Apple Attempts to Further Educate the Public about In-App Purchases
Along with its weekly App Store refresh, Apple this week has decided to introduce a new page that helps App Store users “learn more about in-app purchases.” The Cupertino California company has been steadily beefing up its in-app purchasing policy to prevent children and adults from inadvertently buying items from within an app. As spotted by the folks at App Advice
, there is now a new disclaimer about in-app purchases found in its App Store on the iPad. The guide explains what in-app purchases are, how they work, and how to limit in-app purchases using parental controls.
For those of you who are unaware, in-app purchases have become a big issue for some users, especially parents, whose children don’t really understand them. Parents are finding out that their children have purchased item within the games without their knowledge and most often without their consent and it’s not until they receive a hefty iTunes bill that they realize what has happened.
In an effort to help prevent situations where that happens, Apple is trying to educate users about everything they need to know about in-app purchases. The new guide can be found in the featured section of the iPad App Store, directly below the “What’s Hot” section. There you’ll see a “Learn More About In-App Purchases” card. Tapping on this will bring up the full page.
It should be noted that as of right now, this information is only available on the iPad but it is likely that it will find its way to the iPhone and the desktop version of iTunes in the near future as well.
via App Advice