Parents with iPhone X will be able to approve family purchase using Face ID in the next iOS 11.3 update. Apple decided to bring this feature addressing a prior complaint from parents who upgraded their Touch ID iPhones to Face ID-enabled iPhone X.
9to5Mac found this update while testing the new iOS 11.3 Beta. According to the publication, first purchase requires password entry but then asks the users whether they want to enable the Face ID option for the future. Once they agree, subsequent purchases will be approved using the iPhone’s facial recognition feature.
Previously, parents with iPhone X had to put a password while approving their children’s in-app purchase, while other iPhone users’ could do it using Touch ID. This might not a big issue for parents with only one child, but think about those people with several children, each of them are playing on an iOS device that requires frequent and small in-app purchase. Many of those parents went to Apple’s Forum to complain about this hassle.
iOS 11.3 is currently in beta version and will be released widely this spring. Besides this purchase approval option with Face ID, this update also features battery and performance management, business chat, health records on its Health app, the ability to disable slowdowns, as well as an improved ARKit.