Apple has reportedly expanded the subscription process in the App Store by adding an additional layer of step in order to prevent accidental purchase. The company has been spotted a “confirm subscription” pop-up that is aimed to avoid unintentional purchase. The new addition is said to be in the rollout process last week. Apple made it easier to manage existing subscription in the app store by adding a dedicated shortcut in February. The company also updated its developer guidance for in-app subscriptions to help define price details for each subscription.
The new feature from Apple was first spotted by app developer David Barnard on Twitter, where he states that Apple has added an additional confirmation step for the subscription. When a user authenticates the subscription through TouchID or FaceID, a pop-up titled confirm subscription emerges in order to get a final subscription from the user side. “The subscription will continue unless canceled in Settings at least one day before a subscription period ends,” reads the text on the pop-up.
Users would then need to tap on the OK button in order to finalize the subscription while clicking on the cancel button would revoke the subscription. Apple has integrated this feature in order to stop accidental purchase, which is one of the major problems persisting on the App Store.
Apple devices that support TouchID are more prone to accidental purchases since all it takes for the subscription to activate is user’s finger on the Home Button. Notably, iPhones with FaceID support do not have this issue, since users need to double-click the side button before enabling the facial recognition technology to authenticate subscription purchases.
Apparently, the extra layer of confirmation step has not been rolled out worldwide by Apple as of yet.
Moreover, Apple is apparently working on an updated version of MagSafe, one of the best power connectors invented by the company, according to a new patent application published by the USPTO on Friday.
In the patent listing, Apple details how power cords can cause damage to laptops, tablets, and smartphones if they are still plugged in during a “jolting” motions, like if the device is dropped.