In an attempt to give its users the ease of signing-in into the iCloud on the Web, Apple has been spotted testing a new sign-in process for macOS Catalina, iPadOS, and iOS 13. Users with the latest beta versions of the respective operating systems can now see a new pop-up on the beta.icloud.com. This pop-up enables the user to sign in to their iCloud accounts using Touch ID or Face ID.
As far as the current sign-in technique is concerned, Apple users can only use Apple Id and password from getting access to the iCloud on the Web. The new feature, that is being tested, for now, will eliminate the traditional password-entering process with the help of Touch ID and Face ID introduction. It brings the iCloud on the same level as the iTunes Store or the App Store. However, as far as the features spotted on macOS Catalina beta and iOS 13 beta, it will be hard to say that this new feature will make it to the final cut of the operating systems releasing globally in September.
How to Test the Feature on Your Device?
Reported first by 9to5Mac, these new iCloud sign-in ways are currently available for users under iOS 3, iPad OS 13, and macOS Catalina beta testing program. The pop-up will only appear on the iCloud for the Web when visited using Safari on a device with beta versions of the above-mentioned latest operating systems. In fact, you just have to go to the iCloud website from the devices with iOS 13, iPad OS 13, and macOS Catalina beta testing devices and the Safari browser will automatically take you to the iCloud for the Web link that is beta.icloud.com which is a beta version itself. After a user chooses to sign in via Face ID or Touch ID the website will prompt for biometric device link fingerprint sensor or cameras on the device.
In case you are not redirected directly to the beta.icloud.com even after being a beta tester for the mentioned operating systems, you can open Safari and type in beta.icloud.com manually to open the web version of iCloud to test the feature. For devices already equipped with Face ID, the Safari will ask you to sign-in to your Apple ID using Face ID, and similarly, for devices with just Touch ID, the browser will ask for the same. The report from 9to5Mac contained a screenshot from the iPhone XS Max running iOS 13 beta version that successfully allowed the sign-in using Face ID. According to the report, you are also not required to perform two-factor confirmation.
Now that this feature is under the testing mode, we expect it to get into the new operating systems with one of the updates after the stable versions of the iOS 13, iPad OS 13, and macOS Catalina are out.