Apple Inc. (AAPL) iOS 7.1 adds 15-minute in-app purchase warning

Posted Mar 13, 2014

This past week Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) released iOS 7.1 as part of a software update. iOS 7.1 bought a few small design changes, but one of the most notable features is a new pop-up warning message that warns users about making an in-app purchase.

iOS users are warned about a 15-minute grace period where additional purchases can be made without reentering your iTunes password. The in-app content policy is displayed after making an initial purchase. The pop-up gives access to iOS device Settings where users can add in-app purchase limitations for every purchase.

Users can turn off in-app purchases altogether as well. Apple placed the 15-minute no-password window in the iOS App Store in 2008. Apple had to settle a lawsuit by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission about how in-app purchases are handled.

The FTC argued that Apple’s system made it too easy for kids to make purchases without parental consent. There was even a major case where an eight-year-old British girl managed to charge over $6,000 to her father’s account.

Apple refunded around $32.5 million to parents that made unauthorized purchases. Apple also agreed to change how the App Store handles in-app purchases.

Apple was given March 31st to make the changes and it looks like the company made it just in time this month.

[Source: AppleInsider]