Apple will soon allow users to gift App Store in-app purchases to friends

Apple will soon allow users to gift App Store in-app purchases to friends
The ability to gift digital products is something very common these days, but not all digital stores provide this feature to customers. When it comes to in-app purchases, things are even more complicated, especially if we're talking about distribution platforms like App Store and Google Play Store.

But things are about to change, as Apple is gearing up to launch a new feature that will allow App Store users to gift in-app purchases to friends and family. MacRumors reports the App Store Review Guidelines have been recently updated to reflect the new change.

The phrase “apps should not directly or indirectly enable gifting of in-app purchase content, features, or consumable items to others,” has been replaced with another one that suggests exactly the opposite: “apps may enable gifting of items that are eligible for in-app purchase to others.”

The guidelines also mention that these gifts may only be refunded to the original purchaser and may not be exchanged. Of course, we won't know how exactly the in-app purchases gifting will work, but at least we know this option will soon be available to App Store users.

At the moment, App Store allows users to gift apps to their friends, but not in-app purchases. Gifts are redeemable via email, so you'll have to know a contact's email address before you can send an App Store credit for a specific app.

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6 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 672; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

this is actually cool.

2. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

This is really good. I can send premium apps worthy to use to my friends and relatives. Meanwhile, android fans struggling to get the best experience in their apps as they want nothing else but free. Android store is sucks just like their phones and fans.

5. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

It really sucks to be you. Why are you a platform racist? Liking something, doesn't mean you have to hate thing else. All racist, no matter what kind they are, should all be struck by a bolt of lightning and erraticated from civilized existance. Because such uncivil people have no place in society. Your hate has blinded you to the fact Android has had such. In fact, I can add a y friend or family to my family account and I can directly download an app to their phone as I text them and tell them about it. So they do even have to wait for a link. In fact we can share the app to a list and they can also go download it when they want too if need be. You are such a tool. You must be some lonely ugly hermit with no friends and you hate life. Because every lost on Android articles is nothing but hate. Funny how people like you never get banned. But those of us who love tech, who true to talk sw se to you skallywags, they all get banned or limited. Go enjoy your miserable life. You need to get out your basement and put the phone down a d mean how to socialize with people.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30660; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Notice he never responds? It’s honestly just fun, making fun of him.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 501; Member since: May 02, 2016

Thats cool.. but if only if my friends know what is gift

4. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Appstore still sucks because there still no apps wich are responsive to the newest ibend pro.

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