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App Store and applications labeled free, which in the end are not

App Store and applications labeled free, which in the end are not
App Store. (photo: Expansion)

The following situation that will be described has surely happened to many readers: the user of a iphone suddenly it occurs to him to download one app in app store, it goes to the ‘Apps’ category, then ‘Amazing Apps for iOS 16’ and downloads.

Nevertheless, as soon as the app is opened, a warning screen appears: “this app is a membership service with a one week free trial”.

In short, the user backs out and decides to download another application that he may also like “for free”. Then, history repeats itself: as soon as the app is opened, a message is displayed warning that if certain money is not paid, the application will not be able to be used.

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“Try the app for a week for free”

Apple is transparent when users ask about app information and features. The problem is that getting data about your payment features is not that easy or friendly. The developers are not even completely transparent about their use.

The specifications section has a ‘In-app purchases’ section where the tab shows a “yes” or “no”. In case the user wishes to see more information, he would have to click on the arrow on the right. By clicking on it, it will be possible to see different options and plans for the programs.

Apps that have micropayments inside them but cannot be used when opened.  (photo: App Store/Jose Arana)
Apps that have micropayments inside them but cannot be used when opened. (photo: App Store/Jose Arana)

So where is the problem with all this? Well, nowhere in the data sheet does it mention that if the user does not pay, you can’t use the app.

And it is that this includes those applications that are free that have purchases within the application (micropayments), as well as “free” applications (at least with this label when entering the app) that, yes, also allow you to unlock paid functions but which are not really free, and require the user to pay a subscription monthly or yearly to use them since they open.

A good example is the application that will be left below this paragraph. AI Profile Pic – Avatar Maker allows you to take portraits with artificial intelligence (pretty interesting on paper). It is advertised as free and as soon as you open it, it mentions that the user has to pay S/. 37.90. If whoever wants to use this app doesn’t pay, they won’t be able to export the portrait, simply because they can’t use the app from the start.

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AI Profile Pic - Avatar Maker.  (photo: App Store/Composition/Jose Arana)
AI Profile Pic – Avatar Maker. (photo: App Store/Composition/Jose Arana)

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