Every now and then, anyone who uses the Internet has to identify themselves as human to a computer and solve these rather annoying Captchas. iPhone users will be spared from this in the future, because in iOS 16 Apple will do the job in the background.
Just want to read an article or do a search on a website? But first you have to convince this stupid computer to be a human. For this purpose, it is necessary to enter illegible combinations of letters and numbers or to mark all zebra crossings, ships or traffic lights on pictures. Captchas are annoying and are still necessary today. Apple sees this differently and is presenting an alternative solution within iOS 16 (source: 9to5Mac).
Relief for iPhone users: iOS 16 has something against Captchas
This is how captchas can be bypassed in iOS 16, provided the option is active within the settings. If automatic verification is selected, iCloud takes over the task in the background. The exact technical process is a bit complicated and is explained by Apple in a video aimed at developers. To put it simply, the system verifies that the device and the linked Apple ID account are in order and gives the app or website in question a so-called “private access token”. Apple says (translated):
Private Access Tokens are a powerful alternative that helps you identify HTTP requests from legitimate devices and people without compromising their identities or personal information.
However, this also means that the technology must be actively supported and integrated by cloud and web server services. Well-known service providers such as Cloudflare and Fastly have already announced this, and other providers will follow.
With the upcoming system updates, even more features will be introduced:
Also for the Mac
Not only users of iPhones or iPads will benefit from this, Mac users will also no longer have to solve captchas in the future. According to Apple, the technology is also used within macOS Ventura.
Currently iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura are still in development and only paid developers have access. The free beta test for the public will start in July. In the fall, the work will be completed and the system updates will be released to the general public.