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Apple cracks down on in-app purchases

Following a number of high-profile cases where parents were faced with huge bills after their kids spent a fortune buying coins and tokens in 'free' iOS games, Apple has changed the way in-app purchases are protected.

Since yesterday's launch of iOS 4.3, a loophole where additional purchases could be made within 15 minutes of a legitimate transaction without re-entering an Apple ID password has been closed.

Games like Smurf Village, which is aimed at toddlers and where a single item could cost close to $100, have come under fire for failing to prevent children from spending thousands of dollars using their parents' accounts.

Users of devices running iOS 4.3 will have to enter a password every time they make a new purchase, although anyone who doesn't have light-fingered sprogs can turn the password protection off in the device's settings.