June 5, 2014
Apple has begun advising developers to opt-in to Family Sharing, a new "family-friendly" program that's set to officially launch in September with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. As reported by Apple Insider, Apple has sent out an email via iTunes Connect asking developers to participate in the program:
With today's email, Apple is urging developers to agree to the new iOS and Mac Paid Applications Agreement in iTunes Connect regarding Family Sharing. Apparently developers have the option to keep past purchases out of the program, suggesting the same option will be available to future apps as well.Introduced by Apple at its WWDC 2014 keynote, Family Sharing lets users set up their family as a unit so that they can share photos, calendars, reminders, locations, and more with one another. More significantly for developers and publishers, Family Sharing allows users to share songs, movies, books, apps, and other purchases from the iTunes Store, including the iOS and Mac App Stores. Family Sharing is available for up to six family members who all share the same credit card. It also anticipates kids' tendency to make an inordinate amount of in-app purchases by enabling parents to remotely approve or reject kids' attempts to make purchases. See also: Fleksy Teases Its Third-Party Keyboard For iOS 8, First Look At Apple’s iOS 8 Messages App, and Is Your Mac Compatible With Apple's OS X Yosemite?.