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Friday, August 08, 2014, 01:30 pm PT (04:30 pm ET)

Apple adds Family Sharing support information to iOS, Mac App Store listings

Apple on Friday activated a new iOS and Mac App Store asset that notifies customers of compatibility with the company's upcoming Family Sharing program, which will allow family members to share purchased content.


Screenshot of Mojang's Minecraft - Pocket Edition on the iOS App Store.


Listed as part of the "Information" section of an app's description, the new Family Sharing line tells customers whether the title supports Apple's upcoming content sharing initiative that is set for debut with iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. German blog iFun.de was first to spot the change.

Family Sharing has not yet been activated, though multiple apps like Minecraft - Pocket Edition (seen above), are already showing support. Some apps are showing conditional sharing options, limiting users to those who purchased the app after a certain date, while others are simply listing a "no."

Unveiled at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Family Sharing is a long-awaited iOS and Mac feature that lets up to six family members share content purchased from the iTunes Store. The program stipulates that all users who participate within a household must be use the same credit card.

In addition to sharing content, the program allows family members to share photos, a family calendar and current locations among registered devices. Apple also built in safeguards that allow parents to approve purchases and downloads made by their children, as well as accept or reject purchases remotely.

Apple began urging developers to opt-in to the Family Sharing program in June.