For third-party apps that use social login, Sign In with Apple will be mandatory, not optional

For third-party apps that use social login, Sign In with Apple will be mandatory, not optional
Third party apps that already use a social log-in service like Sign In with Facebook or Sign In with Google, supporting the new Sign In with Apple will be required, not optional.

The important disclaimer can be found in the fine print of its freshly updated App Store Review Guidelines:

This pretty much means that once the Sign In with Apple service is out of beta later this year, third-party app developers will have to be ready with the implementation and must support it in their apps.

The benefit of Sign In with Apple is first and foremost privacy. At WWDC, the company stressed that unlike Facebook and Google, it does not collect any information and will not track you. It's also expected to be even faster than those sign-in services, allowing you to be signed in with a single tap (unless an app requires your email). And speed for logins is, of course, of critical importance for companies like Uber and Bird that users often need to quickly sign into.

The other benefit of Sign In with Apple is for those pesky emails that you start getting spammed with as soon as you register with a new app. Apple will offer you to automatically create a randomized email address that will forward those emails to your main address. This will allow you to quickly disable that random email and never be bothered with pesky email notifications.

We should also point out that this new sign-in option will be required for implementation IF the app uses social login and will not affect apps that use a native log-in solution.



1. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 719; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I think it is right that Apple forces the option to sign in with Apple. The headline of the article is misleading though. It sounds like Apple forces its users to use Sign in with Apple. I like that Apple is working on giving users more control and transparency about their data.

2. Shubham412302

Posts: 593; Member since: Nov 09, 2011


3. ChicagoBorn

Posts: 105; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Best feature brought to iOS this year besides the dark mode. iPad got most of the love this year.

4. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 719; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I agree. I have the feeling that Apple is neglecting the iPhone software-wise since two maybe three years already. It looks like that Apple regards the iPhone as quasi feature complete. Most important missing feature for me is picture in picture on iPhones.

5. Be_Mine unregistered

I'm an android user so I'm a little curious to know... If you are Youtube Premium subscriber using an iPhone. What happen when go to Home or when you lock your phone. Does the video continue to play in the background, or does it stop altogether?

11. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 719; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Can’t judge as I do not use you tube premium. Maybe you can find the answer on YouTube. I am sure somebody posted a video about that.

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1434; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I use a different app called Musi to do the same - but costs me nothing. I don’t like to have to sign into google for anything - so I use workarounds. - but yes, when I lock my screen YouTube music continues to play without a hiccup.

16. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

If you are a YouTube premium user on iOS the video will continue to play if the screen is off. I’ve been using the YouTube premium for a few years.

6. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I would love this. I trust apple with my data for security and privacy purposes.

13. oldskool50 unregistered

Of course you do. We wouldn't expect anything else.

8. phoneguynh

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 31, 2018

This I am excited for. I’m so sick of social media login especially Facebook. They will (do) sell your info the the devil if it gets them a dollar.

18. shonasof

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

And Apple won't? Won't _any_ tech company?

20. mackan84

Posts: 674; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

At least they won’t find any info thru that made up apple-email you can delete afterwards...

9. slim3bdo

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Apple joined the robbers , so instead for selling your info through facebook ,now it will be sold by apple . If you believe apple is trying to keep your privacy and you know for fact that it was givin 7 billions by google to keep google search engine as the default on in safari . If you believe apple is keeping your info private then your a lost case , your brain is fried and you lost logic .

22. KhaledChebat

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Title is misleading - it should say "Support for ..." is mandatory. The way it is could mean that users would have to sign-in with Apple Cloud account.

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