Apple has added a new “Learn More About In-App Purchases” feature to the iPad version of the App Store, as the company continues to attempt to make users aware that many apps, both free and paid, do offer the ability to purchase additional content from inside the apps.
The document includes four sections, addressing what In-App Purchases are, types of In-App Purchases, how they work, and how Parental Controls in iOS can be used to turn the feature off entirely.
From the “Learn More” section: “On devices running iOS 4.3 or later, you must enter your password to make an In-App Purchase. Once you enter your password to make that purchase, additional In-App Purchases can be made without reentering your password for 15 minutes. To change your settings to require a password entry with every purchase, open Settings, tap General, then tap Restrictions, and change Require Password.”
This new effort on Apple’s part to inform customers comes a month after the company added “Offers In-App Purchases” labels on App Store listings for apps that support the feature. The company also recently settled a lawsuit related to children making in-app purchases, some totaling thousands of dollars, without their parents’ authorization.
The new section is currently only available in the iPad version of the App Store, no word on when, or if the same information will appear in the App Store on the iPhone and in iTunes.