why can't you gift iPad only iPad apps from an iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by patent10021, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. patent10021 macrumors 68030

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    Noticed something interesting...you can't you gift iPad-only apps from an iPhone. You can't even view iPad-only apps on an iPhone. Why not? I want to gift a friend an iPad only app I found out about but I can't gift it because you can't view it on the iPhone therefore you can't gift it.

    iOS5 enables people to not need a computer. For example some people only want an iPhone as a computer or an iPad as a computer. But this is contradictory to not being able to view iPad apps on an iPhone.
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    If you cant view or install ipad apps on the iphone then you cant gift them.
    Ipad apps are made exclusively for the ipad and wont install or play on other devices.
     
  3. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    But gifting and being able to see them on the store are totally unrelated. If you go to a store you can see alcohol but can't buy it unless you're 19/21. I simply want to gift an iPad only app to my friend who has an iPad even though I am just browsing on my iPhone. Seems pretty straight forward.
     
  4. jon1987 macrumors regular

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    The iPad only apps don't exist inside the the iPhone AppStore so you can't view them, download them or gift them. Its not like the alcohol scenario because they are not in the iPhone store to start with.
     
  5. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Agreed.

    It's definitely a good thing that iPad apps aren't displayed on the iPhone/iPod touch App Store apps.
     
  6. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yeah but I'm saying that they COULD be in the store. We could also be given the choice to not view them or view them (just like we can view iPhone apps on the iPad). It's just a selection option. After all, the iPad apps are the most expensive therefore it would nice to be able to gift them (even from an iPhone).

    And technically the iPad apps ARE in the store. It's all the same online store. They're simply shut off from displaying on the iPhone. Maybe you'd like me to use the porn section in the DVD rental store as an analogy. Kids can't see the porn DVDs but the porn DVDs are in the store. It's all the same store.
     
  7. benji888, Jun 25, 2011
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    This is true! However, I believe you can do this through iTunes on your computer.

    But, I agree, Apple really should think about the fact that if someone has an Apple iTunes account they should be able to gift anything available for purchase in the iTunes store via any device they have, for someone that has a device the purchaser does not have.

    Maybe there is a work-around using Safari???
     
  8. jon1987 macrumors regular

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    Apple probably think it would be to confusing to the end user if the iPhone AppStore was full of apps that didn't work for that device. It would be nice to be able to gift from to iPhone to the iPad but I can't see it happening.
    Plus if it's going to include iPad apps, then why not mac AppStore apps to?
     
  9. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    yes it's stupid that someone with a credit card can't gift an ipad app because they're using an iphone. What if they're using a Mac and want to gift something? That's the whole point of "gifting".

    Yes, that's right. You said it. Gifting needs to encompass all products (including possibly iDevice related peripherals).
     

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