9to5Mac reported that Apple is testing out a new process for logging onto iCloud.com via its upcoming operating systems. According to the website, users who have installed the betas for macOS Catalina, iOS 13, and iPadOS 13 can log onto their accounts using Face ID and Touch ID on their devices.
Beta users who load beta.icloud.com either on their beta-equipped device or on their desktop are greeted with a pop-up message asking if they would like to use any of those systems. After that, it proceeds to log users in, without requiring two-factor authentication.
It looks like that would be a logical step for Apple, considering the fact that its users can already unlock their devices and make purchases with Apple Pay using either system.
9to5Mac suggests that the new feature could be part of the company’s forthcoming Sign in with Apple tool, which users will be able to use as a single sign-on button for websites, much like Facebook and Google have deployed across Internet.
Apple has been advertising itself as a force for privacy on the web, positioning Face and Touch ID as trustworthy tools for its users. Having in mind that namely iCloud was subjected to a major breach a couple of years ago, it’s not difficult to see the advantage of using the ID systems for sign-in.