Here’s a small bit of good news on how the iPad App Store works. It looks like In-App purchases on the iPad are always prompting for a password now, even if you have just entered your password while purchasing or updating an app within the last few minutes.
This is a very nice change because previously the App Store would ‘remember’ the password for a period of 5 or 10 minutes after you used it – and this lead to some major issues with kids and crazy In-App purchases. There are far too many iOS games that are free but allow In-App purchases that can run into the hundreds of dollars.
We had an issue with this with our daughter who had for a time mastered the art of sly In-App purchases after dad had bought an app for her on her iPad. We had a long talk about In-App purchases being a bad thing, and also just physically turned off In-App purchases on her iPad. If you need to know how to do that, see my post on how to turn off In-App purchases on the iPad.
I know Apple has received a large volume of complaints about this issue and I’m very glad to see that they are tightening things up on In-App purchases.