If you come across a captcha that prevented you from logging into your email or another website, iOS 16 can do that for you with some additional code for servers that host websites and apps.
If you’re not familiar, captchas are small pop-ups that appear when you log into a website. He may ask you once or twice to select six boats from nine photos and if you pass you will be allowed to log into your account. But this has bothered many people over the years, mainly because it is an overly complex issue that is seen as overkill to verify an account.
according to one developer video (opens in new tab) from Apple, iOS 16 is getting another little feature that can get rid of those frustrations on your iPhone. It also makes a big impact for those with accessibility needs, as this feature will allow them to log into their account without having to solve a puzzle if they are hearing or visually impaired.
Apple is releasing Private Access Tokens for this feature, which will be sent to the website’s server as a form of authentication, telling the website that the user has passed a security check thanks to iCloud. While you can enable this by going to Settings > AppleID > Privacy & Security > Auto Scan, Apple hasn’t confirmed if this will make it to macOS Ventura.
Analysis: One useful little feature at a time
Captchas are part of a legacy that needs to disappear forever on the internet. Other examples, like solving a math problem or putting a monkey’s arm in the right way, are other ridiculous security methods that make no sense to anyone.
Take banking apps, for example. For some purchases, you will need to log in to your banking app to approve a payment, then return to the relevant shopping app or website to complete the order. There is no captcha and it just uses your face or finger (or PIN) to authenticate the purchase.
This is Apple’s take on what banking apps are already doing and it’s a step in the right direction. However, what can make this a problem for users is that the code can be applied to a server hosting multiple websites, such as Cloudflare and Fastly. This means that adding this feature could apply to all the websites that a server hosts at once, accelerating the decline of captchas.
Again, this is another little feature in iOS 16 that will make a big difference to many, especially those with visual impairments, and it makes us wonder what else could be coming from Apple to get rid of more irritants we find on the net.