With iOS 6, users will reportedly not be required to enter a password when downloading free apps.
Developers playing around with the iOS 6 beta have discovered that Apple is not producing a password prompt for free apps, according to Cult of Mac, which pointed to a post on Reddit. It doesn't matter if it's a re-download or your first download; free app downloads do not encounter the pop-up password request.
The revelation comes shortly after Apple acknowledged a vulnerability within iOS that allows users to access in-app content without paying for it. The glitch will be fixed with iOS 6, Apple said last week.
If a free app includes in-app purchases, users will presumably still be required to provide their passwords at that time. In-app purchases have been available via Apple's App Store since October 2009. Last year, amidst concerns that children and other users were making unwanted in-app purchases on users' accounts, Apple added a password requirement for in-app purchases with iOS 4.3.
In case you were unsure, excitement for the next iPhone is at "unprecedented" levels, according to a survey by ChangeWave Research - a conclusion the general buzz building around the world seems to support.