Apple Now Allows Users to Tip with In-App Purchases

Todd Singleton
June 13, 2017

It is important to note that Apple cracked down on unofficial tipping, which was a way around the 30 percent fee on in-app purchases by highlighting how the tips were donations rather than actual purchases.

In a policy update for the App Store that coincides with the iOS 11 developer release, Apple added the following line: "Apps may use in-app purchase currencies to enable customers to "tip" digital content providers in the app".

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In other words, app developers can no longer put their own review prompts into their apps. The updated App Store rules reveal the hard restrictions led by Apple on the appearance of app review prompts and the number of time the users sees them. They have to use Apple's official API, which allows users to provided a rating from 1-5 stars without actually leaving the app. Apple introduced the rating prompt a few months ago, but it's been optional up until now.

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Coombs goes on to say that users will always be given the choice between "Never, When in Use and Always" when the app is first used, so you can have your Uber and uh, eat it too.

Each app will only be allowed to prompt you three times a year in this way as well.

If you still dislike the new way of Apple encouraging you to rate apps, you can turn them off altogether by heading into the iOS Settings app.

This is great news for developers who had previously found Apple cracking down on tipping, but it's also good news for Apple's finances.

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