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Sign In With Apple Will Be Required for Apps That Offer Third-Party Sign-In Options

Sign In with Apple, which will be available on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and the web, is one of the new features that Apple announced today. It's designed to let you sign into apps using your Apple ID for authentication purposes, offering up a convenient, privacy-focused alternative to signing in with Facebook, Google, or Twitter.

According to updated App Store guidelines that Apple provided to developers today, Sign In with Apple is going to be a mandatory feature for all apps that offer up third-party sign-in options.

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.
That means if an app lets you log in using your Facebook or Google logins, the app will also need to provide an alternative Sign in with Apple option too. Developers won't be required to add Sign In with Apple if logins are done just using a username and password.

Sign In with Apple authenticates a user with Face ID or Touch ID, and keeps personal information safe from app and website developers. It's designed to let Apple users create a new account in an app using a one-click button without leaking user data.

Apple's solution will provide users with an alternative to using Google or Facebook, providing convenience without sacrificing privacy.

Sign In with Apple also has one other privacy feature - it lets you create a randomly-generated email address that hides your own email address when you're signing up for an app or service.

"It's good news because we each get a unique random address, and that means you can disable any one of them at anytime when you're tired of hearing from that app," said Craig Federighi on stage this morning when introducing the feature. "It's really great."

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20 weeks ago
One of the best things announced in my opinion.
Rating: 52 Votes
20 weeks ago
FANTASTIC. I wish people acknowledged that for all their flaws and imperfections it is ONLY Apple trying to make a real difference in online safety and privacy in 2019.
Rating: 28 Votes
20 weeks ago
I was wondering how they were gonna convince everyone to start adapting it, this is great
Rating: 23 Votes
20 weeks ago

I love this...

However, I want them to also make random payment information that connects to a debit/credit card. I read about an app that does this... Would be great if Apple did it. Decoy email and payment method would be amazing.

ApplePay does this already.

To clarify: Try using ApplePay at a store and look at the number on the receipt. It'll change every time.
Rating: 18 Votes
20 weeks ago
How easy is it to untangle when you want to jump ship from Apple?
Rating: 10 Votes
20 weeks ago

I love this...

However, I want them to also make random payment information that connects to a debit/credit card. I read about an app that does this... Would be great if Apple did it. Decoy email and payment method would be amazing.


you do realize this is EXACTLY what Apple Pay does. If you use Apple Pay online it gives the site you are buying from a one use only CC number not the real number so if they get hacked you don't lose your CC to some hacker.
Rating: 9 Votes
20 weeks ago


"It's good news because we each get a unique random address, and that means you can disable any one of them at anytime when you're tired of hearing from that app


as he speaks to an auditorium filled with app developers..
Rating: 8 Votes
20 weeks ago
I think this is a great feature and I will be moving all my sign ins over. I'm so tired of Facebook logins. I can 't wait.
Rating: 5 Votes
20 weeks ago

ApplePay does this already.

To clarify: Try using ApplePay at a store and look at the number on the receipt. It'll change every time.


you do realize this is EXACTLY what Apple Pay does. If you use Apple Pay online it gives the site you are buying from a one use only CC number not the real number so if they get hacked you don't lose your CC to some hacker.


Incorrect. Apple Pay uses the same number every time. It is different from your physical card number, but it is kept for the life of the virtual card.

This is necessary for refunds and for transit, where they use your number to track your movement through gates. It would also cause issues if you had to use your device offline.
Rating: 4 Votes
20 weeks ago
And this is precisely why the iOS App Store should not be opened up. Make all developers have to go through the App Store any play by Apple’s rules if they want to access us customers.

We users benefit because honestly, how many developers would implement this if they didn’t have to? Some are probably happy to get us to use Facebook login so they can scrape our data.

If it sucks for the developers, it means they were likely doing something wrong in the first place. As a consumer, I can’t think of a reason not to use said feature every chance I get.
Rating: 4 Votes

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