After announcing that the feature would return at WWDC 2020, Apple finally released the ability to share in-app purchases and subscriptions through iCloud Family Sharing with iOS 14 / iPadOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.
To be clear, it was already possible to share purchases with family members, including apps, music, movies, and an Apple Music subscription. This latest update only applies to subscriptions and in-app purchases.
However, developers must enable in-app purchase sharing within their apps through Apple’s App Store Connect Portal, according to Mac and iOS developer Steve Harris.
PSA for App Developers: Family Sharing can now be enabled for IAP and subscriptions, but you must activate it in App Store Connect. For subscriptions, it is below the duration … pic.twitter.com/Hj3NBRN3L0
– Steve Harris (@steveharris) December 3, 2020
While it’s a relatively minor change, if multiple family members play a specific game or subscribe to an app, this change could save you quite a bit of money depending on the apps you use.
That said, it’s unclear how many developers will support the Family Sharing in-app purchase and subscription given that it could result in a loss of at least some revenue.