Apple’s WWDC kicked off today and in the Keynote address was a very interesting announcement for parents – a new Family Sharing feature is coming in iOS 8. In this episode I explain what this feature means and what’s so good (and not so good) about it.
Family sharing will allow you to link up to 6 different iTunes accounts as a single family. This will give you a shared calendar, photo stream and reminders, as well as being able to use “find my friends” to find where the kids have lost their iPod. It also allows the sharing of content (music, movies, books and apps) across all 6 accounts. Most interesting of all is that child accounts can be set up so that if the child attempts to purchase something from the App Store a notification will be sent to the parent to ask for permission before the purchase can be made.
This is all great news for families. The one downside is that it seems to cement further Apple’s commitment to “one device per person” – there’s still no way to have multiple users on a single device, and all the key points about Family Sharing point to an assumption that each family member has their own device.
You can view the entire keynote on the Apple site – the family sharing bit comes in at about 1:11:30