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  • Apple Tweaks App Store "Free" Button for Free Apps to Say "Get" Instead


    In an unexpected change Wednesday afternoon, Apple appears to have tweaked the download button that normally appears next to free applications in the iOS App Store. The download button, which used to read "Free" for applications that are free-to-download, has been changed to read "Get" instead, as shown above.

    As first spotted by 9to5Mac, this change is likely to help reduce confusion and take responsibility away from Apple for free applications that offer in-app purchases. By saying "Get," instead of "Free," Apple is no longer implicating that an application in the App Store with in-app purchases is still completely free of cost. Instead, it's entirely possible that a free-to-download application from the iOS App Store could cost you money down the road with subscription services or in-app purchases.

    Applications in the iOS App Store that are not free-to-download still show the actual cost of the application in the button for example, Shazam Encore still shows "$6.99" in the button used to download the application. Today's changes only affect free-to-download applications, such as the Google Drive application shown above.

    The same changes are prevalent in the Mac App Store, as free-to-download applications from the Mac App Store are also displaying a "Get" button instead of a "Free" button.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Tweaks App Store "Free" Button for Free Apps to Say "Get" Instead started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      No way this lasts. I'm a reasonably well-educated guy, but I'm totally confused. I'm sorry, but in the English language free and get are only synonymous in the context of thievery.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      That's the point. Most "free" apps aren't really free, because of all the in app purchases. So "get" is meant NOT to imply "free," and not to be a synonym for it.
    1. echoes49's Avatar
      echoes49 -
      But....... In the Top Charts section, it says "Free" at the top. And if you get to the bottom and click see all,... The next page says "Top Free iPad Apps" at the top. I'm really confused!!??!!
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      There should be three versions, the one with the cost, the one which is totally free with no in app purchase called free and ripoff for those with in app purchases. Get has to be the worst name Apple could have come up with, it will just confuse everyone
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Yeah "Get" is just weird.
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickuk View Post
      There should be three versions, the one with the cost, the one which is totally free with no in app purchase called free and ripoff for those with in app purchases. Get has to be the worst name Apple could have come up with, it will just confuse everyone
      lol @ ripoff. I completely agree.
    1. dee_maux's Avatar
      dee_maux -
      This has got to be the most stupidest pointless **** in the world. Shouldn't Apple be fixing their countless security vulnerabilities with iOS and icloud, instead they change the "free" button to "get"... Wow Apple, you really outdid yourself on this one i wonder whose pulling all the strings to make this happen cause whoever did this needs a promotion immediately 🙊
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by dee_maux View Post
      This has got to be the most stupidest pointless **** in the world. Shouldn't Apple be fixing their countless security vulnerabilities with iOS and icloud, instead they change the "free" button to "get"... Wow Apple, you really outdid yourself on this one i wonder whose pulling all the strings to make this happen cause whoever did this needs a promotion immediately 🙊
      What are you even talking about?
    1. bomb-blast's Avatar
      bomb-blast -
      Apple iPhone is utterly crap but once jail broken it is undisputed champion so my advice to Sammy is create your own software or be blown to da next galaxy android? Or is it garbage
      Pangu pangu pangu
    1. jackbauerctu's Avatar
      jackbauerctu -
      They should just change the category to top get apps LOL
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Quote Originally Posted by novadam View Post
      That's the point. Most "free" apps aren't really free, because of all the in app purchases. So "get" is meant NOT to imply "free," and not to be a synonym for it.
      Huh?
      Free means I will be able to use or test drive without paying anything.

      Most apps have "in app purchase" now but its still a free app. I have a couple apps I paid the in app purchase for a feature but only bought what I needed.

      I think "get" is stupid and not cool
    1. talkin73's Avatar
      talkin73 -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      No way this lasts. I'm a reasonably well-educated guy, but I'm totally confused. I'm sorry, but in the English language free and get are only synonymous in the context of thievery.
      LOL! Best comment of the day, hands down.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickuk View Post
      There should be three versions, the one with the cost, the one which is totally free with no in app purchase called free and ripoff for those with in app purchases. Get has to be the worst name Apple could have come up with, it will just confuse everyone
      That pretty much says it all. I would like to add that no one is confused by the "free" button when "includes in-app purchases" is right there. People are just sick of the bait-and-switch nature of IAPs in general.
    1. dee_maux's Avatar
      dee_maux -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      What are you even talking about?
      What don't you understand... I'm mocking apple and there foolish antics if you can't understand a simple paragraph go back to grade school
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by dee_maux View Post
      What don't you understand... I'm mocking apple and there foolish antics if you can't understand a simple paragraph go back to grade school
      Except there aren't any security flaws as you seem to be implying.