To combat the problems of accidental subscriptions to the App Store, Apple has added a further step to the registration process in the App Store.
Purchases of accidental subscriptions have been a continuous problem with iPhone with Touch ID where a purchase could be made unintentionally when you press the Home button (for example when you press to exit the App Store). This change was first noticed by developerDavid Barnard on Twitter.
“Wow! Apple added an additional confirmation step for the subscription. This new alert appears when you confirm with Touch ID / Face ID. I hope they can solve this problem in a more elegant way in iOS 13, but I am excited that Apple has taken clear steps to curb fraudulent subscriptions,” David Barnard wrote.
This new feature, deployed without being mentioned in the release notes of the latest version of iOS, is part of a set of measures taken by Apple to avoid purchases made by mistake on the App Store or the services that depend on it.
Apple additional pop-up screen will allows users to confirm that they want to pay for duplicate app subscriptions. After the user downloads the app that needs to be subscribed or taps the in-app subscription option the pop-up window will appear after the initial facial ID or touch ID confirmation screen.
Then, it is up to you to confirm or not your subscription by clicking Cancel or OK. With this new step, users will no longer have unpleasant surprises, as could happen by pressing the Home button to exit the application.
This is useful information, especially since most applications attract users by offering free trials, and users may not know that their cards are still charged after the trial period ends.
In addition, the feature can also be used to reduce the scam of Touch ID phones. As reported few fitness applications are purposely trapping people into in-app purchases while fingerprint scans to do fitness tracking data. The new pop-up screen will give extra protection against these Apps.
Earlier this year, for example, Apple updated developer’s documentation with more transparency in their payment requests. It is very nice to see Apple bringing more clarity to iOS users.