This iOS 16 feature kills more than passwords


The password may not be the only thing to go in iOS 16.

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As a replacement for passwords, Apple has turned its attention to CAPTCHAs.

Passkeys, a new technology that eliminates the need for a password on an app or website, was one of the major additions introduced at WWDC 2022 earlier this month. As part of the FIDO Alliance, Apple is collaborating with Google and Microsoft on the technology, which will be included in iOS 16 by the end of the year.


According to MacRumors, the corporation is working on a solution for more than just passwords. CAPTCHAs, the authentication system that forces you to click on a series of traffic lights and fire hydrants to show you are not a robot, are another common annoyance when trying to get into a website.

In iOS 16, Apple plans to use a technique called Private Access Tokens to defeat CAPTCHAs as well. iCloud will verify that you are, in fact, a human being for apps and websites that enable the capability.

A video explaining how the feature works was recently released by Apple, but in a nutshell, the company’s system checks to see if the device and Apple ID account are in good standing and then presents the app or website with a Private Access Token. By replacing CAPTCHAs with this new method, users may enjoy an improved login and account creation experience, while also benefiting from increased privacy and accessibility.


“Private Access Tokens are a strong alternative that enable you identify HTTP requests from genuine devices and individuals without exposing their identity or personal information,” stated Apple in the description of a WWDC 2022 video linked to the topic.

Those who want to learn more about the functionality can watch the WWDC session on the Apple Developer site.

When iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura are released this autumn, the feature will be available on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.


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