Apple Reportedly 'Scrambling' to Make Required Changes to In-App Purchase Policies

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple may be rushing to make changes to its App Store in order to comply with an earlier FTC agreement that requires it to modify its in-app billing system, reports ZDNet. Apple has until March 31 to make the changes required by the FTC and may be trying to roll them out in the company's forthcoming iOS 7.1 update.

    As part of this FTC settlement, Apple must modify its billing practices to obtain consumers' express consent before billing them for an in-app purchase. Apple also must provide customers with a way to easily withdraw this consent for future purchases.
    These requirements likely necessitate some changes to Apple's iTunes payment processing system, which now needs to verify that consent was given before processing a payment. It may also require some modifications to iOS 7, including its Restrictions feature that already provides limits on in-app purchases by children, although some aspects of the update may be able to be deployed remotely.

    These new in-app purchasing requirements have not been spotted in any iOS 7.1 beta releases, suggesting Apple is still implementing any necessary changes on the operating system side. ZDNet's source says the company would like to roll out the changes as part of iOS 7.1, but given word that iOS 7.1 is due "any day now" in order to support streaming of next week's SXSW iTunes Festival, it is possible that the in-app purchase changes could be pushed back to another minor iOS update before the end of the month if required.

    Article Link: Apple Reportedly 'Scrambling' to Make Required Changes to In-App Purchase Policies
  2. macrumors 6502


    Jan 9, 2008
    Boston, MA
    In-app purchases are annoying anyways. I try to avoid apps that employ them (or worse, require them).
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jul 31, 2005
  4. macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2008
    All this fuss because of a few stupid kids and their irresponsible parents.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
  6. macrumors 68020


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2010
    you've never had a 2 year old, have you?
    there are silly games for little kids and there is no way you can explain to them not to click outside :) So, you let them play so you can either cook them a meal or do any necessity you have to do so its simply impossible to supervise your child all the time. (and by supervising I mean staring over their should and watching them play the game and making sure they don't click outside of their territory)
  8. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2007
    I'm not sure why SXSW iTunes Festival streaming would require iOS 7.1.

    The iTunes festival app has supported live streaming of the London iTunes Festival for at least the last couple of years, using iOS 6 (and maybe 5, IIRC?).
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2008
    Having an application that requires a new updated OS is a way to get people to update their OS sooner.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2008
    I'm just saying that if you give them a device that you know fully well has your credit card details and one click purchasing turned on with no password protection on then it's your own fault if they rack up thousands of $$$ on there.
  11. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    You don't need to stand over their shoulder if you disable in-app purchases or even the iTunes store all together, or even just remove the 15-minute buffer and require a password for every single purchase you make.
  12. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Yup, that's clearly where the issue is, nor crappy in-app purchases that even adults hate plenty.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Mar 27, 2009
    There ought to be an option on everyone's iTunes accounts that allows them to choose between being asked for a password before every purchase and only being asked after a certain period of time.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Sounds like a tough situation to be in for Apple. Three options:

    1. Make the iTunes festival app compatible with 7.0, release 7.1 with the new IAP change
    2. Release 7.1 as scheduled, release IAP changes in 7.1.1
    3. Work 25 hours a day to get this in-app stuff implemented before the festival, release 7.1 with IAP changes
  15. macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2012
    Since many people aren't aware of their ability to personalize settings, making these options on by default would make a lot more sense. People really do need to do more research though if this is causing a significant issue.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2007
    That's the point, though: there's no way to turn off one-click purchasing currently. Once you authorize a purchase once, it will allow any subsequent purchases without a password - at least until a time limit expires.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Dec 5, 2011
    I have had a 2yr old but my 2yr old never had an iPhone. Or any device with credit card info available with the push of a button. :eek: Maybe a device MADE for a 2 yr old would be more appropriate? Just sayin.
  18. macrumors 68030


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Fixed for you ;)
  19. macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2011
    3 countries for tax benefit
    People use cell phones as a babysitting device, maybe that's the problem.
  20. macrumors 68020

    Nov 4, 2008
    That's because many people can't be bothered to find out. That's the price you pay for ignorance in some cases.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2012
    Great so after all these beta and all this assurance to make it stable. We get a last minute scramble to change code. Damn spoiled kids and their dumb parents... :mad:
  22. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    My two year old is seemingly unable to make purchases, without typing in the password (which, you know, he cannot)

    While I agree with you, all these kids games with ads all over them is despicable and annoying, their presence isn't causing me to spend a bunch of money when the boy clicks on the ad. I honestly had no idea that the iPad could be making purchases without typing in passwords. Are you saying yours does?
  23. macrumors 6502


    Dec 21, 2001
    If the in app purchase changes have to wait for 7.1 and its App Store app, what does this mean for iOS 5, 6 and 7.06 devices? Will they no longer be able to use the App Store?
  24. macrumors 68020

    Nov 4, 2008
    Not sure which version of iOS you are using but if it's iOS7 then navigate thus;

    Settings> General> Restrictions> In App Purchases> OFF, and/or.........

    Settings> General> Restrictions> Allowed Content> Require Password> IMMEDIATELY.

    There is a manual available which most choose not to download let alone read.
  25. macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2013
    I know enough to know a 2 year old shouldn't be allowed to hold, and especially not left unattended, with a device made of glass and thin metal. Sounds like a family and children services, shattered glass and lacerations, neglect case waiting to happen.

    What happened to hotwheels, GIjoe, TV, Nintendo, etc.

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