The Washington Post reports that version 4.3 of the iOS Apple operating system has introduced new security for purchases made within an iPhone, iPad or iPod application. It follows complaints that children were inadvertently spending real money to buy in-app features and virtual currency.
Previous versions of iOS didn’t require passwords to be entered for in-game purchases made within 15 minutes of an application purchase. This meant that parents could download an app, pass their device to children and discover that their child had incurred additional charges.
iOS 4.3 insists on a password being entered for all in-application purchases.