Seriously- step back and try to be objective here.
OK- let's play a game. Who gets the blame here:
-A $99 In-App purchase in a child's game geared for 3-5 year olds.
Does the developer get the blame? Does Apple get a portion of the blame for allowing such a ludicrous amount?
-A 15 minute "free pass" by default after you have entered your password once. Translation- you buy a game, or download a free app- password is inactive for 15 minutes... again- by default.
Does Apple get the blame for not putting a safe lock in place?
Developers put these purchases in place to make money- of course- and I would too. Apple wants their 30% cut- and as a shareholder- I'm glad they get them. But if we're talking about blame and responsibility- it absolutely falls on Apple and the Developers. There is absolutely no reason a $99 IAP should be in a children's game, and there is absolutely no reason why there should be a deactivated password for 15 minutes. Apple now has made it where you are required to enter a password with every purchase by default. But that wasn't the case prior to this lawsuit.
Apple needs to shoulder some responsibility here. The bottom line is everyone isn't as smart as you and I when it comes to knowing every in and out of the settings of an iOS device. That's why the safest default option should have been utilized. The only reason they had 15 minutes for the password to be deactivated was to make it easier for you to buy more and buy faster. If you buy that much, that fast- then you should go turn the 15 minute option "off". Unfortunately, this wasn't the case.
wiggin wrote: »
Before Apple changed things in response to complaints, yes it was possible to make in app purchases without a password. Your iDevice would remember the password after the first time you used it and would not ask for it again for future purchase, in app or otherwise.
andysol wrote: »
Every time along the journey this story has been posted, there are always a dozen or so people who hop on and blame the parents. Then once the other posters get on and educate them on what happened and why- they always change their opinion.
philboogie wrote: »
$1.99 to remove ads? I buy that.
charlituna wrote: »
But they did have restrictions for in app since the iPad came out. Plus there was a timer. After something like ten minutes you had to out in your password again. It didn't remember it for all time
And this funny thing called not using your iDevices as babysitters.