What you need to know
- Apple is looking to bypass the need for CAPTCHAs with iOS 16.
- Private Access Tokens can replace the need for using CAPTCHAs to verify you are a human.
- The feature will also be available with iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura.
Now that Apple is killing off passwords, it has turned its eyes to another internet annoyance: CAPTCHAs.
One of the big features announced at WWDC 2022 earlier this month was passkeys, a new technology that will allow users to bypass the need for a password on an app or website. Apple, which is working on the technology in partnership with Google and Microsoft as part of the FIDO Alliance, will roll out the feature with iOS 16 later this year.
Spotted by MacRumors, passwords aren't the only annoying authentication problem the company is looking to solve. If you've ever tried logging in to a website, on top of a password, you also commonly have to deal with CAPTCHAs, the authentication technology that requires you to click on a bunch of traffic lights and fire hydrants to prove you are not a robot.
With iOS 16, Apple is looking to bypass CAPTCHAs as well with a technology called Private Access Tokens. For apps and websites that support the feature, iCloud will handle verifying you are, in fact, a human being.
Those interested in learning more about the feature can watch the WWDC session on the Apple Developer website.
The feature will be available on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac when iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura launch this fall.
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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.