Apple restores app gifting to iOS App Store, shows they can update Share Sheets dynamically

Apple restores app gifting to iOS App Store, shows they can update Share Sheets dynamically

Apple has restored the ability to gift apps from the iPhone and iPad App Stores, something that was previously possible but went missing when iOS 6 shipped last fall. Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac spotted the triumphant, if stealthy return:

To gift an app, a user needs to click the action sheet button and then click the gift button. Users can even specify when the application should be delivered (up to 90 days advance).

The redesigned iOS 6 App Store was a bit of a mess at launch, but has been improving steadily since then. It's certainly possible it simply took Apple until now to get everything stable enough to start adding back features.

What's even more interesting is that Apple was able to add a feature to the Share Sheet over HTTP. (There was no firmware update, the new gifting option simply showed up in the grid.)

App Store is a web-based app, gifting is an entirely Apple-controlled process, and its possible the core functionality was all there just waiting to be surface. In other words, this might have been a unique or at least rare set of circumstances. But, the more Apple can update iOS without having to push out new versions, the better for everyone.

(Including pushing out built-in app updates via the App Store mechanism...)

Source: 9to5Mac

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darrylmendo says:

What happens if you gift an app for someone and they already own the app?

Dionte says:

Thank goodness, I wasn't feeling having to use logmein to pull up iTunes to gift someone an app. My brother didn't even get quickoffice when it was on sale. iTunes showed that it was sent. Smh.

cardfan says:

People actually do this? Just get them an itunes card.

ahmedkabir says:

You can have Promocode for one app if you take 5 of ours :)