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If I was at Apple, here's what I'd recommend for loosening the limit on third party In App Purchases.

(1) Add a new preference about IAP - how to handle third party payments. Choices are "Never allow third party payments", "Allow with authentication (touch ID/Face ID)", "Allow without authentication". Default is "Allow with authentication"

(2) Whenever an app is going to do an IAP it wants to use third party payments, it must make an OS call that checks the status, and either returns "Allowed" or "Denied".

That way, the user is always made aware of the transaction happening, and someone borrowing a device can't ring up charges without the owner's permission.

Posted on December 1, 2021, 4:43 pm

Donald Brown

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