App Store Listings Gain Family Sharing Info Ahead of iOS 8 Launch

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apps in the iOS and Mac App Stores have begun displaying details on Family Sharing, letting users know whether or not the feature is enabled for specific apps ahead of the launch of iOS 8 and Yosemite.

    A new Family Sharing listing has appeared in the Information section for each app, as noted by German site [Google Translate]. For developers that have turned on Family Sharing, the section displays a "Yes" under the Family Sharing heading, while apps from developers that have opted not to allow Family Sharing or have yet to turn the setting on display "Not Available."

    Certain apps, like Sketchbook Mobile display a "Yes" for purchases after a set date, indicating that developers have the option to only allow Family Sharing for new purchases.

    First announced during June's Worldwide Developers Conference, Family Sharing for iOS 8 and Yosemite lets families of up to six people share content like apps, iBooks, music, movies, and more, across all of their iOS devices, provided their iTunes accounts use the same credit card. Family Sharing also lets families share photos, videos, a calendar, reminders, and more, to keep everyone in the family connected.

    Though Family Sharing is not yet fully functional, Apple has made steps towards implementing the service throughout the iOS 8 and Yosemite beta testing period. Shortly after WWDC, Apple began asking developers to enable the feature in their apps.

    Early iOS 8 betas saw the addition of Family Sharing in the iCloud section of the settings app, and iOS 8 beta 2 and an Apple TV beta laid significant groundwork for Family Sharing, adding a new section for "Family Purchases" to the iOS App Store's purchased tab and a new iCloud Family setting for the Apple TV.

    Family Sharing is expected to be implemented and fully functional ahead of the public release of iOS 8, which will be available in September after the upcoming iPhone event.

    Article Link: App Store Listings Gain Family Sharing Info Ahead of iOS 8 Launch
  2. macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    One of the best new features of iOS8 in my opinion. And MacRumors might need to recheck their sources because it looks to me like Family Sharing is not optional for new apps submitted to the App Store. It's only optional if you want to also apply it to past purchases of your app.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    So do iTunes accounts with no associated credit card where purchases were made using gift cards not apply?
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2013
  6. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I feel like some people are going to harass developers about this, knocking off stars just because they don't allow it/have it set up. I like the idea though. I'm going to share a lot of my apps with my brother and dad.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    London, UK
    Considering it's already possible to have apps from multiple apple ids on one account, it's pretty annoying for the apps that don't provide this option, or decide to only include it with apps from a certain date forward.
  8. Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Apple's wording on the feature specifically mentions the same credit card. "Pay for family purchases with the same credit card and approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device."
  9. macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2014
    you could just share the gift card number right? continually reload the card with more money have others login to it?
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
    Family sharing is a really nice feature though.
  11. macrumors regular


    May 4, 2009
    It's not showing in the UK App Store yet :-(
    This was one of the best things about iOS 8 IMO THIS and the "request to purchase" bit. Perfect to stop darling daughter bludgeoning my credit card on her 5s
  12. macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2014
    The problem with family sharing is that you should be able to all have your own payment options... If your family consists of adults then it's basically useless. I want to be able to purchase my own apps irrespective of what my family purchases, and still be able to share our content... It really sucks that you can't just share your purchases with family members.
  13. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
  14. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2011
    Cylde Hill, WA
    Yes from my understanding is you need to have the same credit card (same number/billing address etc) tied to each AppleID (iTunes account).
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    Last edited: Aug 8, 2014

    macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    Everything about this...

  16. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2011
    Cylde Hill, WA
    My understanding is it goes by the billing address on the credit card to show "family" Each AppleID (iTunes account) must have the same number/billing address.
  17. macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2009
    Bring it on!

    Family Sharing is a great feature, actually saving us a few bucks when family using the same credit card get apps. Why not?!

    You think people might actually buy more when they see they are spending less? Wonder if Apple might have the same idea? :D
  18. macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    That's my concern - although with the ability to "require authorization", I could then add my credit card to my kids' accounts.

    To me, the lack of going-back is worrying. Although we've been all operating under just one account for the whole family as it is, so the devices would still be authorized for the old single account.
  19. macrumors 68020

    Feb 22, 2009
    2 Apple ID's problem.

    I, like a lot of people, signed up for an iTunes purchase account a long time ago with a non-apple email address. Later, I got a Mobile Me account which later transferred to an iCloud ID account. (Two diff emails) So, I've always had two Apple ID's. One for iTunes purchases and one for iCloud. So if I want to share my purchases with 5 other people in my family, how would this work? Since this goes through iCloud but my iTunes purchases are under another email account I don't see how I'm going to do this.

    Anybody else in the same situation?
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2014
    Finally! This is going to be great. Could Apple please make it so the Apple TV remote doesn't require Family Sharing, though? It really is just an extra step above having a simple password.
  21. macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    "Valid for purchases after June 13th, 2014."

    And.... THAT is the money grab for devs. People who have already purchased apps a long time ago... will have to pay again to share with family?
  22. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco
    lol, thanks for posting those, gave me a good laugh!
  23. macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
    Do you mean you can use different credit cards as long as the billing address is the same?

    That would be wonderful. All adults in my family.
  24. macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    How long before multiple users?

    So dad can log out and let he daughter log into her account on the family iPad with her wallpaper and her apps on her home screen?
  25. macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2006
    This may cut into revenue a bit, but is a real win for families, by not having to buy multiple copies of apps.

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