The AnyList shopping list app will not integrate the Connect with Apple feature. However, as of June 30, all applications that offer a third-party system (Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.) to connect or create an account in the app are also required to offer the Connection with Apple option, under rule 4.8 of guidelines.
The only third-party connection method in AnyList being Facebook, this should have pushed the publisher to also integrate Connection with Apple from the deadline. The developers of Purple Cover have simply decided to remove the connection via the social network, which was no longer suitable for reasons of privacy largely trampled on by Facebook.
Once Facebook is out of the equation, you don’t need to sign in with Apple. The publisher has decided to stick to the only traditional connection, which requires creating an account by filling out a form and leaving a personal email address. To explain this desire to do without Apple’s connection services, Purple Cover puts forward several reasons.
The first argument is quite convincing: many Apple identifiers are linked to iCloud addresses, which therefore serve as identifiers for Connection with Apple. However, a large number of users with iCloud addresses will not consult the messages addressed to them. The “real” e-mail address is a Gmail or other account, more rarely iCloud…
Emails addressed by Purple Cover to iCloud addresses are tantamount to sending bottles to the sea: annoying when it comes to responding to an urgent request for assistance (and they all are). ” People ask for help, we respond, and they come back to us later, furious that we haven’t received a response Explains the editor. ” Our response went to their iCloud address, but they don’t see it because they only look at their Gmail account, in the Gmail app “
Another difficulty with Connection with Apple: the service allows you to send a hidden address, in the form [email protected], instead of the real iCloud address. Again, this poses problems for assisting a user: in case AnyList support needs to look at something in the account, it needs the address that was used to create said account. It is still possible to get your hands on it, but the process is longer and particularly time-consuming.
There is also the question of interoperability. Connection with Apple can be integrated into an Android application, but here too you must remember the hidden address and then request a new password from the publisher. In addition, Apple provides very little documentation on the support of the service on Android. Finally, this address masking option is a big headache for loved ones, who will have to use the quirky address to share their lists with the user.
Purple Cover points to the immaturity of the Connection with Apple service, on the one hand the lack of documentation already mentioned, but also due to the recent and serious security flaw described by the developers as “very simple”. Confidence is not there (read: A security hole plugged in Connection with Apple).
Finally, another very simple explanation is that the AnyList team simply does not have sufficient resources to manage a third-party connection system intended for an essentially cross-platform app. Will this reflection also be that of other small publishers who will not bother to integrate Connection with Apple? The deadline being behind us, we should know soon enough.