The new subscription feature was highlighted on Twitter by developer David Barnard this afternoon and appears to have been implemented recently.
With this new confirmation step, when you download an app with a subscription or tap on a subscription option in an app where the subscription feature is optional, you’ll see a second subscription popup warning after initially confirming a purchase with Face ID or Touch ID on your iPhone or iPad.
Whoa! Apple added an additional confirmation step for subscriptions. This new alert comes after you confirm with Touch ID/Face ID. I hope they address this in a more elegant way in iOS 13, but I’m thrilled Apple took a definitive step to curb scam subscriptions. ?? @pschiller pic.twitter.com/oktaEVdx0o
— David Barnard (@drbarnard) April 11, 2019
The popup warns that the subscription will continue unless canceled in the Settings app at least one day before a subscription period ends, requiring users to confirm the notice with an OK button or tap cancel to cancel the initiation of the subscription.
Adding a second confirmation screen to subscription purchases will thwart app developers who have been using nefarious tactics to trick users into purchasing subscriptions or making subscription costs and terms unclear.
Accidental subscription purchases have been an ongoing problem with Touch ID iPhones where a purchase could be made unintentionally when putting a finger on the Home button (such as when pressing to exit out of the App Store), but the new confirmation screen makes it clearer that you’re initiating a recurring subscription on both Face ID and Touch ID iPhones.