Twitter promises an easier way to login to your Apple TV

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Apple TV needs a better way to login to stuff.
Apple TV needs a better way to login to stuff.
Photo: Twitter/Digits

Logging into any service on Apple TV is a pain. The text-entry field is one long line, and if you’ve got a particularly lengthy username or password for apps on the Apple TV, entering them can take much longer than it should.

Twitter-owned Digits is offering its own take on a solution with an SDK that tvOS developers can implement in their apps and let users type in a short string of numbers and letters that they get from their iPhone, rather than the full-on username and password combination.

This could solve the problem altogether, and it’s not much more tricky than using an app for Two-Step Authentication, which we all do now, anyway (or should).

Like a similar service already launched by Facebook, Digits will offer an authentication service that will show users a short alphanumeric code. You’ll just enter the code you see on your Apple TV to a webpage on your Mac, iPhone or iPad to authorize your login. The app will get your login info from the Digits system instead of from your laboriously-typed username and password.

What Digits might look like on your Apple TV.
What Digits might look like on your Apple TV.
Photo: Twitter/Digits

Developers will be able to add this code to their apps right now via the latest Fabric app for Mac, a modular app-making SDK that works with XCode, also owned by Twitter.

Let’s hope more devs get this or the Facebook system integrated soon — I’m very tired of typing on that Apple TV “keyboard,” aren’t you?

Via: Apple Insider