Apple Sets 27% Commission for App Purchases Via Alternative Payment Methods

In compliance with a legal decision, Apple has allowed dating apps in the Netherlands to offer alternative payment systems, for which it will charge 27% commission net of tax, 9to5Mac is reporting. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) had ruled on December 24th that Apple must allow dating apps published to the Netherlands’ App...

Facebook Calls Out Apple For Not Waiving In-App Fees During Covid-19

Joining a growing list of developers who are publicly criticizing Apple over its revenue-sharing policy for in-app purchases, Facebook has said that Apple declined to waive its usual 30% fee for in-app purchases during a global pandemic, which is hurting small businesses (via Bloomberg). Facebook rolled out a paid events feature in 20 countries last week,...

Popular Kids’ Apps are Filled With ‘Manipulative’ and ‘Distracting’ Ads: REPORT

A new study shows that advertising in apps for young children may be far more prevalent than parents and caregivers may realize. According to a new study from the pediatrics department of the University of Michigan Medical School (via Buzzfeed News), apps intended for children are "crammed" with ads, many of them disturbing, inappropriate and effectively impossible to dismiss....

Instagram Quietly Launches Native Payment Option for Some Users

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Instagram quietly launched a new in-app payment feature for some users. The payments feature allows users to add a credit or debit card with the option of an additional pin for additional security. After the initial setup, users will be able to make purchases on Instagram. Some users...

Kid Spends $6,000 on Jurassic World In-App Purchases

A 7-year-old kid named Faisall Shugaa has recently spent almost $6,000 on the Jurassic World iPad game’s in-app purchases, including $2,200 spent in just one hour, the Daily Mail reports (via CultOfMac). Mohamed Shugaa, the kid’s father, said that Faisall knew the passcode to unlock his iPad, but he didn't realise that his son had also memorised his Apple ID,...

Kanye West Furious Over iPad In-App Purchases in Kids Games

In a series of tweets on Friday, Kanye West reflected how mad he was about the existence of iPad in-app purchases in kids games. "F*** any game company that puts in-app purchases on kids games!!!”, he tweeted. Apparently, Glu Games, the company that produces the very successful Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, must also take note since their game...

Apple Must Tweak In-App Purchases by March 31 to Meet FTC’s Deadline

Apple is scrambling to make changes to its in-app purchases (IAPs) system in the App Store, in order to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint that it billed consumers for millions of dollars of charges incurred by kids without their parents’ consent, ZDNet is reporting. The settlement requires Apple to change how it charges...