Apple has come under criticism recently for in app purchases, specifically where kids are able to make in app purchases for games like Smurf’s Village and other games, racking up large bills for in app purchases on their parents credit cards.
According to the Washington Post, who recently spoke to Apple regarding the matter, all in app purchases now require a password to be entered for each item that is purchased within the app.
“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.”
This sounds like a good solution to the problem, and should stop parents from receiving large bills for items purchased without their knowledge, whether this is enough to keep the regulators happy remains to be seen.
We previously told you that the Federal Trade Comission are investigating Apple for the way these in app purchases have worked, it isn’t clear as yet whether these new changes will halt the FTC investigation or whether they will force Apple to make further changes to the way these in ap purchases work.
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