“Apple said Thursday that it changed its policy for how purchases can be made within applications on the iPhone and iPad, an attempt to protect users, particularly children, from accidentally racking up iTunes charges,” Cecilia Kang reports for The Washington Post.
“Apple said its new device software, iOS 4.3, made available Wednesday, will come with a feature that requires a password when purchases are made within an application after it is downloaded,” Kang reports. “Parents had complained to the The Post that in the 15-minute period after an app was downloaded, children were buying sometimes hundreds of dollars of purchases on games such as Smurfs’ Village and Tap Zoo — popular iTunes games that are also among the highest-grossing programs for in-app purchases.”
Kang reports, “‘We are proud to have industry-leading parental controls with iOS,’ said Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Apple. She said users have always been able to use parental control setting and restrictions of in-app purchases to protect their iTunes accounts from accidental charges. ‘With iOS 4.3, in addition to a password being required to purchase an app on the App Store, a reentry of your password is now required when making an in-app purchase.'”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Last month we wrote, “This is a real issue and it should go without saying that parents need to discuss the ramifications with their kids or not give them their password. Still, Apple needs to do a better job of preventing kids from making such purchases.”
Good job, Apple!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Thumper” for the heads up.]
As kids rack up huge bills, U.S. FTC asked to investigate iOS, Android In-App purchases – February 10, 2011