Apple released an updated set of guidelines for its App Store today, introducing new rules to a number of sections within the digital marketplace. The changes appear to focus on apps meant for children, including the addition of a “Kids Apps” section, as well as adding increased restrictions to apps where real money can be gambled.
Changes to kids apps are largely in response to the expansion of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection App (COPPA) which was implemented earlier this year. Apps can no longer collect personal information from children under the age of 13 without the consent of a legal guardian, including photographs, video and audio—with the exception of age-gates The introduction of the “Kids App” section appears to set the stage for iOS 7, which will introduce big changes to Apple’s educational offerings, and means children under the age of 13 will now be able to open their own iTunes accounts.
Apple’s new rules for gambling apps demand that all new applications that let users gamble with real-world money will have to be free and block developers from using in-app purchases for credit within the game. The updated guidelines also block any applications that could cause physical harm to the user.