Apple Clamps Down on Juvenile In-App Purchases

young man excited with his iPhone - in-App Purchases
young man excited with his iPhone - in-App Purchases

A recent software update from Apple will make it harder for kids to rack up big bills on their parents' iPods, iPads and iPhones.

The company's latest operating system software includes a timer to limit inadvertent purchases by children while playing games on Apple's must-have mobile devices.

A spate of news reports last year documented case after case of children downloading hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars worth of digital goodies via iTunes while playing games on iPods, iPads and iPhones.