Apple Replaces 'Free' Purchase Button Labeling With 'Get' in App Store

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    Apple has changed the wording for free games in its App Store, and the app purchase buttons that once read "Free" for apps with no cost now read "Get" instead. The change has been implemented on both the iOS App Store and the desktop App Store.

    Apps that have an upfront cost continue to be listed with a price underneath, but apps that do not now display the new wording. "Get" has replaced "Free" in the main App Store view on iOS, on the App Store Top Charts, and on individual app pages. The main App Store view on the desktop is still using the former "Free" wording, but it's likely to update soon.

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    It is not entirely clear why Apple has decided to replace Free with Get, but it may have to do with the growing sentiment that apps with in-app purchases are not free. Earlier this year, the European Commission asked Apple and Google to implement changes to the way they sell apps, to avoid misleading customers about "free" games that are not actually free.

    Back in July, Google announced that it would cease calling games with in-app purchases "free," prompting the European Commission to pressure Apple into making the same moves by saying the company had not done enough to adequately address its concerns.

    In a statement following the EU's accusations, Apple pointed towards its "strong" parental controls, labels for in-app purchases, and kid sections in the App Store. Apple also highlighted "Ask to Buy," an iOS 8 Family Sharing feature, and said that it would "continue to work with the EC member states to respond to their concerns."

    As the App Store has evolved, Apple has made significant changes to attempt to adequately inform customers about in-app purchases. All apps with in-app purchases are clearly denoted with an "Offers In-App Purchases" disclosure on their purchase pages and in the App Store Top Charts.

    Apple requires users to enter a passcode before making an in-app purchase, notifies consumers when an in-app purchase is about to be made, and obtains express permission with a popup warning. iOS 8 introduced even more control over app purchases, letting parents approve or deny their children's purchases via Family Sharing.

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    Without in-app purchase it should still be labeled 'Free' i think.
    That gives it extra clarity to 'buyers'.
     
  3. MattXDA macrumors 6502

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    Looks strange and ugly, especially in capitals.
     
  4. Jazper macrumors 6502a

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    Technically yes, but most of the games that offer in-app purchases make it so the game isn't really playable without paying.
     
  5. trekkie604 macrumors 68000

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    'Download' would look less ridiculous to me.

    Edit. And for the first image, it should say "Free" as the price...
     
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    I can understand the button saying "GET" but not the price. GET is not a price.

    In the picture on the left, it says GET even though that isn't the "GET" button. It's saying what it costs.
     
  7. NMBob macrumors 6502a

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    Then they should say GET. The ones without that affliction should be FREE...or BEER.
     
  8. ethanwa79 macrumors regular

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    I would have preferred "Install" or "Download" over "Get"
     
  9. Hargobind macrumors member

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    Really? Couldn't find a better word than "get" ??
     
  10. Tanegashima macrumors 6502

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    Meanwhile, here, in Europe, merchants put "Free", "Gratis", "Ofertas", and get away with this. The as "get this phone for 99€" (and pay X€ per month, for Y months)

    European Commission is just a couple of meaningless fools, seeking for a couple of million € to found their outrageous paychecks...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrUp8eAR2T0

    Subtitled in English
     
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    Technically good, I guess, but it'll take some massive re-education of consumers. How many people will look at 'GET' and wonder if pressing it will charge them and then look around the page in vain for a price?

    No saying that there's anything dishonest about the screen, just that it will cause some (many?) people to distrust it which will lead to a slight loss in downloads for those apps.

    I do agree with not calling apps with in-app purchases "free," but I think this might be a solution that still needs some additional refining.
     
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    Probably not a smart move Apple. Now get back to fixing safari in ios 8
     
  14. fardeenah macrumors regular

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    i just want to download free apps without imputing my freaking password. why can't able let me do that just like in the play store
     
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  16. MasterRyu2011 macrumors 65816

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    Why not be like Google and put "In-app purchases" beneath the word "Free"
     
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  18. Tanegashima macrumors 6502

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    Except it's not only a "download".
     
  19. taptic macrumors 65816

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    Probably too long for their minimalistic mindset.
     
  20. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    What's weird is that there is already an "Install" button right after you press the "Get" one (you have to click the same spot twice).

    That makes sense for paid applications since you don't want people to do an accidental press, but for free apps I'd get rid of the double-button system altogether and just have an "Install" button that installs right aways.

    It seems Apple wants to get rid of the "Download" term altogether and just call any app download and install an "Install", making the two separate phases transparent to the consumer. Notice they do the same on the Mac App Store, they just call it an "Install" and it's the same progress bar for both the download and installation.
     
  21. Tanegashima macrumors 6502

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    Which is completely fine. Thank you.
     
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    Are you serious? It's already there .... It's been a while
     
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    iOS 8 is fine.
     
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    Cause there would be someone else whining about app store allowing free downloads without asking the password... :rolleyes:
     

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