iOS 6 App Store Reinstates Gifting For Holidays

By Prarthito Maity | Dec 15, 2012 10:22 AM EST

Apple is back with some major developments this holiday season. Per reports, Apple has brought back the popular gifting feature back into the iOS 6 and it’s just in time for the biggest time of the year.

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This move from Apple means that users can now directly send a paid app to someone as a gift. The feature was previously available with iOS 5 but disappeared when iOS 6 debuted this fall. However, the feature’s popularity made Apple think twice and was accordingly reestablished for users to use if they intend to gift someone a paid app.

In order to make use of this feature, users will need to open the App Store app on their iOS device and choose a paid app that they would like to gift. Next, they will need to click on the Share button in the upper right corner and the Share options window will appear with a new icon in the lower right called Gift. Tap on the Gift icon to conclude the process.

However, per a Ubergizmo report “as noted by TNW, the new unannounced gifting procedure in the App Store is a “bit awkward” since it requires users to tap the action button in the upper right corner of an app’s listing to bring up the action sheet.”

Nonetheless, most Apple fans will be thrilled to know that the popular feature is back in the App Store with users finally retaining the ability to gift paid apps to fellow iOS users. Moreover, users running iOS 5 and lower can still enjoy the ability to gift apps from the normal link in the App Store.

It is important to remember that users will be prompted for their Apple ID passwords, and they may be required to confirm the payment type. Next, they will be asked to enter the e-mail address of the gift recipient and also a personal message (provided the users wishes to include one).

The biggest news here, as 9to5Mac reports, is that the newest change was made on Apple’s server, and so there’s no need to update anything. The main aim of the company here is to make the process as transparent as possible to the user.

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