iOS 15.5 includes code to support apps with external purchases

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What you need to know

  • Code in the iOS 15.5 developer beta adds support for external purchases.
  • Apple will warn users if they delete an app that offers external purchases from the App Store.

iOS 15.5 is going to make it easier for developers to link users to external purchases outside of the App Store.

As reported by 9to5Mac, code in the first developer beta of iOS 15.5 includes support for "apps with external purchases following the announcement of a new entitlement option for 'reader apps.'"

The latest beta version of Apple's operating system has full support for the new entitlement used by apps to indicate that they let users make external purchases. For instance, if the user deletes an app that offers external purchases, iOS will show an alert saying that it is not possible to manage purchases and subscriptions through the App Store.

One of the updates is an alert that reminds users who delete an app that they may have a purchase set up outside of the App Store.

External purchases from [app's name] may still exist. You cannot manage or cancel any external purchases through the App Store. For more information, contact the developer.

According to the code, Apple will also offer an alert when someone opens an app that offers external purchases.

Internal iOS code analyzed by 9to5Mac also shows that Apple is implementing another alert that will show up when the user opens an app that offers external purchases for the first time. However, it's worth noting that this feature won't be available for every app.

Of course, external purchases, known as the "External Link Account Entitlement," are still only available for "Reader apps." Those apps include ones that offer videos, songs, books, magazines, and other digital content. If a developer wants to offer external purchases, they cannot also offer in-app purchases.

It's still unclear when iOS 15.5 will release to everyone, but Apple has already rolled out the first public beta to those signed up for the Beta Software Program.


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Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.