App Store Gifting Returns to iOS Devices

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With the launch of iOS 6, users lost the ability to gift apps to others directly from the App Store, with users required to turn to the desktop version of iTunes if they wished to send an app gift. But as noted by iFun [Google translation], Apple has now quietly updated the share button in the iOS 6 App Store to include the option to gift paid apps.

    Not only are users once again able to gift apps, but they can now schedule delivery of their gifts, up to 90 days in the future.


    Article Link: App Store Gifting Returns to iOS Devices
  2. macrumors member

    May 28, 2008
    Laurel, Maryland
  3. macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2010
    #2 post =). I now can spend my apple gift card i got for christmas 2 years ago, on people this year :)
  4. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    But does it FINALLY use your store credit/gift cards to gift to others? Every time I gift an app or music, it charges my credit card instead of the credit I already have on the account. Lame.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    Glad I did not upgrade to iOS 6. Clearly a lot of loose ends for Apple to wrap up.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    Oh yes clearly. Cause, you know, gifting apps is a MUST HAVE feature. /sarcasm
  7. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    You actually can't gift apps with allowances/gift certificates.
  8. macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    How does it handle if you give an app but that user already has it? Does it know that and give a warning, or does it give the user the option to use the money to buy something else? Or is the gift just wasted? That's the main thing that has kept me from ever giving apps as gifts.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2011
    The share button on my iPhone 5 app store only works 1 in 15 times. I usually have to go to a different app then come back to the app to get it to drop down.


    Stick with 5 until the maps are fixed.
    Yes gifting is a good feature I was looking for shortly after upgrading.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2010
    Why am I getting this error ?
  11. macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    That's nice, but i still want to be able to gift apps to my family (parents and grandparents) using my itunes credit.


    I just tried this with a current app i own; the share link (for any of them) wasn't working. For an app I didn't own it worked fine.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    Why can't we do this on the Mac App Store...?

    I want to buy Logic for somebody...annoying :)
  13. macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2010
    -.-''' seriously... thats upsetting :\
  14. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    You realize Google has released a Google Maps upgrade which is a definite improvement on iOS 5's maps? Honestly, I haven't had an issue with Apple Maps yet, but I downloaded Google Maps just for incase I ever discover something isn't working with Apple Maps.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2011
    No but will Siri and other apps link to Google Maps?
    If you click on an address in an email or contacts does it open the Google Maps?

    Nope and Nope
  16. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    You can copy and paste into Google Maps, or actually select Google Maps from Apple Maps to reroute you and use the Google Maps app instead that way.

    Sure, it's not integrated, but if you wait for that to happen or for Apple Maps to significantly improve, it's going to take a long time, which kind of makes it a little pointless to wait that kind of stuff out.


    Never understood that restriction--it's a rather bad one too.
  17. macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Can you gift apps to someone with an Apple ID based in another country than yours?
  18. macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2007
    It looks like you can't gift apps with itunes store credit though.
  19. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    glad it is back...wonder why they removed it?
  20. macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2011
    Mumbai (India)
    i'm glad it came back, but i wonder what calculation and evaluation went into by the apples thinkers to yanked it out. I dont think any sane guy or any amount logical thinking would ever come to decision of removing such a feature.

    It all seems that one day someone at Apple got up and thought lets do some editing. just like i do once in while with icons on my desktop. drag them to the trash!
  21. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    Santa Clause has it hard enough.
    Last thing he needs is spending more time hand delivering gift apps, then getting lost because of Maps.

  22. macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    Security flaw: I can send gifts without it asking for password...

    Who's to say someone doesn't just gift themselves a ton of apps.
  23. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    You can just send me a check or iTunes gift card. :)
  24. macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2010
    I don't see it on my iPad???? Maybe only certain people are special enough to be allowed to gift?
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2011
    It's not the same.
    That’s like saying here is cash. I wasn’t thoughtful enough to pick something out for you. ;)

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