Apple schools iOS users on in-app purchases with new App Store featureAs part of an ongoing response to the challenges enabled by in-app purchases, Apple has added a new section to the App Store explaining the ins and outs of app purchases.
The new section titled "Learn More About In-App Purchases" gives brief explanations on four topics: What Are In-App Purchases; Types of In-App Purchases; How In-App Purchases Work; and Parental Controls. The last section has links to Apple's Understanding Restrictions page and Parents' Guide.
The move is a part of Apple's ongoing efforts to deflect criticism over what some call a faulty in-app purchase system. Apple has come under fire lately after a number of children were able to run up sizable bills on their parents' charge accounts thanks to in-app purchases in so-called "freemium" games.
Apple has since kicked off a campaign to increase awareness of the potential pitfalls of in-app purchases. The company first rolled out warnings on in-app purchases in the OS X version of iTunes last month. An update to the iOS App Store followed shortly thereafter. Those updates place warnings beneath the app ratings that the app "Offers In-App Purchases."
On Topic: iTunes
- Apple buys out cloud music provider Omnifone [u]
- Rapper Travis Scott confirms Apple Music deal ahead of new album release
- Apple releases iTunes 12.4.2 with fix for Apple Music short song playback issues
- Apple Music shifting to iTunes Match 'acoustic fingerprinting' method of song ID
- Katy Perry debuts new single exclusive to Apple Music & iTunes