In each new beta rollout of iOS 6, developers are discovering more and more features all the time. Aside from major new features such as Passbook, Facebook integration, and Siri upgrades, Apple is incorporating many additional, less advertised tweaks and improvements.
Though it has been available to Android users for the life of the platform, the ability to download free apps from the App Store without having to enter an Apple ID and password is a welcome addition to iOS 6. Up until now, we may have never given the process a second thought, but it really adds an unnecessary burden to our downloads. Also affected, reportedly, are previous App Store purchases and app updates which will no longer require a password to receive as well.
It is very understandable for a company to want to provide as much security as possible to it’s users. However, there is such a thing as too much ‘lock-down’. This new no-password policy will also likely make it easier to share free apps within a shared iTunes Library.
This is just another example of Apple relaxing some of it’s tight policies and restrictions. Could Apple CEO, Tim Cook be looking to steer the company in a new direction? Only time can tell.