Imagine purchasing an app from the App Store, using it vigorously for six days, and then deciding on the seventh that it just isn't right for you. What can you do at that point? In the US, nothing at all. In Taiwan, however, you can effectively "return it." This policy marks the first time the Cupertino tech giant has authorized a "trial period" of sorts for App Store app purchases.
Apple is joined by Google in its revamp of mobile app purchasing policies within Taiwan - a change that was facilitated by demands from the Taiwanese government. According WantChinaTimes, both tech companies "have yielded to pressure from the Taipei City Government by agreeing to provide refunds to smartphone users who return the applications that they downloaded from each company's app stores."
"At the request of Taipei City Hall," the report reads, "Apple agreed to let their phone users have a trial period of seven days, within which a user can return the app for a full refund. The company's original policy gave users only fifteen minutes to try out programs."
Taipei City Hall asked Apple on June 7 to comply with the law requiring a seven-day trial use period for consumer products and gave them a June 23 deadline. Taipei asked Apple to include a refund guide written in Chinese.