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