No Password Required for Free Apps in iOS 8.3

iOS 8.3 solves one the most annoying problems on the Apple App Store -- having to enter your password every time you download a free app. MacRumors has discovered a few new features in the latest iOS 8.3 beta, including a new switch that allows users to disable the password requirement for apps labeled "Get" or "Free" in the App Store.

The iTunes & App Store settings in iOS 8.3 have been updated with a new section for "Purchases and In-App Purchases." Here you will find the option to have your device "Always Require" a password when downloading an app from the App Store, or to only require a password 15-minutes after your last download. A new "Require Password" switch has also been added for "Free Downloads". Up until now users only had the options to set their password requirements to "Immediately" or "15 minutes" in the Restrictions section of the General settings. The new toggle in iOS 8.3 allows users more freedom to decide if they want to enter a password or not when downloading free apps.

iOS 8.3 also adds the ability to ask Siri to make speakerphone calls. Users will now be connected via their device's speaker when they say, "Siri, call so-and-so on speaker."

Other new features in iOS 8.3 include Wireless CarPlay, iCloud Photo Library, new Siri languages, a more diverse emoji picker and more.


Talking about "password-dependent password-killer"?

For biometrics to displace the password for security, it must stop relying on a password registered in case of false rejection. Threats that can be thwarted by biometric products operated together with fallback/backup passwords can be thwarted more securely by passwords only.

We could be certain that biometrics would help for better security only when it is operated together with another factor by AND/Conjunction (we need to go through both of the two), not when operated with another factor by OR/Disjunction (we need only to go through either one of the two) as in the cases of Touch ID and many other biometric products on the market that require a backup/fallback password, which only increase the convenience by bringing down the security.

It should be made clear that biometric solutions could be recommended to the people who want convenience but should not be recommended to those who need security.