In-App Purchase

Fix: Your Purchase Could Not Be Completed in the App Store

Your Purchase Could Not Be Completed Message

Have you ever tried to make a purchase on your iPhone or iPad, for a new app or in-app purchase, and received an error message that your purchase could not be completed in the App Store app?

More specifically, the error reads "Your purchase  could not be completed. For assistance, contact iTunes Support at www.apple.dom/support/itunes/ww/." The message shows you a website to visit but no further help regarding why the purchase didn’t go through.

Here we’ll list some possible reasons why your purchase could not be completed and how to remedy the situation.

Apple blocked Facebook update meant to shame its 30 percent App Store revenue share

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Facebook recently blamed the “Apple tax” for allegedly stopping it from helping struggling small businesses which had lost income due to the coronavirus. And now the social network has made another attempt to slam Apple over its refusal to waive its longstanding 30 percent commission on sales for its new online events feature.

Spotify has declared war on Apple over unfair App Store fees and subscription terms

Spotify yesterday filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with Europe's competition watchdog, saying App Store's 15-30 percent levy on iOS subscriptions is unfair and anti competitive. The lawsuit could set a major precedent because it might radically shake up the App Store economics should Apple be found guilty of anticompetitive behavior.

Apple modifies App Store rules to allow gifting of in-app purchases

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A significant change was discovered today in the App Store Review Guidelines regarding the gifting of in-app purchases. In the past, Apple has forbidden developers from allowing the gifting of IAP content, but with the new alterations to the rules, the company has apparently changed its stance.

Patch allows you to create a Portrait Mode effect on any iPhone

With the introduction of the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, Apple is putting more phones into the hands of consumers that are capable of taking photos with a bokeh effect dubbed Portrait Mode. While these phones are becoming more and more common, there are still a large number of people using phones that are not equipped to take these sort of photos. Patch is one of a few options that allow you to create photos with a Portrait Mode effect on any iPhone.

Apollo is a fantastic new Reddit client developed by a former Apple employee

Reddit users rejoice! Apollo is an astonishing new third-party client for iPhone and iPad developed by a former Apple engineer, and when you launch the app for the first time, you’ll recognize why we didn’t even have to tell you that.

The attention to detail in Apollo is stunning. Right down to the smallest details in the app’s user interface, Apollo meshes so well with the native iOS 11 user experience that you’d think Apple themselves made this app to ship with iOS 11 out of the box.

Touchdowners is an addictive game loosely based on American Football

Based loosely on the sport of American Football, the object of Touchdowners is to touch the football down at the end zone opposite of your starting position. It may sound simple enough, but it takes a little more finesse than you may imagine.

Apple now allowing developers to implement digital tip jars via In-App Purchase mechanism

Apple recently asked WeChat and other popular social networking apps in China to disable the popular tipping feature, and now we know why—the Cupertino giant has introduced an officially-sanctioned way for iPhone and iPad users to tip content creators in apps via the standard In-App Purchase mechanism.

Like with other In-App Purchases, tipping content providers is subjected to Apple's 70:30 revenue sharing scheme, meaning the company will keep 30 percent of any proceeds to itself.

According to TechCrunch, the updated App Store Review Guidelines now include a clause that deals with tips, here's a relevant excerpt:

Apps may use in-app purchase currencies to enable customers to “tip” digital content providers in the app. Apps may not include buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms other than In-App Purchases.

According to the report, developers have the freedom to decide how much of the tips are passed to the content creators themselves (after Apple's 30 percent cut, of course).

At any rate, Apple was smart to implement this cool new feature.

Tipping content creators like musicians, comedians, e-sports athletes and others is tremendously popular in China. The company has lacked a tipping system for iOS apps, meaning it couldn't get in on the action to process such transactions through its own iTunes billing system.

With tips now being officially supported via the familiar In-App Purchase mechanism, many customers who were previously reluctant to use PayPal or their credit card for tipping their favorite content creators will now be able to do so, directly in the app.

And by taking tipping out of the grey area, as TechCrunch observes, more developers might implement digital tip jars— without fearing repercussions from Apple—as an alternative way to get creators paid without having to offer ad revenue sharing.

In turn, the feature may create a whole new revenue stream for Apple at a time when the company is monetizing its huge user base in an attempt to boost its ever-growing Services revenue.

Cydia 1.1.28 exits beta: purchases now enabled on iOS 10

Since the release of yalu102 for iOS 10.0-10.2, users of the newest jailbreak have been unable to make new purchases on the Cydia store. This is completely normal behaviour; Saurik disables purchases on new firmware versions until both Cydia and the jailbreak reach a level of stability. The reason for this is to prevent complaints, refunds, and device problems brought about by the purchase and use of incompatible tweaks.

Today Cydia 1.1.28 exited beta, and that, in combination with the relative stability of the later yalu102 beta builds, seems to have satisfied Saurik as to the platform's readiness to receive paid transactions.