Why does Apple force Apple ID password changes?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by VinegarTasters, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. VinegarTasters macrumors 6502


    Nov 20, 2007
    This is getting very problematic. Every once and a while, Apple forces people to change their AppleID password. After you change it, EVERYTHING breaks. iCloud, iMessages, FaceTime, iTunes, AppStore, iOS backups, etc etc. Then you have to go into EVERY single app (and system) using your Apple ID to reset EVERY password. ON EVERY DEVICE. So once you change your password (forced by Apple), you need to change 5-6 password PER device. This happens every 6 months (maybe shorter) I think. So if you have like a Mac, iPhone, and iPad, once Apple forces you to change it, be prepared to change your password 15-18 times. If you don't you won't receive iMessages, you won't receive facetime calls, you can't download apps, your backups to iCloud won't work, even iWorks and stuff can't save to the cloud.
  2. tarryweather macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2012
    I have never once had to change my Apple ID password.
  3. VinegarTasters thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 20, 2007

    It is every 3 months, not 6 months...


    EVERY 3 MONTHS you have to change 18 passwords! Manually. You also can't flip flop between 2 passwords. They must be unique every time. That is simply stupid. After a changing it 4 times in a year you must write it down on paper because no one can remember what was the last password.
  4. sidewinder macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2008
    Northern California
    Me neither.....

  5. VinegarTasters thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 20, 2007
    Maybe there is a subset of the AppleID. Developers I think. But once you join once, you are stuck with the password changes every 3 months.
  6. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    I am literally still using the same Apple ID password I have had since the MobileMe days. I haven't changed it in years.

    Where you are getting notification that you must change password? Maybe this is just a trojan or phishing.
  7. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I have had the same Apple ID password since the inception of Apple ID's

    Your link refers to only Developers, so your thread title and initial post are misleading
    I cannot speak for developers, but I have never had to change
  8. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    this thread is confusing ive never had to change my password never mind every 3 months
  9. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Me too - I have had two apple ID's used for multiple things, iTunes, .Mac/MobileMe, iCloud, dev, support etc. One password has never changed and the other one has been changed, but by my own choosing when I was having some spam issues. It stopped a year or so ago and I have never been prompted to change it. Recommended to back then, but never required.
  10. VinegarTasters thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 20, 2007
    you are a dev?

    You are a "dev"? Saw that word in your post.

    If yes, look at this:


    I am sure it is a developer issue, but could be other people depending on whatever criteria Apple uses at the moment.
  11. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    The solution is clear. You may have multiple Apple IDs. Establish a developer account. Use it for development activities. Use one of your Apple IDs with this account. For your non-developer activities, use your non-developer account with your non-developer Apple ID.
  12. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've never been prompted to change my apple id password. I did it a while back when I was nervous that my account may have been compromised (it wasn't) Its been over 3 months since I made the change and I'm not getting warned that I need to change my password.
  13. CodeBreaker macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sea of Tranquility
    Hmm.. I am a developer but I was never asked to change my password since I created my account in 2009 :confused:

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