Apple banning apps that con users into subscribing

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Apple recently made some changes to its App Store guidelines which could mean far fewer people will be duped into subscribing to an app or service on the platform.

These changes explicitly state what and how app developers can ask users for money.

More specifically the pricing listed for subscriptions has to be clear as far as what is being offered, along with the larger text on the price list noting precisely what you’ll be paying for.

Added to this, app developers will be forced by Apple to explain how they can manage or cancel their subscription up front, as well as how the free trials work and whether they’ll be billed should they not cancel once the trial is over.

Furthermore, Apple says developers need to ensure such terms and conditions, as it pertains to subscription payments and management, cannot be buried away in fine print and should be easier to find.

It still remains to be seen how strictly Apple will enforce these new guidelines, but TechCrunch notes that the company has stated it will soon be making contact with developers who continue to be misleading about their subscriptions and payments.

Tinder is one app highlighted by Apple, with the dating service’s six month subscription listed $8.83 per month Stateside. Consumers may think they’ll pay the sub $9 price each month, but it is in fact an up front payment of $52.98.

Whether they’ll take action against an app as popular as Tinder, remains to be seen.

For now it as least good to see Apple start taking steps to better safeguard its community, while also holding developers to account.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.