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  • iOS 6 Beta Bumps Need for Apple ID Password When Downloading Free Apps


    Since the Apple App Store was born and the "free" category was unveiled, countless iOS device users have balked at the need to enter an Apple ID password before the no-cost mobile app is downloaded. While the safeguard of password protection for paid apps makes sense for obvious reasons, the requirement of password entry before free apps can be downloaded will soon go by the wayside.

    As the developer community digs deeper into iOS 6 beta, more telling revelations are coming to the surface, the latest of which reflects the finding discussed above. When iOS 6 rolls out, users won't ever have to enter their Apple ID password before downloading a free app again.

    While there is a chance that this option won't make it out of beta, the devs I have spoken with believe that this discovery will stay put when the refreshed operating system rolls out this fall in conjunction with the new, 6th-generation iPhone.

    What appears to remain in tact, however, is the 15-minute buying window for paid apps once the user enters his or her Apple password ID. In other words, if you go on a paid app buying spree, you will only need to enter your password once if all the purchases take place within 15 minutes.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 6 Beta Bumps Need for Apple ID Password When Downloading Free Apps started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I assume you'll still need the password for in-app purchases within free apps?
    1. Striknine's Avatar
      Striknine -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      I assume you'll still need the password for in-app purchases within free apps?
      I assume your assumption is correct.
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      Quote Originally Posted by Striknine View Post
      I assume your assumption is correct.
      it is.. this has been like this from the first beta.. also when you download apps you have already purchased you are not prompted for password. loving the convenience.
    1. BhadKarma's Avatar
      BhadKarma -
      Quote Originally Posted by LittleJob View Post
      it is.. this has been like this from the first beta.. also when you download apps you have already purchased you are not prompted for password. loving the convenience.
      Really? Niiiice. Thanks for the tid bit of excitement
    1. c0dy's Avatar
      c0dy -
      Kudos, I hate authenticating for a free download
    1. eightyk88's Avatar
      eightyk88 -
      I assume I want to keep entering my pw so it syncs with iCloud
    1. Silellak's Avatar
      Silellak -
      File this news under: About Goddamn time.
    1. level5DJ's Avatar
      level5DJ -
      Hopefully we can still keep the setting that asks for the password every time. I use it along with Password Pilot in order to eliminate having to enter the password manually, but at the same time keeping me from accidentally purchasing anything by at least having to tap OK. Works for me.
    1. ByteArt's Avatar
      ByteArt -
      No password for updates either
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Finally, one thing i like better about my RAZR.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by LittleJob View Post
      it is.. this has been like this from the first beta.. also when you download apps you have already purchased you are not prompted for password. loving the convenience.
      I assume your assumption for his assumption is correct. INCEPTION.
    1. xXR3H@NXx.'s Avatar
      xXR3H@NXx. -
      Happy to know that I don't need password pilot anymore!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ByteArt View Post
      No password for updates either
      Be prepared for a lot more "I accidently updated" threads when new firmwares release and it is not jailbroken.
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      Finally i can go into an apple store and download free apps without first putting in my itunes account, putting password, installing, then signing out. It'll now be that much easier to pull pranks like putting onlive desktop with full windows 7 desktop on all the ipads. Lol almost as good as the days of jailbreakme.com and jailbreaking apple store iphones