Apple IDs are becoming Apple Accounts

Apple is rebranding Apple accounts from Apple ID to (the arguably more straightforward) Apple Account. “With the releases of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia, and watchOS 11, Apple ID is renamed to Apple Account for a consistent sign-in experience across Apple services and devices, and relies on a user’s existing credentials,” Apple wrote in a Tuesday post on its Newsroom.

The change doesn’t come as a total surprise, as it was rumored earlier this year. And even though Apple IDs have been around for a very long time, I’m personally fine with the change — “Apple Account” feels a lot clearer to me than “Apple ID.”

In its Tuesday post, Apple also detailed a few changes coming to other Apple services this fall. Apple Maps users can browse hikes in US national parks. You’ll be able to send and receive Apple Cash just by bringing two iPhones next to each other, meaning you can share money without swapping personal information like a phone number. And Fitness Plus is getting a redesign, including “For You” recommendations.

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