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Apple reintroduces app gifting to iOS, includes new ‘delivery date’ option

Those keen to gift apps from their iOS devices this holiday season will be pleased to know Apple has recently restored the ability to do just that. When iOS 6 was rolled out in September, the feature mysteriously disappeared, though it was still possible to do on a computer via the iTunes store.

9to5Mac spotted the reintroduction of the ‘gift’ feature, noting a neat little addition – the ability to specify the precise date, up to 90 days ahead, when the app should be delivered to the recipient. 

You can gift an app by tapping the action sheet button at the top right of your device’s screen. Next, simply tap the Gift button, fill out the recipient’s details, add a message, choose a date if you like, and you’re all set. If you’re feeling generous and would like to send a single app to a bunch of friends or members of your family in one go, you can also do that – simply enter each email address in the appropriate box (separated with a comma).

Anyone still using iOS 5 or lower can continue to gift apps in the usual way, by scrolling down the app’s details page and tapping the Gift this app button.

The fact that Apple has managed to reintroduce the feature just in time for the holidays should help score the company, as well as app developers, a few more sales in the run up to Christmas.

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