Family Sharing Coming This Fall to iOS 8 – The Wired Homeschool

During their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) Apple announced many of the features in their upcoming mobile operating system iOS 8.

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Due out in the fall, there’s a particular feature that will be of interest to parents and homeschoolers: Family Sharing.

Family Sharing allows parents to create a single account that will work across multiple supported devices (some services are limited to 10 devices) and share content between those devices.

Up to six people in your family can share purchases from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store without sharing accounts. Pay for family purchases with the same credit card and approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device. Easily share photos, a family calendar, and more to help keep everyone connected.

Parents get more control, while kids feel like they have more freedom. It’s not a parenting miracle, it’s Family Sharing. Enjoy the convenience of paying for family purchases with a single credit card. Enable “Ask to Buy” to require children to get permission before making iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases. You can even create Apple IDs for children under 13 years old so they can participate, too.

Here’s a quick list of what we know so far:

  • iOS 8 will be available this fall
  • Family sharing allows up to 6 people to share iTunes, iBooks, and AppStore purchases
  • Parents can create Apple IDs for children under the age of 13
  • Parents can approve purchases for their children
  • No need to share an Apple ID and password
  • Family photo stream for sharing photos and videos
  • Shared family calendar
  • Find all family members’ devices with Find My iPhone

I’m looking forward to seeing what other parent controls are added to iOS 8. It would be spectacular if parents could manage parental controls on their child’s device without having to have the device in hand.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to iOS 8 and this new feature. What new features would you like to see make it into iOS 8? Leave your comments below!

  • I think this will be good for homeschooling and for people who own multiple Apple devices. I like the feature that requires permission for the child to buy an app. Hopefully they will improve restrictions. What iOS 8 feature do you think is the most exciting?

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