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Apple Allows Subscription Apps To Charge You More Without Your Permission

Apple justifies this by saying that it is for the benefit of the customers, so they won’t have to cancel subscriptions due to not getting a message. 

Apple Allows Subscription Apps To Charge You More Without Your Permission

According to Apple’s updated App Store policy, apps can auto-renew users for a subscription even if there is an increase in price. Prior to this change, users would have to manually confirm if there was a bump in price. Apple justifies this by saying that it is for the benefit of the customers, so they won’t have to cancel subscriptions due to not getting a message. 

There are some conditions that app developers must follow if they want to give what Apple is calling “an auto-renewable subscription price increase.”

To qualify, developers must limit the bump in price to 50%, and the increment must not be more than $5. Annual subscriptions will require developers to limit the increase in price to less than $50 if they don’t want an opt-in. 

To prevent any kind of scam, the policy mandates a raise in price only once a year without the need for an opt-in. Furthermore, the increase in price also has to be allowed by the local law.  

If these conditions are not satisfied, the user will have to manually opt-in for the bump in price or face cancellation of the subscription. Users will receive email notifications and messages in the app to notify the change. 

Tech enthusiasts are skeptical of this change. Although there might be some who wouldn’t want to re-subscribe due to a small change in price, there are also people who would want to know where their money goes. 

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