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Preliminary deal will see users who mistakenly purchased content in-game through the App store entitled to a refund

Apple responds to un-appy parents with $5 gift cards

Apple has settled a lawsuit over unauthorised app-purchases made through apps and games available through the firm’s App store.

Whilst the deal is yet to be finalised by a US district court judge, preliminary details will see Apple pay out $5 iTunes gift cards to those affected. Meanwhile, users who mistakenly spend over $30 will be eligible for a full cash refund, provided they meet a number of requirements.

Originally started in 2011, the suit is a result of disgruntled parents who felt it was far too easy for digital purchases to be made in game, given that no password is required once an app has initially been installed.

Many shared similar experiences of children going on to sped large sums of money in-app, many of which were downloaded for free.

Apple moved to alleviate these issues with the release of iOS in March 2011 but those purchases made before the date meant parents were still faced with hefty bills.

The firm is set to notify over 23 million iTunes account holders who made purchases within one of Apple’s "qualified apps".

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