Family Sharing (iOS)

From Apple: 

Family Sharing makes it easy for up to six people in your family to share each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases without sharing accounts. Pay for family purchases with the same credit card and approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device. And share photos, a family calendar, and more to help keep everyone connected.

The good: the full version of Prep & Pantry is good to go for Family Sharing.
The bad: the Lite version is not.

This might be a little "ranty" but there are a couple of sticking points that have upset a few people. I thought I should as least put this out there so that maybe others might read this first and prevent some headaches later.

Firstly, as a developer, Apple requires that an app is Family Sharing enabled if I want that app, or any app, in the App Store. No Family Sharing, no app store. There isn't a "switch" available for me to enable or disable Family Sharing.

Secondly, there's a catch with Family Sharing. Apple does not go out of their way to inform people about this, but Family Sharing is not compatible with in-app purchases. 

What this means, in the case of Prep & Pantry, is that if you download the Lite version and unlock the feature set through the in-app purchase, the other members of your Family Sharing group will still have to purchase Prep & Pantry.

I have no control of this as a developer. Apple will have Family Sharing Enabled set to yes and I cannot change that.

Sure, I could put a note on the app description that says, "FYI, this app really isn't compatible with Family Sharing." But A) who actually reads the description [I'm betting the number is really low] and B) there is a solid chance that Apple would immediately eject Prep & Pantry from the App Store.

So there you have it. This is not some sort of bait-and-switch-buyer-beware thing I am doing, it's the reality I am dealing with.

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