One of the big problems with the introduction of iCloud, was the inability to properly segregate it from iTunes accounts on a single iOS device. With iOS 5, you had one iTunes ID, and that same ID was used for iCloud.

While in many circumstances this posed no issue, (ad there are a few inconvenient work-arounds) it did cause problems for those whose purchases were tied up to a particular iTunes ID. I’m happy to report that this is no longer a problem in iOS 6, as it now allows you to log in with separate iTunes and iCloud IDs upon first setup…

This means it’s now totally possible to have the unique mail, reminders, bookmarks, and various other privileges that come with iCloud:

While still retaining the benefits of all of the app purchases, music, etc from an alternate iTunes account:

You don’t necessarily have to take advantage of the separate IDs, but it’s nice to see that Apple has listened to the users who found the prior restriction to be an issue.

What do you think? Are you happy to finally see separate login capability?

Update: Apparently you could already do this in iOS 5, though the method for doing so has definitely changed a bit. Sorry if I made you excited for nothing.

  • Metroview

    Yes, Jeff, that is new.

  • im very happy about this!

  • Lol.. There goes the NDA… I’m not complaining though

  • Sevensys

    Someone have working ios 6 beta download link??

    • You can find it all over the internet.. Just found some for like all of the devices (look on twitter).. Anyway, even if you download it, you can’t use it without being a dev and having the UDID registered/tied to a dev account ($99).

      • Or you buy a UDID Slot from someone from 3$ up to 20$ for ONE Device

      • That’s true (what I did), and some people are offering them for free. You just need to know where to look, start with Twitter and YouTube, just saying.

  • Greg Moseley

    Not completeley true, my sons use my iCloud account for backups and find iPhone but use their own accounts for iTunes on iOS5 – so this isn’t a new feature, unless I am missing something??

  • Greg Moseley

    Duplicate post

  • adrmurray

    As stated by your update you found out this has been doable for quite some time. I’d like to also mention that adding multiple iCloud accounts is advantageous as well. For instance, my wife and I share a family iCloud account for Reminders, Notes, some mail, and where we put all devices in the Find My iPhone account. It’s a secondary account but it works beautifully to keep our lists, notes, and certain household accounts synchronized. Then we both have our own iCloud accounts for photo streams, docs, and iPhone/iPad backups. Alternatively calendars could be used in this shared fashion but we already had a method of allowing each other on our calendars.