Apple teaches iOS users about in-app purchases and parental controls

Apple teaches iOS users about in-app purchases and parental controls
You might recall a couple of high profile incidents where young children made in-app purchases, unaware that their parents would be responsible to pay for it. Eventually, Apple gave in and removed the charges. But as it turns out, even some adult users of iOS are unaware of how the whole in-app purchasing thing works. So Apple decided to put up an online user guide, hoping that the more parents it educates, the number of children making unsupervised in-app purchases declines.

Apple has done a pretty good job at defining an in-app purchase, calling it "optional transactions designed to enhance an app's functionality". It also divides these transactions into three types. Permanent enhancements unlock game levels, remove advertising and add features to an app. Expendable purchases are additions that disappear once used, such as extra lives. Lastly, there are auto-renewing apps like magazine subscriptions that need to be renewed on a regular schedule.

The most important part of this education is the section dealing with how to set parental controls so that junior doesn't wipe out your credit card buying magic coins or magical weapons. By enabling restriction, children will need to get permission before making an in-app purchase.

source: Slashgear


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7 Comments

1. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

If I remember correctly from my sister's ipod touch... you cannot get into the app store and itunes to get apps unless you register a credit card... This is absolutely stupid, IMO Android does it better, letting you skip the option so you can download free apps... And there is no way you are getting charged, unless somebody register a credit card... Apple should make CC registracion optional, specially since they have the iTunes gift cards... which you can buy and give to your kids

3. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

4. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It used to be like I described... good for them if they change it... I tent to surround myself with quality, not over priced, good looking, full feature products... thats why I can't even remember apple's policies...

5. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

This tutorial is from 5 years ago and they already had the none option. http://www.idownloadblog.com/2008/10/18/create-an-itunes-account-without-a-credit-card/

7. JulianGT

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

no, it never was like that

2. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

This sort of story is nothing new. When the internet started going mainstream in early to mid 90s, every other week you'd hear a story about children using their parents credit cards to buy things online with their parents permission. This is the same concept only its not the children using the card with out the parents permission, its apple. When you purchase something from playstore, its asks you for your Google login password. (While this option can be disabled, its defaulted to be on). This procedure should be on all OS'es

6. dangchitrung

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Teach them how to recognize which iproduct is which first.

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