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Apple Adds Extra Confirmation Step When Purchasing Subscriptions in Apps

Written by Dennis Bailey

Apple has added an extra affirmation step while App Store users purchase an app available on a subscription foundation or tap to join a top class provider in an app, ensuring no unintended subscription purchases arise.
The new subscription characteristic turned into highlighted on Twitter via developer David Barnard this afternoon and appears to were carried out recently.

With this new affirmation step, while you download an app with a subscription or faucet on a subscription option in an app in which the subscription characteristic is optionally available, you may see a second subscription popup caution after to start with confirming a buy with Face ID or Touch ID to your iPhone or iPad.

The popup warns that the subscription will maintain until canceled inside the Settings app as a minimum in the future earlier than a subscription duration ends, requiring users to confirm the attention with an OK button or tap cancel to cancel the initiation of the subscription.
Adding a 2d affirmation display screen to subscription purchases will thwart app developers who’ve been the usage of nefarious techniques to trick users into shopping subscriptions or making subscription charges and terms doubtful.
Accidental subscription purchases had been an ongoing hassle with Touch ID iPhones in which an investment may be made by accident when putting the finger on the Home button (along with when urgent to go out-of the App Store), however the new affirmation display screen makes it more apparent that you’re beginning an ordinary subscription on each Face ID and Touch ID iPhones.

It sounds like a 1/2-based try at addressing some authentic problems. I don’t want a pop-up notification to alert me to something that I *just* did. I need a pop-up alert for something it is approximately to show up. Sure, if we are speak me approximately Netflix or some other first-rate employer charging me a $10/month subscription, this is not a massive deal. My concern (which I’ve been hit with – blame my spouse) are conditions where you download an “unfastened” app, get an automatic “loose trial” subscription, and after that unfastened trial, it robotically converts to a $100/12 months (or whatever) subscription.
It might additionally assist if Apple did not make it so damned tough to locate all the subscriptions you have purchased via the App Store. There must be a brief and clean way to discover all your current subscriptions, but there isn’t. It’s buried through a convoluted mess of menus that are not intuitive in any respect.

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Dennis Bailey