Apple Releases Enhanced Sandbox Testing to Developers

After being announced earlier this year at WWDC, Apple has now released enhanced sandbox testing to developers.

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The feature will allow developers to test their in-app purchases for a wide range of scenarios, such as upgrades, downgrades, cancellations, introductory offers, and interrupted purchases.

The Apple sandbox environment lets you test in-app purchases on devices using product information set up in App Store Connect. You can now test upgrades, downgrades, and cancellations for subscriptions, as well as reset the introductory offer eligibility for a test account from Settings on devices running iOS 14 or later. You can also test your app's response to interrupted purchases on devices running ‌iOS 14‌ or later. And ‌App Store‌ Connect users with the Developer role can now create and manage sandbox tester accounts.

The enhanced sandbox environment will afford developers far greater ability to test the implementation of their purchases using Apple's StoreKit framework in Xcode and ‌iOS 14‌. Developers can now use a sandbox Apple ID to simulate all purchase situations exactly as their users will experience it.

Enhanced Sandbox Testing was first revealed at WWDC alongside other improvements to Xcode, "macOS Universal" apps, WebExtensions API support for Safari, and more transparent privacy information in the ‌App Store‌.

Top Rated Comments

Baymowe335 Avatar
8 months ago
Not for Epic though.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PickUrPoison Avatar
8 months ago
Another one of the many developer tools Epic doesn’t want to pay for. The cheapskates ?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Appleman3546 Avatar
8 months ago
I actually ran into this problem two months ago, I was unable to test in-app purchases and was shocked to learn that I couldn’t in sandbox. This update is very needed, especially since we want to make sure the transaction involving money actually works properly before submission to avoid an unnecessary rejection!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kkspire Avatar
8 months ago

To little, too late. Soon the App Store business model will come crashing down The world is ganging up on the ways of the App Store. Change is in the wind.
The world is ending. Things are so terrible. God is coming back to rapture us all.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thewayfaerer Avatar
8 months ago

it has always been possible to test in-app purchases in sandbox.
Yes, but especially approval simulation was very difficult, as some threads on stack overflow show.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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