A new feature spotted in Apple’s latest iOS 8.3 beta gives users the ability to disable password authentication when downloading free apps and games from the App Store, making the process a whole lot simpler.
In earlier versions of iOS, a password was not required when downloading free content, but for unknown reasons, Apple decided it should be later on. Now the company is reversing that decision — but only for those who choose to disable password authentication themselves.
Inside the “iTunes & App Store” settings menu in iOS 8.3, there’s a new “Password Settings” section that includes a “Free Downloads” toggle. It’s enabled by default, but if you disable it, the App Store will no longer prompt you for a password when downloading free titles.
The Password Settings section is also home to other controls for iTunes and App Store purchases, including the ability to allow a 15-minute window for purchases after a password has been entered, or to choose password authentication for every purchase.
It’s a small but welcome change that lots of users will surely take advantage of — I know I will — but we should remember this is just a beta release, and Apple could decide to remove the option before iOS 8.3 makes its public debut next month.