family sharing

Apple has been spotted adding support info for its upcoming Family Sharing feature to both iOS and Mac App Store listings. The data can be seen in the Information section of select apps (where it lists Seller, Category, etc.), under a new field called ‘Family Sharing.’

For those unfamiliar with it, Family Sharing is a new feature built-in to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite that will allow families to share content like apps, music, movies, and more across all of their iOS devices, as long as their iTunes accounts are all using the same credit card…

German blog was first to spot the change (via Google Translate):

So that you can recognize as a user immediately, if a developer has agreed to, Apple shows it now in the App Description App Store for iOS and Mac. The corresponding entry can be found respectively in the “Information”, where the file size and version of the apps is displayed. As you can see in the example above, the developer can grant approval board to all versions, or purchase from a certain date.

Developers will have the option to opt-in or out of the feature, as it could greatly impact their sales. For those that turn it on, the Family Sharing section of their apps will say “Yes,” for those that don’t, “Not Available.” Devs can also choose to enable it after certain dates.

Over the last few months, Apple has taken other steps to begin integrating Family Sharing into its iTunes ecosystem—betas for iOS 8, Apple TV software and iTunes 12 all support it. The feature could go live as soon as next month, after Apple’s expected iPhone media event.

  • Matt Taylor

    Only for select apps at the developers approval and only if the apps were purchased after a certain date… What a load of crap. Just another Apple gimmick I will be ignoring! Sticking to my ten device per account method and trusting my family to not purchase apps without asking!

  • Christian Mejía

    Apple is offering runtastic pro app ($4.99) on the Apple store app for free.

  • not all app have this features?

    • Noah

      Correct. It’s the developers choice.

  • Mads Teland

    This is old news that have been posted on this site before in os x developer preview 4 or iOS beta 4.

  • Blip dude

    So I am assuming this won’t work with all my previous movie purchases?? If so, looks like a feature that won’t be that useful since I no longer have a need to purchase apps and media through iTunes/App store since I know a way of obtaining certain apps and media free and legally.