On the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, you’re frequently prompted for your Apple account password in the iTunes and App Store applications; this annoys me, but it’s a feature designed to keep unauthorized miscreants (thieves, furloughed inmates, members of Congress) from spending the account owner’s cash.
But several days ago my iPad (or as I often call it, myPad) began prompting me for the iTunes password at random times, even when nowhere near iTunes or the App Store. I’d be in Safari, for example, learning the true meaning of fear and – ahem – iTunes password prompt. It popped up often and seemingly without reason and was very distracting.
I assumed it was a bug and, so, added calling Apple support to my long list of to-dos.
Then yesterday I downloaded a podcast in iTunes and noticed a forgotten video, the first episode of V, timed-out and taciturn in my iPad’s download queue. Could this video attempting to complete its transfer from Cupertino to chip be the cause of the chaos?
To test the theory, I allowed the large 1.2GB file to finish downloading. After completion, no more password requests.
To test the theory that my first theory was correct, I began reading through the Apple support forums (which I should have done in the first place). User philipkd also reached the conclusion that an incomplete download was the cause of the random password prompt.
The findings of one tech writer and one departed sci-fi author, however, do not constitute facts, so if you’re experiencing the phantom password problem and you don’t have an incomplete download in iTunes or the App Store, please let me know in the comments.
Matthew Nichols, Products Editor