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iPhone X owners will soon be able to use Face ID to approve family purchases

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In iOS 11.3

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iPhone X owners may soon be able to use Face ID to approve family purchases. As spotted by 9to5Mac, in iOS 11.3, purchase approvals on a parent’s device can be done through Face ID, after a one-time request to enter their password.

Previously, iPhone X owners found the Ask to Buy iOS feature that allows parents to control what children buy with their phone didn’t work with Face ID. Parents had to enter their passwords manually for every purchase, to the chagrin of many customers.

It’s a minor quality of life improvement that Apple is implementing into iOS 11.3, but it’s one of several, including new Animoji, more insight into battery health, an update for ARKit, and the ability to send your location to others in emergencies.