Finally: no password required for downloading free apps in iOS 6
Sure, we want that extra security step for paid purchases, but for free downloads this requirement is plain absurd. And after years of having to time and time again waste time typing down passwords for every free purchase, Apple finally listened and will remove the requirement in iOS 6.
In early iOS 6 betas Apple removed the password requirement for app updates, and now in beta 3 the requirement is gone for free apps as well. This means the only time you’d need to type down your password now will be when you want to download a paid app.
source: Reddit via Cult of Mac
2. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 390; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
@scottS - what do you mean useless! victor H resident iOSarena fan numero uno says app store is the HUGE advantage over everyone else... and if this makes him excited, makes me excited!
Don't know bout you guys but me loves the app store, it's really cool! I loved it when Steve tried to sue amazon for those words, even cooler! and totally deserved, Apple invented those words ya know! :/
10. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
You dont have to put a password in for updating apps either now, Schrader have done an article on this that goes more in-depth
18. Synack (Posts: 641; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Wow was this really still an issue like 4 years later now??? FAIL
5. JC557 (Posts: 702; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
This was one of major annoyances when using the AppStore or getting app updates on my complementary iPod Touch. Sign in, new Terms and Agreements, sign in again, app finally downloads or updates. FFS...
6. mas11 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Wow I'm happy the Play store doesn't do that. Seems like a pain in the ass. At least Apple fixed it.
7. devilfisch (Posts: 35; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
It's one of the things I despised about the Apple App Store especially when installing a plethora of new apps. It's too tedious. Another thing I find very irritating is that after confirming to install an app, it will jump out to the home screen. If that was the only app I wanted to install then it's fine but what if I was planning to install several? Jumping in and out of the App Store gets old... very fast! I hope they fix that too.
I also own an Android tablet and I loved the fact that the Play Store wasn't so annoying!
11. JunkCreek (Posts: 379; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
what iPhone do you have? 2G didn't support multitasking, right?
12. devilfisch (Posts: 35; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I have an iPad 2. I never owned any other iOS device so I'm not sure about the iPhone 2G.
13. jroc74 (Posts: 3978; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Yea...I helped my kids mother set up her iPhone 4. Pain...
On the Android market....at least the latest version.....you can set a pin for purchases. Free apps dont need a pin. Anything that requires a purchase does.
8. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
My cousins share an iPad ( they are under 10) and they always want to download apps, and that limits them from downloading everything. I don't really mind having to insert the password for a free app.
9. pellegrini (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)
This is something that each user could decide by their own. Your cousins example is a good one, but it isn't the majority of the cases out there.
21. jroc74 (Posts: 3978; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I agree with this too. I havent had too much trouble recovering from my kids downloading suspect free apps on my Android phones.
I would like to see Google make it so you can set a pin for any apps, not just paid. Have an option for paid or all.
14. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Thank god finally. Even with my phone jailbroken with the app that should have solved the problem I still had to put in a password for everything. I thought you should at least have the option on your phone whether or not you wanted the additional protection. Why on earth would somebody want to input a password just for some free apps or for updating.
15. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
another copy from Android.....
Android 2012 = iOS 2014
17. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
FinaLLy! As if my long a$$ password wasn't difficult enough to enter every time I went into d app store
20. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Wow, really? That would be hella annoying! I had no idea iphone users had to put up with that, the poor sheep!
22. voyagergirl7112013 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)
iTunes store you cannot save your password for long because after you log in to purchase apps etc. Also you cannot download purchases if a previous purchase has failed - regardless of whether the app is paid or free.