Apple has introduced a game-changer into its upcoming iOS 16 for those who hate CAPTCHAs, in the form of a feature called Automatic Verification. The

A great day for non-robots: iOS 16 will bypass CAPTCHAs

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2022-06-21 16:00:29

Apple has introduced a game-changer into its upcoming iOS 16 for those who hate CAPTCHAs, in the form of a feature called Automatic Verification.

The feature does exactly what its name alludes to: automatically verifies devices and Apple ID accounts without any action from the user. When iOS 16 ships later this year, it will eliminate the frustrating requirement to select all the stops signs in a photo or decipher a string of characters.

The news was mentioned at Apple's 33rd annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) along with the usual slew of features designed to enhance the functionality of iPhones.

In a corresponding developer video, software engineer Tommy Pauly, who works on the networking stack for Apple's client operating systems, cited user experience, privacy and accessibility as reasons to move away from the old school CAPTCHA verification system.

"This kind of tracking is at odds with the direction of internet privacy being taken by Safari, Mail Privacy Protection, and iCloud Private Relay," said Pauly, who noted that someone interacting with a website through an app or browser has already performed actions that are hard for a bot to imitate.

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