ios 7-1 in-app

Apple released iOS 7.1 earlier this week, and among its many other changes is a new warning message for users regarding the 15-minute in-app purchase window. The window allows you to buy IAPs on an iOS device for 15 minutes after a password is entered without authorization.

The move is likely part of Apple’s efforts to make good on its settlement with the FTC regarding a lawsuit over IAPs. The company told the commission that it would issue refunds to those affected, and modify its in-app billing system to make the whole process more clear for users…

As noted by AppleInsider, the pop-up gives users a direct link to the Settings application where they can apply restrictions for in-app purchases. They can choose to leave the 15-minute buy window alone, require a password for every purchase, or turn off in-app purchasing altogether.

For its lawsuit settlement made with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) in January, Apple agreed to refund over $30 million to those affected by ‘unauthorized purchases.’ It also agreed to make necessary changes to its App Store checkout and billing processes by the end of March.

In addition to the FTC suit, Apple has faced a handful of class-action lawsuits from parents over its IAP policies. It’s also had to issue individual refunds to parents of up to $6000. It’ll be interesting to see if the changes it’s made in iOS 7.1 will finally put an end to this expensive headache.

  • Pato_

    Just install LocalIAPStore, in-app purchases GONE!!!! 🙂

    • David Gitman

      What if you were a developer?
      you wanted money on your arts too right?

      • on3simpleclick

        In-App-Purchases are cancerous.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Unnecessary In-App-Purchases akin to the like of Americas favourite consistently voted worst company Electronic Arts (or E-stupid-A) are cancerous. I’ve made many one-off In-App-Purchases though either to support developers or unlock more features. If you think I want to buy a trillion coins for a couple of hundred in hard cold cash you can think again…

      • David Gitman

        you are right sir

      • planetcoalition

        IAPs are not inherently cancerous. I would gladly pay for IAPs that are one-time and not blatant extortions, like those that unlock features.

    • Abi Manyu

      sadly not all…

  • Willie

    I don’t think its a good idea. For convienience it’s good… But this may lead to spending in app purchases unknowingly.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I wonder if a developer could make a proof of concept where In-App-Purchases are made automatically (without user interaction) within this 15 minute window…

      • planetcoalition

        No, developers can’t.

  • Batman

    Hate IAP

  • on3simpleclick

    What the hell are Apple thinking introducing a feature such as this?
    In-App-Purchases are already rife within games on the App Store &
    all this does is make it easier for developers to take advantage of
    people who are more likely to spend money on IAP’s.
    What ever happened to paying up front & knowing that everything is
    available already to you & you don’t need to pay money to win?
    In-App-Purchases are the cancer of the mobile gaming industry &
    no one should be supporting the use of them at all in any game.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I kind of agree and disagree with that. I don’t think coins and unlockables should be distributed via In-App-Purchases but In-App-Purchases make a great platform to distribute downloadable content (DLC) for example what TellTale does to distribute their episodes and extra content in The Walking Dead games…

      • on3simpleclick

        DLC’s are the only exceptions when it comes to IAP’s.
        The only thing you should be able to buy within games are
        cosmetic enhancements or add-on parts for the games, eg,
        episodes, levels, etc. IAP’s that are only there to provide
        things like in-game-currency, unlockables, or things that
        modify the game in a way to beat it easier, should not be
        allowed at all. Full stop.

  • nonchalont

    Damn I fuckin hate IAP’s. Yes, it’s fuckin stupid! It’s a way for developers to definitely take advatange. It only leads to “you got to pay to win”

  • Kenrick Fernandes

    Seriously i wish 7.1 had more cosmetic changes. The car play and the whole removal of nested folder or even while switching off the phone or receiving a call doesn’t count as changes to me. I didn’t like android. but when i got the nexus 7 it was a game changer to me. I’m not going to comment or start a war. I’m open to try new things. However even the smallest updates on the android bring a good fair amount of changes. I’m getting tired of these crappy 7.0.4, or 7.06 or even 7.1. Why are they not giving us what we want. For eg: I want more functionality on the control centre. I want to be able to change those 5 default icons..

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Probably because this is the Apple way. If Google does things differently then that’s their choice but generally Apple doesn’t add many groundbreaking features in incremental updates. On the face of it a .1 update might seem like a big update but really iOS 7.1 is just fixing everything that should have been in iOS 7 in the first place…

    • on3simpleclick

      The Cydia developers do what Apple is to lazy to do themselves.
      Hopefully jOS7.1 is jailbroken sometime soon, but I wouldn’t be
      surprised if they decide to wait until iOS8 is released.

    • diggitydang

      I appreciate your opinion. I tried Android too (3 times in fact – all from the Galaxy line, so I didn’t try the Nexus 7) but hated every one. Look and feel, along with esthetic design just can’t compare to iOS. It’s not TERRIBLE, but it doesn’t compare to Apple design. That said, while you may have more esthetic upgrades with Android, that wait for your device to get those updates is excruciating (how long is the wait with a Nexus device)? I think I read that only 5% or so have the latest 4.4 update (or whatever the latest one is). I know, I know, that includes the non-Nexus devices… But for someone who would only value the removeable battery, expandable storage and camera upgrades in the SGS5, for example, Nexus isn’t an option anymore. Plus, if I want those features I just mentioned, that really limits which device I can buy… If I add that I want frequent and immediate updates, that doesn’t really exist, even on Android. I’m not saying iOS is perfect, but at the end of the day, individuals have their own individual preferences and value the benefits and shortcomings of each OS differently. Bottom line – people can’t tell others which device is best for someone else.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        And that is my brother i had mentioned the nexus range and not any other device. Because the nexus 7 is what i own and then i can compare apples to apples(no pun intended). Yes with the nexus 7 i can updates the day it is released. And i only wished you try the nexus rather than the galaxy range of devices. Nexus is the vanilla android and it’s plain and simple and easy to use. Not like the touchwiz or the sense. Anyways im happy with my iphone 5, but im equally happy with my nexus 7. The nexus 7 is such a great device. Thank you for replying 🙂

      • diggitydang

        I totally respect your opinion. If I ever did try Android again, I think it would be a Nexus device though (or an HTC – it looks like a quality device). That all said, for me, nothing beats my jailbroken iPhone 5S and I don’t see myself moving away from it for awhile. Especially if screen sizes increase later this year. I believe Apple will pull away a lot of marketshare from Android with larger screen sizes alone.

        Anyway, good luck to you!

  • Mads Teland

    I think Apple should make the problem removed if they decide to have only password confirmation infinitely instead 15 minutes between them.

  • diggitydang

    From the title, I thought this was somehow saying that we can refund apps within 15 minutes now!! Hahaha. I read it too quick and was seeing the headline while getting up this morning… Wish it were the case though!!!