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iOS 6 Beta Removes Requirement to Enter Password to Download Free Apps and Upgrades [Updated]

Apple will streamline the App Store purchasing experience when iOS 6 arrives this fall, as noticed by Reddit submitter Varmanj. In two significant changes, Apple will no longer require that users enter passwords to download free apps, nor when users download an update to an existing purchased app, whether paid or free.

In iOS 5, users must enter their password whenever they wish to download an app, whether paid or free, and every time they wish to download an update.

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In iOS 6, upon pressing the 'Free' button on the App Store, the button changes to "Install App" and another press begins the install process. In another change designed to make the purchasing process quicker and easier, the App Store no longer returns users to the home screen when an app is purchased. Instead, it downloads in the background, making the purchase of multiple apps much easier.

Apple still requires passwords for apps that cost money, and for in-app purchases -- though the 15-minute grace period allowing users to purchase multiple apps after entering the password once still applies.

Update: Apple appears to have reversed this change. When downloading a new free app, Apple now requires users enter their Apple ID password again before proceeding.

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Posted: 26 months ago

Installation of apps should still be behind a password. You don't want your kids installing something you don't want on there, even if it is free.


Settings.app -> General -> Restrictions
Rating: 17 Votes
Posted: 26 months ago
thank god, this is so annoying

but wasnt that already posted a while ago?

edit: is this how the new appstore looks? reminds me of the google play store ...
Rating: 17 Votes
Posted: 26 months ago
Installation of apps should still be behind a password. You don't want your kids installing something you don't want on there, even if it is free.
Rating: 13 Votes
Posted: 26 months ago

thank god, this is so annoying

but wasnt that already posted a while ago?

edit: is this how the new appstore looks? reminds me of the google play store ...

... which looks like the desktop iTunes store. Why didn't you think of that? Can't you see it's borrowed from the desktop iTunes store? Don't immediately jump to the android conclusion.
Rating: 13 Votes
Posted: 26 months ago
This isn't new! Is it a slow day in the office or something??
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 26 months ago

This is a welcome change, however, I hope they put the granular control in the parental controls. I'd love to be able to let my kids update their own apps, but I don't want them installing any old free app. Judging from Apple's parental control track record though, I'm sure it will still be just "allow them to install apps" or "don't allow them to install apps." The all or nothing approach to parental controls on iPods has been one of my biggest complaints about iOS. Considering how popular iPods and iPhones are with kids, you would think Apple would have improved the parental controls to at least give you more than the bare minimum options it has now.


maybe you should be parenting them instead of apple.
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 26 months ago
Déjà vu? Ah, no it's just macrumors re-running stories.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 26 months ago
When the page loaded my first thought was "why is there a picture of the android app store?"
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 26 months ago
This has been around since Beta 1, a little bit late to be posting this, no?
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 26 months ago
It's about time! Why couldn't they have done this years ago?
Rating: 5 Votes

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