March 14, 2011
Apple Alters Purchase Policy
Over the last year or so, I’ve been hearing more and more about people’s kids going on Apple shopping sprees on their iPhones and iPads without the parents’ realizing it. First of all, why are you letting your kid play with your iPhone/iPad without supervising? Second, the kids have gotten smarter.
They’ve figured out how to just go in and buy games that look fun to them. If the owner of the device is already logged into their iTunes account, then no password or credit card information had been required in order to make the purchase. And, of course, no returns!
So since Apple had gotten a lot of complains about this issue, in the new iOS 4.3 (the iPhone/iPad’s operating system), the user will always be prompted for a password for the first in-app purchase someone tries to make when they open the app store. It adds a little bit of security to be more kid-friendly, but it isn’t a huge distraction. Once you log into the app store, you can make multiple purchases without the password prompt.
“We are proud to have industry-leading parental controls with iOS,” said Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Apple, to Washington Post. Of course, this isn’t exactly the case, but how much responsibility falls to Apple to prevent children from downloading more apps onto their parents’ phones?
What do you think about the new policy? Is it enough?
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am