Some App Makers Are Skeptical Of ‘Sign In With Apple’

Posted: Jun 16 2019, 7:30am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Some app makers are skeptical of ‘Sign in with Apple’
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Apple could require developers to make "Sign in with Apple" a standard for all apps amid the tension.

Less than two weeks after Apple officially unveiled its latest privacy-focused feature, a report says app makers are divided over the new “Sign in with Apple” feature, with some worried about how the new system would impact their apps.

In interviews with WIRED, some iOS developers say they doubt that Apple’s sign-in feature would offer a solution that is dramatically different from the current “Sign in with Google” and “Sign in with Facebook” systems that are already being used by almost every app.

Apple launched “Sign in with Apple” during its WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in the week of June 3. The tech giant promised a faster, easier and a more secure way of signing into apps and websites through the new tool. At the time, Apple said all accounts are protected with two-factor authentication (Face ID or Touch ID). The company also stressed that it will not track users’ activity in apps and websites.

It comes at a time when companies like Facebook and Google are believed to be using users’ activities to streamline their advertising efforts, making ads more precisely targeted to a certain user.

Chris Kanich, a security and privacy researcher, told WIRED that “in the technical sense, this appears to be identical to what Facebook and Google are offering.”

Leah Culver, co-founder and chief technology officer of podcast discovery app Breaker, told the news outlet that she is “not super happy about [Apple] forcing apps to use a certain type of login, and I think it’s kind of petty.”

Buzz Andersen, a software engineer and a former Apple employee, reportedly said that “Sign in with Apple” is long overdue. However, he says he personally believes Apple’s offering to be more trustworthy than other options, according to the report.

Meanwhile, other developers believe that Apple’s new feature could be worth a try. Will Fischer, a product manager in the emerging technology group at auction house Christie’s, told WIRED that “Sign in with Apple” is “absolutely going to make things easier” for his own personal iPhone use. “It’s an interesting concept… But there’s currently no anonymous checkout in our app—as a company we have to know who we’re transacting with and who we’re selling to. It’s definitely something we would like to assess more fully,” Fischer added.

Without the support of its developer community, there is a possibility that Apple’s new sign-in tool would only be seen in a few apps. However, the tension could prompt the company to require app makers to integrate it to all listings on the App Store.

“Sign in with Apple” will be available to all iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS devices, with beta testing expected to roll out this summer.

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