Still password for free apps why?

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  1. yalag macrumors 65816

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    Still password for free apps why? I thought in iOS6 they said they removed it, but I'm still asked for a password.
     
  2. rKunda macrumors 65816

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    Updates are free, not free purchases. Perhaps it's a way for allowing parents to control what goes on the phone of their kids?
     
  3. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    So that somebody can't download apps, even free ones, onto your phone (or a phone you control somehow, like if you're a parent) without prior authorization.
     
  4. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    Settings->General->Restrictions.

    That's what that section should be for!! If I want to be able to download free apps on my phone with no password, I should be able to! Then give parents the ability to enable a passcode for free apps. It's pretty dumb.
     
  5. Duke&tank macrumors member

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    I notice that if it is an app you downloaded before but don't have it on your phone anymore no password is required as well.

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  6. xnickitynickx macrumors regular

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    For the same reason that was given on the other 13 threads about this...
    Free apps need a password for access. That way you control your device.

    Only updates and redownloads are password free.
     
  7. scott523 macrumors 6502a

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    Not quite. Apple reversed the changes for purchasing free apps. Password is still required for all purchases. Only now can apps be updated without requiring a password.
     
  8. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    It can't be that, because there's a parental control option to disable App downloads.

    It's just poor design - plain and simple.

    There's no reason to require a password when you "buy" a free App.
     
  9. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    Good point. I never go into Restrictions, so I didn't realize that option was there.
     
  10. greenchiliman macrumors 6502

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    I would think it has something to do with ensuring there is no unauthorized usage and people downloading unwanted apps on your phone. Thinking of the lowest common denominator, if you dont have an app password and dont have a lock screen pin, someone could load your phone up with a lot of stuff.
     
  11. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    and what would the harm in that? It's not like u are paying anything...compare that risk to what i will have to go through every day
     
  12. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Exactly.

    Every other platform manages to have Free Apps install without a password.
     
  13. Branskins macrumors 65816

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    Data usage?
     
  14. AVonGauss macrumors regular

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    No, that's an opinion, yours. I personally want a password required to install any kind of application.
     
  15. Daveoc64, Sep 29, 2012
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    Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Why?

    What do you lose by not having the password?

    To me it seems like an antiquated throwback from a time where everything on the iTunes Store needed to be purchased.

    I'd personally love an option to disable it. I'll just count myself lucky that updates don't need the password anymore.
     
  16. AVonGauss macrumors regular

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    Just because you have access to my phone, say to make a call or check something online, doesn't mean I am giving you access to modify my phone.
     
  17. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    "Modify" your phone by installing a heavily sandboxed Application?
     
  18. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    But one that could potentially call the phone directory, location data, or photos.

    Nah, I'm pretty happy with it staying as is. Updates needing them was stupid, but that problem's solved.

    I can see the logic of giving people an option though. But the default being the current situation is correct.
     
  19. AVonGauss macrumors regular

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    Find My Friends is a heavily sandboxed application (your words) and could have a result that some consider undesirable.
     
  20. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    I suppose, but why would you trust someone with your phone for ANY purpose if you think they'll do that?
     
  21. AVonGauss macrumors regular

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    That's an extreme example, there are much more benign examples. By requiring the password to install a new application, you are aware of every single application you are installing (even if you don't know underlying what it is doing).
     
  22. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    I can understand that.

    I still think it should be an option though.
     

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