The website adds passkey support, but there's a catch

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Logging into Apple's website is about to get a whole lot easier, so long as you're using the latest beta software.

That's because Apple's website now supports logging into your Apple ID using passkeys for the first time, doing away with the need to use a password that you probably can't remember.

Passkeys are the industry's answer to the password problem — people use poor passwords or reuse the same one across devices. Passkeys get around that by removing the password from the equation entirely, and they're coming to Apple's upcoming software updates including iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma.

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All of those software updates automatically assign a new passkey to your Apple ID which means that it can then be used to sign into iCloud and Apple's other websites, 9to5Mac notes. That does mean that you'll need to be using one of those software releases to sign in right now, however, with Touch ID or Face ID your new method of authentication.

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With passkeys, users can sign into their accounts without having to enter the usual username and password combination that we're all so familiar with. Passkeys have the potential to make the internet a safer place for many, and 1Password has already announced support for storing passkeys in its Vaults.

While Apple's latest software is now available in beta, none of those updates will be available for the public to download until later this year. If everything follows the usual schedule we expect iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 to be ready in September, while macOS Sonoma might have to wait until October time.

Apple announced the software updates at WWDC on June 5 alongside the 15-inch MacBook Air, new M2 Mac Studio, Apple silicon Mac Pro, and of course the Vision Pro headset.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.