What happened to gifting?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by ncaissie, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. ncaissie macrumors 6502a

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    Is gifting gone or am I just missing it somehow? :confused:

    Thanks
     
  2. ps3zocker macrumors regular

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    It's "currently unavailable in iOS 6" according to a support document. You can still gift apps from iTunes on your mac.
     
  3. ncaissie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. This is disappointing and Apple is loosing sales over this. I wonder why they did that. I can't access my Mac from 90% of my day and when I'm home it's the last thing on my mind.

    I hope they fix this. Thanks for the info.
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I do not think it was taken away for any other reason than a programming issue. I mean, why would they take it away otherwise?
     
  5. Menel macrumors 603

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    That is until iTunes 11 removes it.
     
  6. ncaissie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No disrespect for Apple but I think they really messed up with this new App store.
    Searching is a nightmare and now the Gifting option. I love the fact that I can view screen shots full screen again but that is the only thing I like about it.
    It seems like they didn’t do proper QC or User acceptance testing before they released the Maps and App store.

    I have always been a windows guy and tried the MAC a couple of times. Once with the coloured iMacs that looked like a Boob tube. And in Feb I took a huge chance running up my CC on a new 15” MBP. All because I love the iOS. Now I’m hooked but in that short time apple seems to be loosing it. :(

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    One more messed up thing (Which is going to hurt them more than help) is the fact they separated the gift cards between the App store and the Music/Video store.
    My brother in-law had to choose the App store over the music one and Apple will lose sales over it.
     
  7. DoctorCrap macrumors regular

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    I didn't realize that function being disabled on iOS 6.
    Good to know now.
     
  8. matt84uk macrumors newbie

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    Just noticed in one of the Apps I have you can gift it via the "share" menu within the App itself - Solar Walk - for anyone interested

    Pressing this boots you out to the AppStore and allows sharing as before - for this specific App.
     
  9. ncaissie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have this in the app I wish to gift.
    It's called Zombieville 2.
     
  10. Mliii macrumors 65816

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    I completely agree! And what I really don't understand is that Apple prides itself on an integrated look and feel- things are supposed to flow seamlessly with barriers to that kind of 'flow' eliminated.
    Now, instead of a MORE integrated system, it's more fractured than ever.
    And not being able to gift an app to someone is just plain stupid...:(
     
  11. Menel macrumors 603

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    I want to gift an app this AM... But cant... Apple fail
     
  12. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    Can't gift apps or songs, can't delete songs from your iDevice, battery life (at least on the iPhone 4) is the worse I have ever seen, Maps blow....nice upgrade iOS 6 is Apple, good job! Yep, I am a bit disapointed to say the least.
     
  13. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Is this confirmed?
     
  14. 8a22a macrumors 6502a

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    I've never used gifting, maybe I'm just mean. ;)
     
  15. Sylon macrumors 68020

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    Not to mention the constant nagging popup to download Apple apps I already have almost every time I enter the App Store.
     
  16. Nevzorus macrumors 6502

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    You can still gift apps in iOS 6! I was able to do it today but I didn't send the app to anyone because I just tried it.
     
  17. Menel macrumors 603

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    Elaborate
     
  18. ncaissie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  19. matrix07, Oct 15, 2012
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    matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    That just looks like a fancy new designed Gift Card to promote various Stores. It doesn't say you can only use it at the specific store. I could see no reason why Apple would separate them.

    Edit: Here straight from the horse mouth.
    "They have actually had those cards for about the last 2 or 3 years and they did have the different items listed however they work for everything.
    They have since redone the cards for a new look in the last 4 months.
    "
     
  20. ncaissie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I said that. Thanks
    You can even see on the App store card that it says you can buy music with it.
     
  21. mactmaster, Oct 15, 2012
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    mactmaster macrumors 6502

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    They removed the visible links to gift apps but the backend is still there.

    You can use the following url to gift an app, just replace the APP_ID. You can see the APP_ID easily by using the Mail option in the share sheet of an app page in the App Store. It should be a series of numbers.

    Code:
    itms-appss://buy.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/giftSongsWizard?gift=1&salableAdamId=APP_ID&productType=C&pricingParameter=STDQ&mt=8&ign-mscache=1
    This only works with apps and not songs, albums, etc. since those never had UI for gifting on iOS.

    The removal of this feature and the lack of inclusion of song gifting since the first iPhone could possibly be patent related although if someone else had this patented I believe Apple would have licensed it. It might be that they are completely revamping the gifting system along iTunes 11.

    Let's hope we get this back and possibly song gifting for the first time soon.
     

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