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Apple Unveils New Family Sharing Plan

Jun 2 2014, 6:08pm CDT | by , in News

Apple Unveils New Family Sharing Plan
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Plan Gives Parents The Ability To Monitor and Regulate Downloads

Apple is making sharing with family members less of a pain, unveiling a new feature for iOS 8 that streamlines media sharing across multiple devices.

Apple has announced a new Family Sharing feature for iOS 8 that should make it easier for parents to stop their children from racking up massive bills via in-app transactions when the new mobile operating system launches later this year.

Speaking onstage today at the company's annual WWDC event in San Francisco, Apple's Craig Federighi described Family Sharing as an optional system that allows up to six people to tie their iTunes accounts to a single credit card and share purchases among their devices.

“With Family Sharing you can get at your purchases but also the purchases of members of your family. You just click right through and download. For up to six family members,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of Software Engineering.
 
Parents can also create child accounts with an Ask To Buy safeguard that allows them to remotely approve or deny the child's purchases, which should make it much more difficult for parents to claim they were charged for App Store purchases made by children without their informed consent.

Apple also unveiled a new Explore tab designed to help users more easily find the apps they're looking for. What's more, the company added Related Searches and Trending Searches, options for those simply browsing popular apps to try out.

The iOS 8 beta is available to WWDC developers starting today, with the official release coming in the fall.

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