There are a slew of noteworthy new features in iOS 16, Apple’s next upgrade for the iPhone operating system. However, there are a few less obvious improvements included as well.
MacRumors has uncovered an intriguing new feature that will allow iPhone users to skip CAPTCHAs by authenticating the device in the background. This is an intriguing new feature.
You may not have heard of CAPTCHAs, which are those vexing verification puzzles that require you to verify that you are not a robot. A sample of text is occasionally required; other times, you’re told to select “every photo, including a boat” or “every photo with traffic lights.” Websites and apps can employ this strategy to prevent botnets from creating thousands of bogus accounts or making fraudulent purchases, because only humans have the pattern-recognition skills necessary to pass the test.
CAPTCHAs, as Apple says in a video introducing the new functionality, have a variety of drawbacks. Because they include IP tracking, they may pose a privacy risk; the user experience may be negatively affected; and some human users may be completely excluded, notably those with disabilities or linguistic challenges. It is extremely difficult to set a criterion high enough to exclude all bots and high enough to include all humans, considering the wide range of accessibility concerns among humans and the ever-evolving capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI).
Using the user’s Apple ID account activity, typed passwords, biometric login activity, and so on, iOS 16 will complete the verification job itself in the background, removing the need for CAPTCHAs and then sharing a Private Access Token with the app or website to confirm that everything is real. This should make the procedure far less onerous for the user, which will assist the website or app in avoiding driving away potential users and customers.
Of course, none of this has been scientifically confirmed as of the writing of this paragraph. Site owners and app developers must follow Apple’s method to some degree, and we must see how criminals try to hack the same mechanism. But at the absolute least, this is an interesting idea that could make the internet a lot less frustrating.
The developer beta for iOS 16 is currently available. A public rollout is expected to take place sometime in September.