Amidst the rumors surrounding the iPhone 4S/5, a stranger nugget of info arrives. Twitter user SonyDickson spotted a string of code in the latest iTunes 10.5 beta 9 that suggests Apple might start allowing app rentals. Say what? Why would anybody rent an app?
Your guess is as good as mine. But sure enough, there is code that alludes to the feature.
The code reads as follows (bolded for emphasis): Apps are automatically removed from your iTunes library at the end of the rental period.
At first thought, it seems silly to rent a bite-sized app, when you can just purchase it or download a demo version (if one is available), but as TechErra points out, it could be useful for more expensive apps like turn-by-turn navigation.
Honestly, I'd rather buy the app, but then again, I'm not a guy who's ever been interested in renting my media. Who's interested in this? Would you pay to rent an app?