As of December 2020, the Family Sharing feature on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV allows you to share your subscriptions and in-app purchases with family members.
Fantastical maker FlexiBits today launched a new subscription offering aimed at families.
To help you stay on top of your subscriptions, Apple by default sends out renewal receipts anytime one of the services you're subscribed to charges your payment method on file for another installment. Thankfully, you can easily opt out of receiving Apple's subscription renewal emails if you don't want to be informed of that monthly charge of ten bucks for Apple Music or a Netflix charge or any other recent subscription renewal. Follow the steps in our tutorial to learn how to stop receiving subscription renewal emails from Apple.
In response to freemium fatigue, a new game subscription service called GameClub launched Thursday with the goal of updating iconic App Store games that cannot be played on modern iPhones and iPads because they were left behind by march of technology.
One of the tweaks in the second developer beta of iOS 13 that dropped yesterday is a prompt for when an app you're trying to delete from an iPhone or iPad has an active subscription.
As first noted by MacStories' editor-in-chief Federico Viticci yesterday afternoon, iOS 13 beta 2 now informs you if an app you're deleting has a subscription still active.
"Do you want to keep your subscription for this app?," asks the prompt. "Your subscription to this app can still be used on other devices," reads the alert text. The warning message includes precise information about when said subscription is set to renew automatically.
It also offers a Manage Subscriptions button to jump to the corresponding sub-section within the Settings app, and Keep, which keeps the subscription for the app being deleted.
While this may seem like an unnecessary feature addition in iOS 13, consider for a moment a bunch of cases of unwanted billing that were in the news not that long time ago because people didn't read prompts. On top of that, how many people use a subscription-tracking app like Bobby for iPhone to keep track of all the active subscriptions they have?
I know what I'm subscribed to and when my next billing cycles are due, but not everyone does. Keeping those people (who I suspect are in the majority) informed about the active recurring subscription for the app they're trying to delete could save them from bill shock.
For the rest of us, it's going to be an additional tap before that app gets wiped out.
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Spotify yesterday challenged the App Store business model, having filed an antitrust complaint with Europe’s competition watchdog calling Apple's 15-30 percent levy on iOS subscriptions unfair and anti competitive. A few hours later, Apple posted an open letter on its website addressing Spotify's claims.
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 recently previewed new discount options for auto-renewing subscriptions in iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac apps which will permit developers to offer a discounted price for a specific duration for existing and previously subscribed customers. Today, the company has detailed three ways app makers will soon be able to win past subscribers back.
As we reported yesterday, Apple is allegedly launching a premium news subscription at a media event Monday, March 25 at Steve Jobs Theater. But because greedy Apple apparently wants half of the revenue, it's facing resistance from America’s biggest newspapers.
Netflix has removed iTunes billing for all new users after customers in more two dozen countries could bypass the in-app subscription method as part of an experiment.
Eager to continue growing its booming Services business, Apple would prefer its registered developers embrace an in-app subscription model and has created a little video highlighting the benefits of recurring payments within apps.
Streaming giant Netflix is reportedly looking into ways to break free from Apple's revenue sharing scheme by bypassing iTunes billing altogether.