Apple asking Developers to enable iOS 8 Family Sharing in their apps

iOS 8 Family Sharing

During the WWDC 2014 Keynote, Family Sharing was one of the features Apple had showcased, which allows families to share iTunes and App Store purchases.

Apple has now started sending emails to developers requesting them to enable their apps for iOS 8’s Family Sharing feature.

Here’s a snippet of the email that is being sent to developers:

On June 2, 2014, Apple introduced significant new features, including Family Sharing. Family Sharing allows up to six family members of a single Family to browse and access each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases and share photos, a family calendar, and their locations. Family Sharing supports parental controls and also allows parents to approve purchases and downloads initiated by children in their Family.

To make your apps available as part of Family Sharing, agree to the updated iOS Paid Applications and/or Mac Paid Applications agreement in Contracts, Tax, and Banking on iTunes Connect. To ensure that Family Sharing is also enabled for previously purchased apps, leave the appropriate checkbox selected on the agreements page.

The Family Sharing feature allows up to six people in a family to share purchases from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store without sharing accounts. It also includes parental control, allowing parents to approve and monitor purchases made by their kids remotely. In addition to the App Store related features, it also allows families to share calendars, reminders, photos and locations.

It’s a pretty cool feature, however I am a little disappointed that it is not a default opt-in feature. This would mean that not all developers will allow their apps to be shared with family members for no extra cost, and could make it confusing for users.

Apple could highlight apps that offer Family Sharing feature to help users make a more informed decision, which could indirectly encourage developers to enable it in their apps.

Thanks Alan for the tip!

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