One of the annoying things while downloading or updating apps from the App Store is that, iOS always prompts you to enter your Apple ID account password. While it seems prudent to enter the password when you’re downloading a paid app, it seems unnecessary when you want to download a free app or an app update from the App Store (assuming you lock your iPhone with a passcode).
If you’ve jailbroken your iOS device then you could check out PasswordPilot Pro – a jailbreak tweak released few days back.
PasswordPilot Pro is developed by Filippo Bigorella who has also developed jailbreak tweaks such as CleverPin that we wrote about earlier today, Springtomize – a jailbreak tweak that allows you to customize almost all aspects of iOS, SMS+ – a jailbreak tweak that enhances the native Messages app.
With PasswordPilot Pro, you enter your account credentials once via Settings app (Settings -> PasswordPilot Pro -> Accounts -> Add Account) and it takes care of entering the password when you want to download an app or app updates, so it saves you the hassle of entering it again. The password is stored securely (using NSA-approved encryption standards).
If you’re like us and not comfortable with the tweak automatically entering the password for paid apps, then you can disable it using the Settings app (Settings -> PasswordPilot Pro-> tap on the App Store toggle). It would have been pretty cool if we could enable this feature for free apps.
PasswordPilot Pro works with the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks, Find My Friends and also In-App purchases (wherever iOS prompts you for the Apple ID account password). It also supports multiple accounts.
You can also set a master password so that PasswordPilot Pro settings cannot be overridden by someone who has access to your iPhone or iPad.
You may say that we’re being too lazy, but PasswordPilot Pro like CleverPin is another useful jailbreak tweak by Filippo. It is available in Cydia for $1.99.
Let us know what you think of PasswordPilot Pro in the comments.