Logging into apps on the new Apple TV currently involves entering a password with an onscreen keyboard, a process that makes the TSA look organized and efficient. It’s Apple’s screwup, but Facebook might have just come to the rescue.

Facebook’s new Login SDK has support for a login method that doesn’t require you to enter anything on the Apple TV remote. You go to whichever third-party app you’re trying to get into, click on ‘Login with Facebook’, and you’ll then get a short code they have to enter on your computer or smartphone.

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The system relies on app developers building in support for Facebook logins, which isn’t going to be universal any time soon. It also means that Facebook becomes a more integral part of our lives, which is undoubtedly what the company wants, and something I fear, because I remember when people used Facebook to throw sheep.

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But equally, it’s a neat solution to a very real and very annoying problem, and for that, I am (begrudgingly) grateful to Facebook.

[Facebook via 9to5Mac]