iOS 16 To Help Replace CAPTCHAs With New Security Feature
Apple’s upcoming iOS 16 update will add a new feature that will mean people won’t need to complete existing CAPTCHA challenges to prove that they are human.
The new feature will be available on devices running iOS 16 and be compatible with both apps and websites. Apple says that the feature will “automatically and privately” verify that they are real, and that the feature will check an Apple ID to ensure that it is legitimate.
Apple recently shared a video with technical details about how the feature works, but simply put, Apple’s system verifies that the device and Apple ID account are in good standing and presents what is called a Private Access Token to the app or website. This new system will offer a better user experience for tasks such as signing into or creating an account, with improved user privacy and accessibility compared to CAPTCHAs.
The feature is currently available in the first iOS 16 beta, carrying the following text:
Bypass CAPTCHAs in apps and on the web by allowing iCloud to automatically and privately verify your device and account.
Both Cloudflare and Fastly have already announced that they will support Private Access Tokens, meaning a large portion of the web will support them as a result.
Apple’s iOS 16 update is now in the hands of developers and is set to be made available to public beta testers next month. Everyone else will need to wait until later this year to install it, however.