Apple announced a new way for users to sign-in to their favorite apps earlier this year. The Sign-in with Apple boasts of superlative security features. Apple received flak from the developer’s community when they make it mandatory for all apps to offer the new Sign-in method. However, the company has imposed a deadline of 2020 for existing apps while new apps need to implement the changes before going live on the App Store.
Apple has direct control over the App Store policy and thus is in a precarious position that allows them to dictate terms. Meanwhile, Developers claim that the new feature will hamper their business prospects. Apple has now revisited the App Store policy and has made some exclusions and changes in the rule.
We’ve updated the App Store Review Guidelines to provide criteria for when apps are required to use Sign in with Apple. Starting today, new apps submitted to the App Store must follow these guidelines. Existing apps and app updates must follow them by April 2020. We’ve also provided new guidelines for using Sign in with Apple on the web and other platforms.
The company has detailed scenarios wherein Sign-in with Apple is not required. In accordance with new rules apps that offer social logins via Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Amazon and Facebook are required to mandatorily add Sign in with Apple. On the other hand, if the app offers sign in with unique account created with an email and password, then it is exempted from the rule. Below are the four exemptions for Sign in with Apple.
- Your app exclusively uses your company’s own account setup and sign-in systems.
- Your app is an education, enterprise or business app that requires the user to sign in with an existing education or enterprise account.
- Your app uses a government or industry-backed citizen identification system or electronic ID to authenticate users.
- Your app is a client for specific third-party service and users are required to sign in to their mail, social media or other third-party accounts directly to access their content.
App Store rules changes for Kids app
Apple had implemented some changes to the policy for kids app. The deadline was set to September 3rd. Apple is now giving an additional 6 months for developers to update their apps in accordance with the new guidelines.
Apps intended primarily for kids should not include third-party analytics or third-party advertising. This provides a safer experience for kids. In limited cases, third-party analytics and third-party advertising may be permitted provided that the services adhere to the same terms set forth in Guideline 1.3.