Apple merging Apple IDs ahead of iCloud launch

Apple may be working on a way to merge Apple IDs to avoid a big syncing mess when its


launches in October along with

iOS 5

and the

iPhone 5

. The company has long rejected the ability to merge Apple IDs, which is an issue for users that may have inadvertently signed up for more than one. This issue also plagues those who had a MobileMe account.

The Apple ID is what's used to sync and download purchases from iTunes. If a user has made purchases on two Apple IDs, they can only download or sync with one at a time. They also cannot quickly switch between the two accounts because Apple locks devices to a single Apple ID for 90 days.

Users who are frustrated

with this inability to merge Apple IDs have gotten little guidance from Apple.

However, a


reader recently emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding the problem and received a phone call from an Apple spokesperson, acknowledging the Apple ID issue, and revealing that although the accounts still cannot be merged at the moment, they are indeed working on a fix.

Another reader

reported a similar response from Apple. But for the time being, it's recommended to pick one of the accounts and make any future purchases from only that account.