Apple Account replaces Apple ID starting with iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia

For users who have been using Apple products for decades, it may be a bit of a pill to swallow. The name Apple ID will disappear from your Mac, iPhone and iPad after more than twenty years. For early Apple users, this may be a sentimental moment. With the release of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia and watchOS 11, Apple ID will be renamed to Apple Account.

Apple aims to provide users with a more consistent login experience across all Apple services and devices. The name Apple Account is simply a better choice because of the large number of different services that Apple offers nowadays.

What does this change mean for you as an Apple ID user?

Transition from Apple ID to Apple Account

The transition to the new naming has already been initiated by Apple and has become visible in the first beta versions of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia and watchOS 11.

In the iCloud section of the settings on both iOS and macOS, the naming of Apple ID has been replaced with an Apple Account. Which is of course not a major and noticeable change.

Apple Account replaces Apple ID

Transition initiated

The full transition to Apple Account will likely be complete by the time iOS 18 officially releases. At the moment, most Apple login pages still talk about Apple ID, but in the coming weeks you will increasingly see the new naming appear.

What will change for me when switching to Apple Account?

You do not need to take any action yourself to change from Apple ID to Apple Account. This only concerns a change in naming, Apple Account is the same as your current Apple ID.

So you use your Apple Account in exactly the same way as you are used to using your Apple ID. You can continue to use the email account and password that you currently use for Apple ID.

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