Everyone complains about CAPTCHA.
And pretty soon, the mini quiz you take when signing in to accounts online could be a thing of the past.
According to TechCrunch, a new feature coming to Apple’s upcoming iOS 16 and macOS Ventura will allow you to bypass CAPTCHAs.
During the Worldwide Developer Conference, the tech giant explained many of the issues with these types of verification tools.
They’re often inaccurate, difficult, and occasionally contain malicious code aimed at tracking user data.
To say nothing of the accessibility issues.
TechCrunch quotes the description of the new feature on iOS:
“Bypass CAPTCHAs in apps and on the web by allowing iCloud to automatically and privately verify your device and account.”
Essentially, Apple’s new feature works like an encrypted key.
When a website requests a “Private Access Token,” Apple will send them an already verified response.
Since the Private Token doesn’t collect user information, such as an IP address, the exchange is significantly more secure.
The extremely complicated process is also difficult for bots to replicate.
How did CAPTCHA even become a thing?
CAPTCHA was originally developed in the early 2000’s to separate human internet users with non-human ones.
Standing for “Completely Automated Public Turing Test,” they’ve received criticism since their inception over accessibility.
In a study for World Wide Web Consortium, researchers argued:
“Asking users who are blind, visually impaired or dyslexic to identify textual characters in a distorted graphic is asking them to perform a task they are intrinsically least able to accomplish.”
They also point out the prevalence of English-based words and characters, adding another barrier for non-English users.
With Apple’s iOS 16 update, it’s possible we could see the end of these kinds of tests.
So you’ll see fewer bicycles, traffic lights, squiggly words, and pixelated numbers.
Once the update goes through, you can find the Automatic Verification tool under Password & Security in your phone’s Apple ID Settings.