Apple's iOS 16 will give you an alternative to irritating CAPTCHA tests

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iPhone and Mac owners could soon bid farewell to online CAPTCHA challenges that aim to test whether you’re a human. 

Instead, they’ll get ‘Private Access Tokens’. 

Apple WWDC

It looks like Apple will be the first to roll out the new technology, which is included in the first betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, as enabled by default according to Mac Rumors. Apple detailed the technology at WWDC 2022 earlier this month along with Cloudflare

SEE: Every iOS 16 feature that’s coming to iPhones

Private Access Tokens (PATs) are coming to iOS 16 and macOS Ventura with the promise of reducing the need for CAPTCHAs: iOS 16 is currently in beta and will release later this year.

Google and many other companies uses CAPTCHAs, or the “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”, as a challenge-response authentication to prevent bots from signing up to new accounts or accessing services. 

It’s a useful service for helping to stop fake access requests, but spotting an object in grainy images can still be frustrating and inconvenient when signing up to a service.  

As Apple highlighted at WWDC, CAPTCHAs can also pose a privacy risk. To reduce the complexity

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