Apple is now requiring that you sign in with an Apple ID to make an online Genius Bar appointment at your local Apple Store, observes TechCrunch.
The reasons for this are manifold but there is an ongoing effort to tie in a user’s Apple ID with all of their actions in Apple’s ecosystem. This new procedure is in place for Genius Bar and Workshop appointments and there is now a profile page that allows you to see all of your appointments past and present.
The site says the change is also to “give the control of a Genius Bar appointment to a user directly, who must know their credentials and enter them before being able to confirm a payment.”
Another factor may be the time savings. Instead of having to enter a user’s information when they arrive for the appointment it will already be populated.