Last week, Apple released iOS 11.3 beta for developers, which introduces some interesting features. The update brings a design overhaul for Apple Books, and also brings parents Face ID authentication to purchase apps for kids. Another feature was also discovered, that would ease the process of signing-in to all apps.
The 9to5Mac team found a code in iOS 11.3 beta hinting at a single sign-in service using your iCloud account. It sounds similar to the ‘sign-on’ service on Apple TV. Essentially, the feature will allow users to log in to third-party apps using iCloud. And while it may sound like a password manager, it really isn’t.
The service takes iCloud details of users, which includes email addresses and passwords, and replaces the login details of third-party apps. The data, along with user’s Apple ID, will be enough for a website authenticate the users.
Lastly, one more feature was found in the code that would allow iPad or iPhone users to scan a QR core using their device camera, and request to sign-in to a website using the Apple ID. The feature is interesting as remembering one Apple ID and its credentials is much easier compared to remembering different usernames and passwords.
While the new feature does sound interesting, there is no guarantee that it will be rolled out as part of the final iOS 11.3 update for consumers. However, there are a couple of reasons why it should make it to the final version. Firstly, Apple already has a single sign-on system for its Apple TV, and secondly, it will be helpful for the users to seamlessly login after initial sign-in.