With iOS 16, Apple makes it possible to bypass the CAPTCHA screen of apps and websites
As The Verge writes, citing MacRumors, after installing iOS 16 on your iPhone, you will likely encounter the CAPTCHA security system less often. Apparently, Apple has developed a new feature for iPhone and Mac called Automatic Verification, which makes sites know that you are not a robot. Websites use CAPTCHA in order to understand whether the user is a human or a web robot.
Apple is said to have two content delivery networks, Fastly and Cloudflare. has collaborated to develop the Automatic Verification system. After the general release of iOS 16 and macOS Ventura operating systems, websites using Fastly or Cloudflare will use Apple’s new system to avoid showing the CAPTCHA screen to the user.
This will be especially useful for those who have a VPN or clear their browser cookies from time to time.
How Apple’s Automatic Verification System works
Apple says it has developed Automatic Verification using a special system called Private Access Token. This new feature somewhat reminds us of the system in iOS 15 that was designed to replace the password.
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In simple terms, this is how Apple’s system works: your device uses several factors. It examines whether you are a human or a robot. When you enter a website that normally greets you with a CAPTCHA screen, that website asks your phone or computer if a human is using the device. If your device responds positively, you can enter the website without having to go through the CAPTCHA screen. If you’re looking for more details about the new feature, you can check out the Session View held at WWDC.
The Cupertino company says using an Apple ID shows you’re human. According to Apple, iPhones and Macs do not provide websites with information such as email addresses or mobile numbers that are associated with an Apple ID. In fact, what the website receives from the device is simply the answer to the question: “Is the user a human or a robot?”
Apple is not the only company working on such a feature. According to Fastly, Google has also helped in the development of this technology. About two years ago, Google used a relatively similar system in the Chrome browser, which has a more limited function.