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  • In-App Purchases in Free Apps are a go
    [Imagine a picture of a cat holding an iPhone while jumping off an exploding building here]

    Quote Originally Posted by Our Lord and Master, Apple
    In App Purchase is being rapidly adopted by developers in their paid apps. Now you can use In App Purchase in your free apps to sell content, subscriptions, and digital services.

    You can also simplify your development by creating a single version of your app that uses In App Purchase to unlock additional functionality, eliminating the need to create Lite versions of your app. Using In App Purchase in your app can also help combat some of the problems of software piracy by allowing you to verify In App Purchases.

    Visit the App Store Resource Center for more details about how you can add In App Purchases to your free apps.
    Now before you go back to complain about Apple fixing exploits and what you're entitled to do with your phone, take a minute to let the news sink in. What does this mean for the future?

    No more Lite version - Mentioned in the announcement itself, developers can now (if they choose to) package their whole app under a free title, letting you try it, then if you want to really get it, just unlock the full game/app through an in-app purchase.

    The end of piracy? - Probably not, but it'll be harder now. Since in-app purchases are verified through Apple to check that your account has in fact purchased the feature before being unlocked, you won't be able to just find a cracked .ipa and call it a day.

    NO MORE "FREE 40 PRESTIGE POINTS IN HAPPY MMO FUN KITTY TIME" littering the free section of the store - Developers for these MMO games can now "sell" these through the app itself.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: In-App Purchases in Free Apps are a go started by Happy Noodle Boy View original post
    Comments 83 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      This is very good news. Here comes the shareware and trials.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I like the lite version.
    1. siphyn87's Avatar
      siphyn87 -
      Yeah hopefully this will make the app approval process a little quicker for some apps, beings there will no longer be a need for a separate lite version of the apps to get approved along with the full version.
    1. mk12's Avatar
      mk12 -
      Lite versions in the app store are making me think that DS lite is actually a cheap demo.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      New mobileinstallation patch?? Lol not likely!
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      The end of piracy? - Probably not, but it'll be harder now. Since in-app purchases are verified through Apple to check that your account has in fact purchased the feature before being unlocked, you won't be able to just find a cracked .ipa and call it a day
      That's exactly what we are doing as jailbreakers using cydia to activate 3.0FW. We are editing hosts to hactivate the firmware the same way the new cracker will crack the apps with edited hosts. Really, it's not looking like a stumble in the road at all to me knowing we got around the same issue with the firmware.

      I don't care personally as I use about 15 apps, half are free, the rest were cheap. I'm not one of the people running $500 in apps cracking them........... but I don't see a fork in the road for those who do with us going around apple as jailbreakers doing the same thing, but with firmware instead.
    1. Bill69's Avatar
      Bill69 -
      this is terrible it runes app store for anyone who wants a guarantee that their app will be free forever and drags people into spending money.
    1. iphone4idiots's Avatar
      iphone4idiots -
      There is no way this will be the end of piracy. The end of ********** - maybe, but if so there will be a new version that soon enough. Two days they were writing articles about the "new" iPhone that couldn't be jailbroken. Ha - how long did that last?
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      No more "FREE 40 PRESTIGE POINTS IN HAPPY MMO FUN KITTY TIME" It is a sad day....
    1. iphone4idiots's Avatar
      iphone4idiots -
      Holy smokes! You aren't allowed to type the name of a package you can install in Cydia? OK, all it does is allow you to install cracked ipa files, but that's a little over the top in filtering don't ya think? Maybe you should ask saurik why this source is allowed in the first place? Am I allowed to type the name of that source or will that be filtered as well . . . . Oh, curiosity has the best of me - **EDIT CPJR- Fail**
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone4idiots View Post
      Holy smokes! You aren't allowed to type the name of a package you can install in Cydia? OK, all it does is allow you to install cracked ipa files, but that's a little over the top in filtering don't ya think? Maybe you should ask saurik why this source is allowed in the first place? Am I allowed to type the name of that source or will that be filtered as well . . . . Oh, curiosity has the best of me -
      Your allowed to read the rules. How bout that?

      Discussion or linking of ANYTHING cracked/pirated/warez is NOT allowed on this forum. Why do you think it was filtered? Duh.
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      Oh god oh man oh god oh man!!!!!!
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Asking Saurik why cracked sources are allowed is like asking Apple why they let porn in Safari - the two aren't related. Cydia is APT, APT repos are standard - meaning anyone can add anything they want as long as they have half a brain to make an APT repo.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      +1

      I wish he would block them tho.


      But more would pop up
    1. LigerLuvr9210's Avatar
      LigerLuvr9210 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      +1

      I wish he would block them tho.


      But more would pop up
      He does warn people that the source has been known for its illegal activity. Even if he tried to stop people, it wouldn't work. If people want to break the law, they will, regardless of any safe guards you attempt to place around themA

      As far as In-App purchases on free apps, its misleading to the customers to call something free and then charge later. It is convenient if you try the 'lite' version and like it, but otherwise it is manipulative. Especially since in the keynote about In-App purchases they said it would only be allowed in paid apps to keep free apps free.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ Yea, no doubt it won't be stopped.
    1. iphone4idiots's Avatar
      iphone4idiots -
      Sorry, I'll try not to let it happen again. The story did mention piracy though. Your house - your rules - I'll try to be a better guest
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Boxcar is free now and is the first app to use this: Boxcar
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Me casa su casa
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Boxcar is free now and is the first app to use this: Boxcar
      I got your boxcar...... right here: The randomly off topic thread