Apple Inc will ask developers to position a new “Sign on with Apple” button in iPhone and iPad apps above rival buttons from Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc, according to design guidelines released this week.
The move to give Apple prime placement is significant because users often select the default or top option on apps. And Apple will require apps to offer its button if they want to offer options to login with Facebook or Google…
Many consumers choose to sign in to independent apps using their accounts from Google or Facebook because it saves the trouble of having to create and remember separate user names and passwords for dozens of different apps.
But the login buttons can send some data back to their makers about the user’s app habits. Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi said during a keynote address on Monday that Apple was seeking to give users a more private option and developers a way to offer a fast one-step login without sending their user’s data to another company…
Apple’s button also works on websites. Its use will not be required because Apple does not hold review power over websites the way it does apps on its own store, but Apple’s guidelines still ask it to be given top placement if it is used.
MacDailyNews Take: Good.
It’s past time for people to have a privacy-centric sign-in option. With Apple Apple generating random, one-time use email addresses and handling credentials management, users can finally protect their personal data when using mobile apps and online services. Sign In with Apple is “Apple ID for everyone” which will hopefully cut the data streams to the privacy-trampling Google and Facebook deeply.
We look forward to the hoi polloi finally waking up to privacy concerns, realizing that Only Apple offers the level of privacy protection that everyone should value and enjoy, and stop pissing it away to the likes of Google and Facebook.
More info about Sign In with Apple here.