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  • Apple's App Store Now Makes it Easier to Tell When Apps Have In-App Purchases


    The freemium application style is becoming popular among app developers, which means offering the game or application for free and then offering in-app purchases to speed up or improve the gaming experience. Real Racing 3 is one of the most notable recent freemium games in the App Store.

    Apple has started making it more obvious in the App Store when an application contains in-app purchases available within the application following some lawsuits that the company had dealt with regarding the matter.

    Just recently, a 5-year-old boy in the UK racked up a $2500 in-app purchase bill for his parents because the parents entered their Apple ID to download an application on an iPad that appeared to be free. While this isn't the reason Apple made today's change, it really opens our eyes to the possible dangers of in-app purchases.

    In an attempt to make it more obvious that applications have in-app purchases, the App Store now displays whether or not the application has in-app purchases right under the application price on the desktop version of the App Store. As MacRumors notes, the feature is not yet available on the iOS App Store.

    This new feature should help make it easier for parents to know when an application contains in-app purchases whether the application is free or not. While the feature is currently desktop-only at this point in time, it is expected that the feature should also come to the mobile version of the App Store soon, since it just makes sense to see this information on the device that the app will be downloaded on.

    Sources: The Guardian via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's App Store Now Makes it Easier to Tell When Apps Have In-App Purchases started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      I like the idea of being informed that the app has in-app purchases but I don't see how this is going to stop kids purchasing the extras by mistake.
    1. lukeyb's Avatar
      lukeyb -
      All they have to do is set purchase password immediately instead of 15 mins, then if parents give their kids their ID password it's their own damn fault.
    1. peu's Avatar
      peu -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickuk View Post
      I like the idea of being informed that the app has in-app purchases but I don't see how this is going to stop kids purchasing the extras by mistake.
      You can disable in app purchases at settings>general>restrictions, if you don't then don't complain... easy
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Is this only on 6.1.3? I don't see it on my iPhone or my iPad. Both on 6.1.2.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      ^ only the desktop App Store.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by novadam View Post
      ^ only the desktop App Store.
      I didn't read the last line of the article. Thanks.
    1. natemckelvie's Avatar
      natemckelvie -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Is this only on 6.1.3? I don't see it on my iPhone or my iPad. Both on 6.1.2.
      It's under settings/general/restrictions
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      Or the MLP app from GameLoft that is ridiculously over priced.
    1. b1997469's Avatar
      b1997469 -
      I think every app in the App Store now has In-App-Purchases. Even the free apps now have something you can purchase.
      I had an app yesterday update and its now got IAP.

      I think the worst are the paid for apps with IAP. WHY are the paid apps with extra IAP? Thats just wrong. If you pay for it you should already have all of it. Free apps are the ones with IAP not paid apps.

      They might as well not put that line in the App Store as every app has them. Its so common the line should be "NO IAP" and you probably wont ever see it.
    1. emerica6708's Avatar
      emerica6708 -
      It's one thing for a paid app to have IAP for extra coins or to unlock all the levels early, I understand that, but the paid apps that have an IAP that adds new levels to the game is crazy.
    1. b1997469's Avatar
      b1997469 -
      There are also ways to bypass IAP.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by b1997469 View Post
      There are also ways to bypass IAP.
      You mean illegal ways, right?
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      You mean illegal ways, right?
      Is it a misdemeanor? Felony? I forgot.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      Is it a misdemeanor? Felony? I forgot.
      Not too sure myself. Certainly against ModMyi rules.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Most inapp purchases should be banned. It is just bait and switch.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      He stated something. Not sure which rule that is breaking.

      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      I didn't read the last line of the article. Thanks.
      All this off topic discussion, meanwhile the warning does indeed work on my iPad (3) 6.1. You have to click on the app and it will display the message.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      He stated something. Not sure which rule that is breaking.



      All this off topic discussion, meanwhile the warning does indeed work on my iPad (3) 6.1. You have to click on the app and it will display the message.
      Ask the mods. They'll tell u.

      Doesn't show the warning on my iPad 3 (6.1.2). I'd post a screenshot but this stupid ModMyi app won't let me (that I paid $2.99 for).