My take on Family Sharing in iOS 8

Like many Apple users, my family is heavily invested in the Apple universe. We have 4 users, 3 iPhones, 2 Macs, 2 Apple TVs, and 1 iPad. All users have their own Apple ID for iMessages and FaceTime. My Apple ID has been used to purchase all services and media so we can easily share it between our devices.

The announcement of iOS 8′s Family Sharing feature looked to be a great addition and problem solver. I would love to be able to approve the purchases my kids make. I can’t tell you how many songs we’ve bought from iTunes that we already “owned” after ripping from our physical CD collection and sharing via iTunes Match.

Yesterday, we began the process of upgrading our devices and upgrading 2 of our 3 iPhones. Things seemed to go pretty easy setting up my wife’s iPhone. I had (accidentally) left my Apple ID as the iTunes user ID when restoring from the backup and accepted the Family Sharing invitation for her Apple ID. She has full access to all the media we have purchased.

Setting up my daughter’s phone has been another story entirely. I followed the same process to back up her old iPhone and restore to her new iPhone. I signed into her Apple ID account for iClould and accepted the Family Sharing invite. I used her Apple ID to initially sign into iTunes. Going to the App Store > All Purchases does NOT bring up the list of expected family members and our “Family Purchases”. So I changed the iTunes ID on her phone to my Apple ID. At this point the Apple Store appears completely borked. I get a message saying that her iTunes account is tied to a different iCloud account. IMG_4641

Another oddity, while I am getting this message (and unable to see my purchase history), I can download apps previously purchased with my Apple ID. If you try to buy a new app, you get the Ask Permission dialog box.

After several hours I changed her iTunes ID back to her iCloud account ID and she can now see all the media as expected.

I honestly have no idea what is going on and if I want to continue using Family Sharing.


Let’s see what we’ve uncovered so far:

  1. Family Sharing feels like it is still in beta.
  2. iTunes Match does not appear to work with Family Sharing.
  3. How can you share iCloud disk space? It would seem to be a logical item to share just like iTunes Match.
  4. We already had a shared “Family” calendar that my apple ID owned and shared. Can this be merged with the Family Sharing calendar?
  5. It doesn’t look like 2nd generation Apple TVs will be able to use Family Sharing. This will probably spell the end of the line for my first Apple TV.
  6. You cannot correct the DOB for a user on the Apple ID site to have the true year of birth for a child that you previously had to lie about in order to get them an account in the first place. You must make a new ID.

I really hope things improve with Family Sharing.

ALS #IceBucketChallenge Video

Yes, we are a little slow, but we accepted the multiple Ice Bucket Challenges from Beckett and Jaxon Robertson, Brooke Serpas Lee and Brittany Serpas, and Dayne Masters. We don’t check Facebook all that often, so apologies for the delay and last week was pretty crazy getting ready for back to school.

We love Uncle Ken Serpas and pray for God’s mercy in his battle with ALS.

We have issued our own challenge to John Sharber and Ami Gunter.


Why I’m Thankful

Another Thanksgiving Day is nearly done. I’d be remiss if I didn’t stop and say thanks for a few things.

  • Dallas Stars, Texas A&M Football, Texas Rangers, and yes, even the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Twitter, Django, Netflix, Apple TV, MacBooks, iPhones.

  • Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Edward Snowden, and many more who are trying to reform our country. We need to get back to the constitutional republic that the Founding Fathers gave us.

  • Hard Hitters: A wonderful group of girls (and their families) that are a joy to coach.

  • In-Laws: Extremely generous and supportive. I can’t begin to say thanks for all the help they provide with the kids.

  • Parents: Generous to a fault. They would do anything for me and my family.

  • Teazzers: My bosses, co-workers, customers, and suppliers which allow me to earn a living and provide for my family.

  • Trinity Presbyterian Church: I am so thankful that my family hears, sings, prays, speaks the Gospel while sitting under the teaching of faithful ministers. I’m also thankful for the friendships we’ve made.

  • My three children: Emma, Molly, and William who are a never ending source of joy.

  • My fabulous wife Shannon: I wouldn’t want to do this with anyone else by my side.

  • Jesus Christ: His substitutionary, atoning sacrifce on the cross and His resurrection for my justification. I am so undeserving of the love of the great triune God.

Reformation Day 2013

Reformation Day is a celebration of God’s saving work. It is the recovery of the great truths of Scripture: Justification (being made right with God) by Faith alone, by Grace alone, through Christ alone, for the Glory of God alone. And our highest and final authority is Scripture alone.

95 Theses from Instagram

Links for Reformation Day 2013

Here I Stand

95 Theses from Instagram

A New 95

Lastly, Chris Rosebrough has posted A New 95 Theses: Challenging The Excesses Of American Evangelicalism that everyone should read:

Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, the public bulletin board of his day. In like manner, we post these 95 theses on the door of the internet. Like the original theses, these are debatable, for we believe that it is through vigorous debate that the spirits are tested and truth is revealed.

In publishing these theses, we do not intend to foment division, but to expose those who are creating division within the body of Christ. We invite all who love the Gospel of Jesus Christ to engage in this debate. We do so in the spirit of the great Reformer, Martin Luther, as we implore the mercies of God upon His Church, for the sake of Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church and shepherd of our souls.

luther.jpgNotice: Images in my Instagram photos come from the 2003 movie Luther. I hope you enjoyed my tweets (@ecrosstexas) with quotes from the movie.