Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Can App Store Return Policy Make Paid Applications Free to Customers?

The newly introduced iOS 8 app return policy could mean something else. Users who purchase apps and games in App Store and are able to return then within the 14 days after purchase could keep the program on their iDevice anyway, at no additional cost.

Is it a new way on how to get iOS apps for free without jailbreaking? The European standard makes the Cupertino-based company allow consumers getting a 14-day window open up for a refund.

Experts think that this could mean another return iOS app problem. If the person buys an application, uses is for several days and decides to return [the 14-day window makes it possible to get your refund], he or she can actually continue using the program until deciding to uninstall the app. Who can control users and make sure they uninstall the iOS 8 app right after they announced they want their money back?

It looks like you can buy apps without removing them [and being not able to update them to the newer version] and nothing happens in case you don’t delete the application you were granted the refund for. In other words, you can use paid games and apps for free for as long as you wish.

The same thing can be done with music, iBooks and other software purchased through iTunes or App Store. The Cupertino-based giant can do nothing about the 14-day return option because such a law is instituted by the EU. Will Apple do anything about controlling users who asked for the refund or not?

Devs and artists might have to rely on human honesty and integrity, otherwise, they can lose their money for good.


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