Apple Tests iCloud Website Sign-in With Face ID and Touch ID in iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina Betas

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is testing a new way of signing into the iCloud website as part of its beta program for iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina.

    A tipster informed MacRumors over the weekend that users running a beta version of one of the above operating systems can now sign in with their Apple ID accounts using Face ID or Touch ID, depending on the device being used.

    A new Face ID sign-in screen for on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018)

    For instance, the screenshot above was taken in Safari browser on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation) running the latest iPadOS 13 Public Beta.

    Visiting, the user is redirected to and is then prompted to sign-in to the site using the Apple ID associated with the device.

    Tapping "Continue" automatically signs in the user in a matter of seconds by activating the iPad Pro's Face ID authentication feature, meaning no Apple ID password input is necessary.

    Users on devices with Touch ID, including the 2018 MacBook Air and Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro models, are being met with a similar sign-in process that uses their fingerprint to authenticate without requiring two-factor authentication.

    Apple's testing of this simpler way of signing in to the iCloud website is likely related to its forthcoming Sign In with Apple feature, which allows users to sign in to apps and websites using their Apple ID.

    The feature is being touted as a more secure alternative to similar sign-in services offered by Facebook, Google, and Twitter, since it authenticates the user with Face ID or Touch ID, and doesn't send personal information to app and website developers.

    In an additional privacy boon, Sign In with Apple also lets users create a randomly-generated email address that hides their own email address when signing up for a third-party app or service.

    The new sign-in feature is coming with Apple's new operating systems when they're released this fall and will be available across macOS, iOS, and through websites.

    (Thanks, Francesco!)

    Article Link: Apple Tests iCloud Website Sign-in With Face ID and Touch ID in iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina Betas
  2. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    My question is... What do you see once you sign in? Because Apple has never allowed you to see from an iOS device. Is it the full site?
  3. jamesdc macrumors member


    Oct 3, 2008
    Just tried this out can see mail, contacts, calendar, photos, iCloud Drive, Notes, reminders, Pages, Number, Keynote, Find Friends Find iPhone & settings all of which work & are fully accessible from iPad running iOS 13 Beta.
  4. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    The iPad would run the desktop version of Seems like that is what you would see. I guess this would be more applicable to iPad and touchbar MacBook users and not iPhone users.
  5. allenvanhellen macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2015
    I wanna be able to authenticate my work PC logins to iCloud with my Apple Watch, maybe by double pressing the side button. For now, the Apple Watch isn’t even able to give the two-factor authentication codes, so I have to grab my phone or MacBook.
  6. ventmore macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
  7. sydneysider88 macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2019
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    How about they test a website that isn’t from 2012? Apple is seriously behind Google and Microsoft.
  8. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Does this mean 2FA isn’t required when using this methodology?
  9. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    Are they intending to update It’s horribly outdated
  10. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    Great move! More convenient without giving up security and privacy.
  11. RadioHedgeFund macrumors newbie


    Sep 11, 2018
    I would ask the question of ‘Why?’ when all of iClouds apps are baked in to iOS or downloadable.
  12. Iconoclysm macrumors 68020


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    I work in Microsoft's cloud every day, not sure what you're getting at here but at least Apple's site is consistent and feels complete. M365, while more functional, can be a nightmare as it changes constantly.
  13. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    lol.... Well they do tweaks.. would these count?
  14. Heineken macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2018
    As someone already mentioned it is at least consistent. Gmail compared to iCloud mail is a complete cluster****.
  15. joueboy macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2008
    That means a MacBook with FaceID is just around the corner. That would be another price increase because according to Tim Cook that's a new feature.
  16. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    It might still be. Remember, the device itself is an authorized device, so it is one authentication mechanism itself, and the username/password (which would be accessed via faceId) is the other.
  17. IIGS User macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2019
    Will the whole thing take a breather on a Friday?
  18. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Strange. I access iCloud from iPad Pro 11” but I don’t see the new login prompt nor can I login to iCloud using password or so. I feel this feature is limited to 2FA users only.
  19. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Generally Mac prices are lower these days than they were under Jobs. If you don’t like it, you can use a PC or an older model. They don’t stop functioning when the new one comes out. Apple doesn’t owe you free stuff.
  20. prasand macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2015
    UES, New York
    On iOS, it just shows a web version of the “Find My” app, without an option to see / access anything else iCloud.
  21. procksa49er1120 macrumors member


    Jun 6, 2011
    It means your 2nd factor becomes your primary factor, a.k.a. Password-less login, which inherently offers more security than any flow with a password.
  22. Iconoclysm macrumors 68020


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    It's going to take a long time for people to grasp this. From the scared type that are worried how it works to the ignorant type that think Apple doesn't know how to do 2 factor correctly.
  23. ErikGrim macrumors 601


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    I think the real story here is that they are going to allow iOS devices to access Something that was baffling they blocked prior.
  24. ignatius345, Jul 8, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2019

    ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    I just tried it on the iPhone SE I'm using to play with iOS 13 public beta. And yeah, the TouchID authentication is cool but as you say, once you get into on an iPhone you can only just use Find My iPhone ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Still, it's very cool that Apple has worked out how to authenticate on a website using onboard biometrics. I could see this streamlining all kinds of interactions with Apple's websites.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 8, 2019 ---
    Eh, we're already there. If you're using a password manager like iCloud Keychain or 1Password, you're already logging into sites using only your fingerprint or face.

    I rarely (thank god) type a password on my phone since iOS 12 introduced deep integration with 1Password. Is it technically less secure? I suppose, but if someone's cracked the biometric authentication on my phone I've probably already been owned ten ways from Sunday.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 8, 2019 ---
    Are you saying you somehow don't have 2FA on your iCloud account? Because that would be truly insane.
  25. Shirasaki, Jul 8, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2019

    Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Exactly. My account was created quite a few years back before 2FA was a thing, so I was lucky enough to not be forced to jump the ship and use 2FA. I still use security questions and strong password to keep my account safe.
    Out of curiosity, why you think this is crazy?

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