iOS 13 Warns Users When Deleting Apps With Active Subscriptions

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple appears to be continuing its recent trend of making app subscriptions more transparent and manageable, as evidenced by another change discovered in the latest developer beta of iOS 13. When you delete an app on your device, you'll now be notified if it still has an active subscription.


    First spotted by MacStories editor-in-chief Federico Viticci, the pop-up asks you if want to keep your subscription for the app, and notes that the app will still be available to use on your other devices if you do choose to delete it.

    It also tells you what date the sub will automatically renew unless it's canceled, and offers a Manage Subscription link that takes you directly to your subscriptions list.

    In April, Apple added an extra confirmation step when App Store users purchase an app available on a subscription basis or tap to subscribe to a premium service in an app, making sure no accidental subscription purchases occur.

    Earlier this year, the company also added a Manage Subscriptions shortcut in the App Store, where previously managing subscriptions required an extra step of tapping on the box with your Apple ID name and email address via the App Store or Settings.

    Article Link: iOS 13 Warns Users When Deleting Apps With Active Subscriptions
  2. martyjmclean macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Okay this is really neat. This is why I always subscribe in-app (except for Spotify).
  3. Mike MA macrumors 68020

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Nice one, especially when your app library grew over the years and you want to avoid extended subscriptions. Yet you should be aware of your engagements though.
  4. maxfromdenmark macrumors regular


    May 8, 2011
  5. ridgero, Jun 18, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2019

    ridgero macrumors member


    Dec 16, 2017
    I hate that so many companies define an automatic subscription extension as their default. it should be the other way around, kind of a rip-off in my opinion. Just as bad is that apple does not automatically block this feature.
  6. Mutepointer macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2018
    Is it the same with iPhones or just on iPadOS as shown on the photo?
  7. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    Will Apple warn users about Apple Music subscriptions if they choose to remove the Music app?
  8. OGSherpa macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2017
    Yes it will!
  9. uniquexoxo macrumors regular


    Aug 27, 2018
    South East Asia
    Now this looks really neat. Cause there are those shady devs
  10. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    This is a very welcomed feature. Especially when I try to streamline my subscriptions through Apple. Except, of course, Spotify.
  11. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    I sort of agree. I wish they always asked AND that agreeing grandfathered the original promotion price. I agree to let you charge me $X per Y time and in return I pay $X even if you have increased rates to $Z. After all, Apple’s cut decreases after some time so there is some built in breathing room for increasing customer satisfaction.

    That said, deleting an app with an active subscription should give an option to suspend the subscription or Refund the remaining time. I get this would be logistically hard, but it is not impossible. The trick would be suspending it in a way that notifies the company so that you can’t access it on other devices.
  12. MoreRumors? macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2018
    Tim's eyeglass lens
    That is a good new feature and helps to avoid or serve as a reminder before deleting.
  13. techfreak23 macrumors regular


    Sep 8, 2013
    That’s pretty cool. Could they also add a warning when you’re about to remove an active audio app from the app switcher...? So many times I’ve accidentally closed Spotify...
  14. sualpine macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2013
    Hi from Androidland. Those notification popups are still ugly af. o_O
  15. simonmet, Jun 18, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2019

    simonmet macrumors 68020


    Sep 9, 2012
    They’re also quite poor from the perspective of functional UI: there’s not enough separation between the two options, increasing the likelihood of a mis-click (so to speak).

    Buttons or tap-able areas on the left and right is better, which they used to (edit: still do) have, but that old UI is even more ugly by today’s standards. A real dogs breakfast of ugliness.


    PS: Just saw the attached picture from a previous MacRumors article. It’s much better functional UI to have buttons like that. It appears however that Apple switches to vertically stacked options when there’s too much text to split the panel horizontally; or when there’s more than two options I suppose, though that isn’t the case above.

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  16. PickUrPoison, Jun 18, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2019

    PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    I’m sure they’re nothing short of breathtaking, but we somehow manage over here in iOS-land :) Hopefully iOS’s popup design isn’t something Android Q will steal.... :eek: ;)

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