Apple is testing a new login method for iCloud beta website, which uses Face ID and Touch ID for authentication on iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina. Users with a Face ID or Touch ID compatible iOS device or a Mac with Touch ID can go to beta.icloud.com in Safari, while using any of these new beta operating systems and they will be greeted with the new login user interface for biometric authentication.
Users on iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina do not have to change any setting to see this new login mechanism for iCloud website. When iCloud.com is visited in Safari on any of these operating systems, the new login user interface will automatically pop-up. If you are already signed in with an Apple ID on your iOS device or Mac, you will be given the option to login using it. Depending on your device, you will be able to use either Touch ID or Face ID to complete the login process. Using this process also helps you bypass two-factor authentication, which means that logging-in is instantaneous.
This is how the login UI looks when you go to icloud.com in Safari in iOS 13 beta 3:
It is important to note that users are automatically redirected to beta.icloud.com when visiting iCloud.com from any of these new operating systems, which are currently in beta testing.
It is expected that Apple will roll-out this login mechanism to all their websites this fall. Third-party websites and apps will also be able to take advantage of similar login functionality via the new ‘Sign in with Apple’ feature, which aims to provide a private and secure authentication system. Apple announced it during WWDC 2019 and expects it to compete with the likes of Google and Facebook login systems, both which are very popular but not privacy focused.
iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina are currently available as developer and public betas and will be available to all users this fall.
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