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Daniel Nations

Just in Time For Christmas: Gifting Arrives Back in the App Store

By December 14, 2012

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A long time ago in an App Store far, far away, the process of gifting an app was relatively simple. One need only tap the link labeled, appropriately enough, "Gift this app" and fill out a simple form for their generosity to be felt in this season of gifting. But then the evil empire came with their fancy new App Store complete with a brand new app detail page, and the empire being evil, all thoughts of giving away an app disappeared.

Luckily, Apple came to their senses.

If you are looking for a digital stocking stuffer, Apple has added the ability to gift an app to the new App Store. The directions are slightly different -- you now need to press the share icon on the upper-right corner of the app detail page to start the process -- but the results are mostly the same. Detailed instructions on gifting an app.

I say 'mostly' because Apple did add once nice detail: gift wrapping. You can now choose a 'theme' for the email sent alerting the recipient to your gift. It's like picking out the pattern on your gift-wrapping paper.

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