With OS 1.0.5 being released earlier this week for the BlackBerry PlayBook, one of the new features is “in-app payment support”. But there is a catch. Developers only have version 1.0.2 of the SDK in order to compile their code against. Without any sort of upgrade developers can not actually make use of this option, and therefore consumers will continue to not have a chance to use in-app payments either. RIM needs to keep the updates to the PlayBook coming early and often, and that means both to users and developers.
In-App payments are awesome. They have helped make Xploding Boxes a success, and will give developers more opportunities on the PlayBook. RIM just needs to complete all of the pieces to make this viable.