Feb. 26: Apple is facing a $100 million bill to compensate millions of parents whose offspring inadvertently used iPhones and iPads to rack up large bills of their own.
The technology giant agreed to the payout after five sets of parents said that their children had bought too many “virtual goods” whilst they were playing with apps on the Apple devices. These goods cost real money and can range from virtual gifts for friends playing computer games, or extra “lives” which allow users to keep playing those games for longer.
In a lawsuit filed against Apple in 2011, the parents said the company did not do enough to warn people that they were spending money. Apple has now offered to settle the case, by refunding parents more than $100 million in credits which they can spend in its iTunes store.