Apple is bringing some much needed relief to your wallet with the addition of iOS 8’s new Family Sharing feature that lets your friends and family enjoy the apps you’ve paid for without purchasing them again, and to make it clear which apps support the new feature, Apple has added some extra info in iTunes and the App Store.
Family Sharing allows iOS users to choose six people to share photos, calendars, and locations along with iTunes content like songs, books, movies and apps. Apple has been urging developers to opt-in to the new program ever since it was revealed at WWDC, but developers still have the option to keep past purchases out of the program.
Under the Information section for each app Apple has added a new Family Sharing line listing whether an app is compatible with the new feature, as well as letting you know which purchases are shareable.
Apps whose developers have activated Family Sharing now display “Yes” under the new section. Any apps that don’t support Family Sharing note that the feature is “Not Available.” Developers can also choose a cutoff date that makes purchases shareable, like in the case of Afterlight, which has activated Family Sharing, but only for purchases made after June 25th, 2014.
- Via iFun