Apple is Working on a Way to Combine Apple IDs

Posted September 16, 2011 at 3:29pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 8213 views

Apple is working on a way to combine multiple Apple IDs according to representation for CEO Tim Cook, reports MacRumors.

Developers who use more than one Apple ID are running into a major problem with iOS 5. If you turn on Automatic Downloads with your Apple ID, you cannot auto-download or download past purchases with a different Apple ID for 90 days.

MacRumors reader Robert emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook about the issue, and quickly received a phone call from an Apple executive relations employee. She had spoken to the team responsible for Apple IDs and acknowledged that they understood the issue and that more people would run into the problem with iCloud. She also repeated that there is no way yet to combine accounts but revealed they are working on it. In the meantime, she recommended picking a single account to plan on keeping indefinitely and to make all future purchases on that account.

Hopefully, Apple is able to resolve this issue before iOS 5 launches.

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Albert - September 16, 2011 at 7:12pm
What a bunch of crybabies! People should be happy that Apple let's them use more than one Apple ID on a device in the first place. Yes, there are some issues with how it is handled, but do you really want Apple to solve this the easy way (i.e. no more than one ID per device) ? Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth.
matrixmaniac - September 16, 2011 at 6:59pm
what an unbelievable rubbish this is! Why 90 days? where does this idea come from?? Anyways, this iCloud stuff is not thought thru at all. No "attention to detail" here. I manage the iPhones and iPods of all my extended family and of some friends too. Family mostly on my own account, friends mostly on their own, but all on my comuter! Now imagine what's going to happen! Who wants to auto-receive all the fashion crap apps my (sweet) little niece downloads all the time? And who would want risk to accidentally auto-share all the photos and documents with others? And how do i make sure that none of my nostalgic mails and pictures of an old ex get into the hands of my new flame? Or my chatty nosy sister in law? Oh MY GOD! Apple will make our lives soooo complicated! They will go down with upset customers!
Michael - September 16, 2011 at 5:29pm
With iCloud, I'm going to be more interested in how Apple will handle IDs for families. I don't want to have to buy the same song or app 3 times but I also don't want all our documents and pictures syncing to each others devices.
Mimshack tee - September 17, 2011 at 9:37am
Well if you use one apple id you should expect expect everything to sync together DUH!
thaslym - September 16, 2011 at 4:14pm
thus something i have been longing for
vix - September 16, 2011 at 6:59pm
Man! Golly, Geez Wiz... it's about time.
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