iOS 11.3 brings another step forward for Face ID, especially for parents

Apple is expanding its Face ID feature to enable iPhone X to users to approve some purchases.

The first beta of iOS 11.3 has a new setting that’ll enable Apple ID account holders to approve purchases from family members with linked accounts.

9to5Mac made the discovery, which will be handy for parents who’re continually asked to OK purchases via Family Sharing.

In the current iOS 11.2 release, iPhone X users are required to enter their password to approve the purchase. Of course, all other iPhone owners can use Touch ID to approve the purchases.

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The site reports: “After enabling Face ID, when a new approval request is received, tapping the “Buy” button launches Face ID authentication instead of the standard password prompt.”

Here’s the feature in action:

After enabling Face ID, when a new approval request is received, tapping the “Buy” button launches Face ID authentication instead of the standard password prompt.

Whether Apple decides to expand this to all purchases remains to be seen.

Significant update

iOS 11.3 is shaping up to be a major update from Apple, with the firm planning to release iMessages in iCloud and a new feature that sends your location to emergency services when you call them.

Importantly, Apple is adding a battery health monitor that’ll allow iPhone owners to decide for themselves whether they want their CPU to be throttled.

The plan is to roll the update out to all users this spring.

Earlier today it was reported iPhone and iPad fans may be in for more modest updates when iOS 12 rolls around this year.

The company is reportedly holding back on plans for a wider interface revamp, to fix the many issues users have with the current OS.

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