iOS 16 Will Let iPhone Users Bypass CAPTCHAs on Some Apps and Websites

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The next iOS update will include a new feature called Automatic Verification that allows users to bypass CAPTCHA on some apps and websites. A private access token system will use iCloud to verify the Apple ID and device to provide a token to apps and websites that accept them. Automatic Verification is already available on iOS 16 beta and macOS Ventura. The new system is believed to protect user privacy by preventing other information from being passed along to apps and websites during a manual verification process.

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.

Cloudflare and Fastly have already announced support for Private Access Tokens, meaning that the ability to bypass CAPTCHAs could be coming to millions of apps and websites powered by those platforms, and the feature will roll out more widely over time.

Source: Apple (via MacRumors)

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