Apple is reportedly ‘scrambling’ to fix problems with the in-app purchasing system within the App Store, as the tech giant rushes to make a series of changes in time for the March 31st deadline imposed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US.
When the legal changes come into force, Apple will have to get 'consumers’ express, informed consent’ every single time they want to make an in-app purchase.
Until now, users have been able to make purchases without entering an Apple ID password for fifteen minutes after they’ve handed over security details.
This has led to countless stories of parents receiving huge bills after children unwittingly bought in-app extras while using iPhones and iPads. These tales led to an FTC investigation and the now-looming, end-of-March deadline.
Apple is said to be having real issues implementing changes to App Store rules. It also needs to abide by another FTC ruling that states consumers can withdraw their consent for making an in-app purchase at any time.
This is rumoured to be making the process particularly tough, as users will have to tap in their password every time they make an in-app purchase.
It’s believed Apple could be lining up these changes as part of iOS 7.1. That major tweak of the company’s mobile platform is expected to hit devices next week.