Apple's App Store now allows free trials for all apps

Apple's App Store now allows free trials for all apps
Two days ago, Apple introduced updated App Store guidelines that go hand-in-hand with the new iOS 12 update. And, upon inspection of these, it appears Apple is now opening up the App Store to free trials when it comes to premium apps.

Until now, free trials were limited to subscription-based apps such as Apple Music, which offer a limited-time free trial with the agreement that users will pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee once the free period is over. Nevertheless, regular premium apps have never had access to this luxury, something that has become one of the biggest complains among the iOS user community. After all, premium apps can sometimes be expensive and are often something people prefer to trial before making any final decisions. Thanks to a newly-modified 3.1.1. guideline, though, Apple is now allowing developers behind apps that have a price tag attached to them to offer a trial period. In order to do so, the length needs to be stated clearly prior to its activation, while the contents or services that will be revoked upon its finalization must also be listed clearly.

The latest guideline to be updated comes after Apple also modified those relating to app updates and remote mirroring apps. Specifically, app developers will now be forced to “clearly describe” any new features or changes that are implemented in updates within the What’s New section. Also, in a move that could allow the Steam Link app to finally launch on iOS devices, Apple has stated that all screen mirroring apps must now comply with a new set of rules. These include not offering any store-like interfaces that could resemble the official App Store or the ability to purchase software that is already owned by the user. However, Apple will allow purchases to be made as long as they are not completed through an iOS device.

source: Apple via: Ubergizmo

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16 Comments

1. NinoH

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

Very cool, this should be standard across the board!

3. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yes, I'm so thankful for this. Tired of buying apps that don't do what I need them to which I couldn't find out until buying it. On Android, all you need is a trial.

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Or a full version apk.

2. gamehead unregistered

Nice.

4. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Very cool. Especially Facebook should mention its updates

5. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Was this needed? Refunds work well for me.

6. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yes it was needed.

9. nepalisherpa

Posts: 337; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

It’s easier to just delete apps than requesting refunds.

10. whatev

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

He doesn’t have any iOS device, he’s just trolling as usual, he needs it as normal people need breathing

13. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Delete an app that you paid for without getting a refund? That makes sense to you?

14. whatev

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Can anyone understand just by the comment above the thing about android users having lower IQ than iOS users? There’s nothing more to say ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

15. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You must be the exception.

16. whatev

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’m sorry I hurt your feelings, I didn’t mean to, I was talking about the troll above :(

7. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Wish the iOS 12 itself doesn't come with a trial period. Should be much easier to revert back to previous version if it's still full of bugs. Don't love 11.x versions - just don't want 12 to be another one that I have to run into more unknown bugs.

8. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Wish the iOS 12 itself doesn't come with a trial period. Should be much easier to revert back to previous version if it's still full of bugs. Don't love 11.x versions - just don't want 12 to be another one that I have to run into more unknown bugs.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

About time, and very welcomed.

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