What you need to know
- Apple hosted its "Move beyond passwords" WWDC21 session.
- The session showed developers a preview of what a future without passwords will look like.
Apple has previewed a future without passwords at its "Move beyond passwords" (opens in new tab) session during WWDC21. The new feature, called "passkeys in iCloud Keychain," will use the Web Authentication standard to eventually replace passwords with more secure methods of authentication.
Garrett Davidson, an Apple engineer on the Authentication Experience team, says that the new feature will not only be much more secure than passwords but allow you to authenticate with something as simple as a tap or click.
The feature is currently only available for developers to test out and submit feedback to Apple as it continues its work to bring a post-password future into reality. Moving away from passwords, as Apple has explained, will be a multi-year project. You can watch the entire session or read the transcript on the Apple Developer website (opens in new tab).
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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