Apple Agrees to Refund $32.5M for Kids' Purchases

FILE - In this April 2, 2013, file photo, a man smokes near the logo of Apple in Shanghai. Apple is expected to unveil its latest version of the iPhone on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Parents hit with hundreds of dollars in unexpected charges when their children bought virtual pet food, gems or other items while playing games on mobile devices will be getting refunds from Apple.

The Federal Trade Commission says Apple has agreed to refund at least $32.5 million to unsuspecting parents.

The FTC says Apple did not always make clear that parents were buying something when they entered their passwords for the apps the kids were playing.

Tens of thousands of consumers complained.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company relented because the "consent decree" Apple agreed to does not, in his words, require the company to do anything it wasn't already going to do, so it decided to accept the agreement rather than take on a long and distracting legal fight.