Currently undergoing beta testing by both developers and members of the public Apple Beta Software program, iOS 8.3 contains an interesting new setting that allows users to download free apps and other iTunes content without a password. The featurewas first spotted by 9to5Mac.
The new menu found in the beta version of iOS 8.3 beta. Via: 9to5Mac.
As you can see, the new setting appears under the iTunes & App Store menu. The toggle near the bottom allows users to select whether free downloads require any password. Any paid apps or in-app purchases still require entering a password.
The new setting is currently not active in the beta software, but Apple will more than likely make the feature live before the software is released to the general public.
Just to note, the setting only appears if your device doesnt include Touch ID or if the biometric sign-in technology is disabled. As you probably remember, users can download apps quickly and easily using their fingerprint.
Back in 2012, during beta testing of iOS 6, Apple enabled a similar feature for a short time. But the final software did include the capability.
Its currently unknown when iOS 8.3 will officially arrive. Earlier this month, Apple released a third beta version of the software to developers and public beta testers.
Other improvements in iOS 8.3 include wireless CarPlay, new Siri languages, and support for Googles two-factor authentication. Apple has also made a nice change to the Safari keyboard layout.
Hopefully Apple will follow through and allow some users to download free apps without needing a password. Removing that step could help increase app downloads, which benefits both Apple and developers.