Apple Revives Application Gifting for iOS App Store
It has been missing from the App Store since the launch of iOS 6, but it's missing no longer. Apple has brought back the ability to gift applications from the iOS App Store. Apple has updated the share sheet for iOS 6 users to show the new Gift button shown above when the user taps on the share button on the top right of the display.
Interestingly, Apple was able to do this without any kind of software update. iOS 5 users and below have had this feature already.
When you tap on the gift button, youíll be brought to the following interface so that you can choose the person you want to send the application to. It uses the personís e-mail to find them, so youíll need to know the e-mail of the person you want to send the application to. You can also add a personalized message to go with it, such as "Merry Christmas!"
After youíve personalized the message, you can then choose when you want the application to be gifted. You can choose between gifting the application as soon as you fill everything out, or you can choose a time period within 90 days in the future. This time frame option is great for holidays and Birthdays, because you can schedule the gift and the person will receive it on the special day of your choice.
The news comes just in time for the holidays, as people can now send application gifts to other people as presents. The holidays are well within the 90-day schedule limit, so it would be a great time to try out the scheduling feature.