Apple is testing allowing developers to automatically charge users for subscription price increases

Apple may be preparing to change how iOS subscriptions work if a developer raises prices. Disney+ appears to have started notifying users of upcoming price changes and then opting in automatically, which is different from how subscription price increases are normally handled.

Sarah Perz for TechCurnch:

In most other cases, a customer is presented with options to either accept the new higher price or visit the subscription management page to cancel service. If customers ignore this warning without clicking the “I accept” button, the subscription is automatically canceled on their behalf.

The discrepancy with how Disney+ works was recently discovered by developer Max Seelemann, who claimed to have received a notification about the streamer’s price increase which only offered a large “OK” button, with small characters informing users if they wanted to cancel, they could click a link to review their subscription.

Disney has changed the prices of its streaming service over the past year, including a $1 increase for Disney+ announced in March 2021 in the United States. The service then went from $6.99 per month to $7.99 per month, or from $69.99 to $79.99 for users with an annual subscription. . Other international markets saw similar but smaller increases at different times.

While $1 isn’t a huge or earth-shattering change, the problem is that unscrupulous developers could potentially use such a feature to raise prices much higher without users agreeing to the new fee directly.

MacDaily news note: An Apple spokesperson told techCrunch that this subscription price increase change is part of a pilot test: “We are piloting a new commerce feature that we plan to launch very soon. The pilot includes developers from different app categories, organization sizes, and regions to help test an upcoming enhancement that we think will be great for developers and users, and we’ll have more details to share in the coming weeks.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]