iOS 16 will allow you to bypass CAPTCHA in some apps and websites

When iOS 16 comes out later this fall, you may notice that you don’t have to deal with such annoying CAPTCHAs that ask you to drag a piece of a puzzle or distinguish between a hill and a mountain. This is because Apple is introducing a feature for its iPhone and Mac called Auto Check that lets some sites know you’re not a bot without actually having to do anything (through MacRumors).

Apple is working with two major content delivery networks, Fastly and Cloudflare, to develop the system. When it starts with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, sites that use one of the anti-spam services should be able to take advantage of the system and stop showing you so many CAPTCHA. If you are careful how many sites are downloaded when either Fastly or Cloudflare they start having problemsyou will know that a solid part of the Internet that can become significantly less annoying (especially for those who see CAPTCHA more often than average because they use a VPN or clear their cookies often).

Basic diagram of how the Apple system works.
Image: Apple

While this is far from the first attempt to abandon CAPTCHA, Apple’s scale means we can really see progress this time. The basic system, which Apple calls private access tokens, vaguely resembles hers password change system. Here’s a very simple idea of ​​how it works: your device looks at various factors to determine if you’re human. When you go to a website that would normally ask you to fill out a CAPTCHA, that site may ask your phone or computer if someone is using it. If your device says yes, you will be forgotten to switch.

If you want to dive into the details of the technology, you can watch Apple’s WWDC session on itRead Apple Insiderexplainerand check Fastly’s article for that.

As with most of the new technologies it offers, Apple has a privacy history to agree with. The company says that while your Apple ID is used as proof that you are a real person, your phone or computer does not send data (such as your email address or phone number) that is associated with it. The only thing the site gets is what is essentially a thumbs up from Apple. In the same way, Apple only knows that your device wants to confirm that you are human; does not receive information about who wants to know.

Fortunately for Android and Windows users, Apple is not the only one working on this technology. According to Fastly, Google also helped develop it, and the concept of ensuring a trusted party that you are a person is built into Internet standards. Google started building a a similar system in Chrome around two years ago and while it seems to focus primarily on third-party issuers instead of doing verification itself, I can definitely see it making a system similar to Apple’s for its users in the future.

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