LATEST IOS BETA PROMPTS YOU TO UNSUBSCRIBE WHEN UNINSTALLING APPS WITH A PAID SUBSCRIPTION.
Apple has taken several steps over the last year to make users more conscious of the subscriptions they’ve signed up for on iOS. Now, with iOS 13, Apple will notify users when they try to delete an app that still has an active subscription.
“Do you want to keep the subscription for this app?” the message reads, before giving you a link to manage your Apple ID subscriptions. The feature was first spotted by MacStories editor Federico Viticci.
Apple notes that even if you remove the app, your subscription will remain active and can still be used on other devices.
It’s a sensible move from Apple after its App Store was hit by a plague of “free” apps that used a variety of shady tactics to extort money from unsuspecting users. Often these schemes revolve around aggressively forcing users into signing up to expensive subscriptions with unclear terms, in the hope that people either won’t notice or will forget to unsubscribe. If a user is uninstalling an app, then there’s a good chance they’re no longer interested in the subscription. Giving people a link to manage their subscriptions is a convenient way of reminding them to cancel.
Earlier this year, Apple made a change in the subscription signup process, making it harder for a user to commit to a subscription accidentally.
The feature is the latest in a series of attempts made by Apple to make app payment terms clearer to its users. Apple also changed its App Store guidelines to say that developers have to be more upfront with the true cost of subscriptions, it has added an extra confirmation step during signup, and it also reorganized its menus to make your active Apple ID subscriptions easier to see and manage.
Apple released the second iOS 13 beta today. Read our full roundup of everything new right here.
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