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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...
03-22-2013, 02:10 PM #1
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 via MacRumors
03-22-2013, 02:26 PM #2
I like the idea of being informed that the app has in-app purchases but I don't see how this is going to stop kids purchasing the extras by mistake.
03-22-2013, 03:26 PM #3
All they have to do is set purchase password immediately instead of 15 mins, then if parents give their kids their ID password it's their own damn fault.
03-22-2013, 03:46 PM #4
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03-22-2013, 05:20 PM #5
Is this only on 6.1.3? I don't see it on my iPhone or my iPad. Both on 6.1.2.
03-22-2013, 06:24 PM #6
^ only the desktop App Store.
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03-22-2013, 08:47 PM #9
Or the MLP app from GameLoft that is ridiculously over priced.
03-22-2013, 09:23 PM #10
I think every app in the App Store now has In-App-Purchases. Even the free apps now have something you can purchase.
I had an app yesterday update and its now got IAP.
I think the worst are the paid for apps with IAP. WHY are the paid apps with extra IAP? Thats just wrong. If you pay for it you should already have all of it. Free apps are the ones with IAP not paid apps.
They might as well not put that line in the App Store as every app has them. Its so common the line should be "NO IAP" and you probably wont ever see it.
03-22-2013, 11:13 PM #11
It's one thing for a paid app to have IAP for extra coins or to unlock all the levels early, I understand that, but the paid apps that have an IAP that adds new levels to the game is crazy.
03-22-2013, 11:26 PM #12
There are also ways to bypass IAP.
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03-23-2013, 02:35 PM #16
Most inapp purchases should be banned. It is just bait and switch.
03-23-2013, 10:41 PM #17
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