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Apr 12, 2001

Earlier this year, we reported that "Apple ID" would be renamed to "Apple Account," and this change has now been officially announced.


Apple confirmed the change in a press release today, with "Apple Account" branding now used across iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia, and watchOS 11:
With the releases of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia, and watchOS 11, Apple ID is renamed to Apple Account for a consistent sign-in experience across Apple services and devices, and relies on a user's existing credentials.
There are still some places where Apple ID branding remains for now, such as the Apple ID sign-in page on the web. The transition to "Apple Account" will likely be completed by time iOS 18 and the other software updates are publicly released later this year.

"Apple Account" is certainly a more straightforward name, but "Apple ID" had been used for over two decades and had a lot of sentimental value.

Article Link: 'Apple ID' Renamed to 'Apple Account' Across iOS 18 and Other Updates
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macrumors 6502a
Jun 14, 2018
Any hope for being able to merge Apple IDs?


It’s crazy how they punish legacy users in this way. For those who don’t know, there was a time when they forced separate accounts for iCloud and iTunes, thus creating this mess where they have to allow for separate logins to this day.

It’s simply not easy to reconcile because all iTunes purchases are on one account, and all iCloud data is on another. It would be an utter pain to do it manually, not to mention you’d effectively give up your current iCloud email address. Basically, it’s not possible without Apple creating a merge tool.


macrumors 6502a
Mar 31, 2010
Anyone else in the same boat as me? I have an iCloud account for syncing iCloud content, and a separate Apple ID (well, soon Apple Account) for App Store purchases and non-iCloud stuff. And it's so old that it's still a username and not an email address.


macrumors 65816
Sep 15, 2013
I don't get it.

They change the stuff they shouldn't like Apple ID, but keep silly names like anything Air around (except AirPods, that's fine).
Air- is Apple’s branding for wireless devices. A long, long time ago, Apple made a line of routers, and those were called AirPort. Back before OS X Lion, AirPort was the name used for Wi-Fi connections within macOS.

A decade prior to that, there was the iMac, the iBook, the PowerMac and the PowerBook. Each device with the i- prefix was designed for consumers, specifically usage of the Internet, while each device with the Power- prefix was designed for professionals, specifically creative work of all kinds.


macrumors 68020
Apr 19, 2015
In 2038 they will re introduce Apple ID as account will sound so last century. 😆

They will encourage uniqueness and individuality after AI has rendered everyone similar. 🤔
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macrumors 6502
Feb 16, 2024
Yeah, they definitely can’t name things. They ain’t facebook, “Apple Identifier” sounded way cooler and 2077, “Apple Account” sounds lame and dull
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