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06-24-2013, 12:41 PM #1
Apple Offers Insight on In-App Purchase Settlement
Apple is gearing up to shell out refunds to a reported 23 million people.
The massive refund stems back to a 2011 class-action suit against the company which made a strong case for "unlawful exploitation" of young customers. Put differently, Apple will be paying up for all those parents whose kids may have made unauthorized purchases that mom and dad were stuck with sans their permission or even knowledge.
Apple denies all allegations and is entering into this settlement to avoid burdensome and costly litigation. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.
To claim their share of the benefit, class members are required to submit a valid "Claim Form" online or postmarked by Jan. 13, 2014.
Parents whose kids downloaded $30 or less worth of content will be compensated with a $5 iTunes gift card (or, Apple says, the equivalent of their total Game Currency charges). Today's email notification also revealed that cash refunds will be given but only to consumers without an active iTunes account (or if their bill is greater than $30).
To opt out, class members must send a request postmarked by August 30th.
A detailed notice and Claim Form package contains everything you need and is available here.
06-24-2013, 12:46 PM #2
I've said all along the in app purchases for children was wrong...
06-24-2013, 01:41 PM #3
Force sign-in on every purchase. Leave an opt-out option for normal people.
These parents must log into their amazon account and be shocked when their kid orders a bunch of crap too. What happened to parents taking responsibility for their kids?
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06-24-2013, 02:41 PM #4
HMMMM...A little knowledge can save some $$$$. I personally don't think Apple should be on the hook here.
It looks like this; Settings/General/Restrictions=ON/In App Purchases=OFF, Require Password=IMMEDIATELY.
Blocks everything so there is no possible way to get IAP.
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06-24-2013, 02:56 PM #5
It would still download in app purchases with password on, read up on it.
06-24-2013, 03:28 PM #6
06-24-2013, 03:30 PM #7
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06-24-2013, 05:36 PM #8
Again do a little more reading on this...
06-24-2013, 08:07 PM #9
Now, to the broader problem. Advertisers have been marketing to kids for years, toys, games, sugary cerials, ...etc, and it will never go away. Still, and always will be the parents responsibility to regulate these things, same goes for IAP.
In the end I see this as another "It's not my fault" lawsuit that should have been shot down from the beginning.
06-24-2013, 08:35 PM #10
I agree but one of the things you missed is you can set a password for your phone/iPad but if you downloaded something off App Store which then forced you to enter your password to download, then there were so many minutes after you punched in your Passcode that if you handed your child the device and they started playing the game you just downloaded, they could start in app purchasing and it would never ask for a Passcode within so many minutes of you entering it. So, your child could rack up some cash on your bill and you thought they were locked out.
Second thing which I think is morally wrong is that you can download a child's app, an app made for kids 6 and younger, and in that app a child could in app purchase a $100 add on with a tap of one button. Yes, you can turn Passcode protection on but still, $100 for a CHILD'S game. The industry knows what it's doing.
06-24-2013, 09:06 PM #11
Where were the parents at?!
06-24-2013, 11:47 PM #12
Lol, did you not just read what I wrote???
06-25-2013, 12:03 AM #13
My kids bought a $10 game on the Xbox 360 while my wife and I were out of town. One booboo on my part. Never again. Yup, it's up to me to deal with the terrible inconvenience of inputting my passcodes any time I need to buy something. Oh, woe is me!