New In iOS 6: App Store Doesn’t Require A Password To Download Free Apps

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In iOS 6, you'll only see this when downloading a paid app.
In iOS 6, you'll only see this when downloading a paid app.

Shortly after iOS 6 beta 1 made its debut in early June, Cult of Mac reported that users are no longer required to enter their iTunes password when downloading updates or previous purchases from the App Store. In iOS 6 beta 3, Apple has expanded this feature to cover free apps, too.

New In iOS 6: Passwords No Longer Required For App Store Updates & Previous Purchases

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I didn't need to enter my password to download this, because I already owned it.
I didn't need to enter my password to download this, because I already owned it.

I’ve never really like the way in which the App Store handles security. Sure, I like the fact that if my iPhone is stolen, thieves can’t run up a huge iTunes bill. But I don’t understand why I have to enter my password each and every time I need to download updates or previous purchases. These have already been paid for; why is this necessary?

Thankfully, in iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion, it isn’t.