iOS 11.3 may use Apple ID as a single sign-on for websites

“We’ve been discovering quite a bit by digging into the first iOS 11.3 beta, released last week,” Guilherme Rambo reports for 9to5Mac. “We learned that parents will be able to approve purchases using Face ID and that the Apple Books overhaul is in fact happening, and now evidence has emerged showing Apple has a new single sign-on like service for the web in development.”

“Today, we found a new component called SecureChannel which suggests that Apple is working on a solution to allow users to log in to websites using their Apple ID,” Rambo reports. “Strings found in SecureChannel mention that a website using this authentication method will be able to access the user’s personal iCloud data, and while we don’t know which data exactly, it’s probably going to be limited to the user’s real name and e-mail address.”

Rambo reports, “This functionality is similar in some ways to the Apple TV’s Single Sign-On feature, which allows you to seamlessly log into various TV applications after one initial sign in.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Anything secure that makes managing usernames and passwords easier is a Good Thing™. This feature would be yet another of the myriad benefits of owning an iPhone and/or iPad.


    1. It doesn’t sound like a requirement, but an option.
      Options are good, especially for those of us who haven’t put our faith in 1Password. Most haven’t, thus the need for this.

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