Is there a difference

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by jjanes, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. jjanes macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2011
    Is there a difference between an App that is for sale in iTunes and one that is for sale through an in App purchase, or are they the same just that certain ones can be purchased inside of an another App.
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England

    Usually most in-app ads/links I have seen for other apps will take you to App Store to complete the purchase as opposed to an in-app purchase.

  3. xStep macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2003
    Less lost in L.A.
    The app with in app purchase capability is downloaded from the App Store just like any other app.

    The in app add on might already be in that code, but if not, is downloaded from a server the developer provides. I'm not sure how the signing of that add-on is handled. The purchase is handled via the App Store, so Apple still gets their 30% cut and the developer still gets paid via Apple.
  4. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Apps aren't for sale via in app purchase, only content or features of an app already on a customers device. Thus you have to get this app on a customer's device first, so it's a multi-step process.

    There is also a slight difference in that an app, and/or your server, can verify the purchase receipt of an in-app purchase with Apple. There is no such mechanism for a paid app.
  5. ClutchThese macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
    ^^ this. and now you can purchase "Subscription service" which isn't an app, but content.

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