iOS 13 And macOS Catalina Let You Sign Into iCloud Using Touch ID or Face ID
Apple is testing a new biometric sign-no for iCloud.com. You can test it for yourself right now if you are running iOS 13, iPadOS 13, or macOS 10.15 Catalina and sign in via the beta.icloud.com website.
You should also be redirected from icloud.com if you visit via one of the aforementioned betas released.
Normally users must log in via their traditional usernames and passwords when visiting the iCloud website, including entering their two-factor authentication codes. Now, as this testing shows, Apple plans to allow Apple to users to use either Face ID or Touch ID to log in. Two-factor authentication is also negated when using this sign-in method.
While Apple hasn’t specifically made it clear, it’s likely this is the first stage of Apple testing its new Sign in with Apple feature. That feature was announced during WWDC last month and allows users to sign into apps and web services using their Apple ID. This not only makes signing in more convenient, but also means that a user’s email address isn’t shared with the third-party, too.
Sign in with Apple will be available alongside iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS 10.15 Catalina when they released later this year. If previous release cadences are to be observed we can expect that to happen in or around September.
Alongside the new software releases Apple is also very likely to announce new iPhones, too. At least three new models are expected to be announced, with new Apple Watches and Macs also likely to arrive shortly afterwards.