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During WWDC 2019, Apple announced plans that’ll require App Developers to implement “Sign in with Apple” on all future and existing apps. Apple claims this method is more secure than other forms of signing in, and won’t share your information with third-parties like Google or Facebook. Here’s everything you need to know about “Sign in with Apple.”
During the WWDC 2019 Keynote on Monday, Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi said third-party logins “can be convenient, but it also can come at the cost of your privacy,” adding that “your personal information sometimes gets shared behind the scenes and these logins can be used to track you.”
In the iOS 13 press release, Apple briefly touched on the new sign-in option: “Apple is introducing a new, more private way to simply and quickly sign into apps and websites. Instead of using a social account or filling out forms, verifying email addresses or choosing passwords, customers can simply use their Apple ID to authenticate and Apple will protect users’ privacy by providing developers with a unique random ID. Even in cases where developers choose to ask for a name and email address, users have the option to keep their email address private and share a unique random email address instead. Sign In with Apple makes it easy for users to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID and has two-factor authentication built in for an added layer of security. Apple does not use Sign In with Apple to profile users or their activity in apps.”
Starting this fall, Apple will require all apps that support third-party sign-in to support “Sign in with Apple.” Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines on the Developer website with the following: “Sign in with Apple will be available for beta testing this summer. It will be required as an option for users in apps that support third-party sign-in when it is commercially available later this year.”
Federighi says that when a user signs on with “Sign in with Apple,” it will generate a “relay” email address intended to protect your private information. “That’s good news because we each get a unique random address, and this means you can disable any one of them at any time when you’re tired of hearing from that app,” said Federighi.
Apple is committed to protecting your privacy. “Sign in with Apple” is just another measure that Apple is willing to go to ensure all users are protected. “Sign in with Apple” will open as a beta later this summer for developers to test.