iOS 16 Brings Support for Bypassing CAPTCHAs in Apps, Websites

As reported by the folks over at MacRumors, iOS 16 introduces the ability to bypass CAPTCHAs in supported apps and websites, allowing users to skip tapping on images of traffic lights or deciphering text to prove they are human.


The new option is located in the Settings app and can be found under Apple ID > Password & Security > Automatic Verification. Apple says the feature automatically and privately verifies your device and Apple ID account in the background, eliminating the need for apps and websites to present you with a CAPTCHA verification prompt. 

Apple’s system verifies that the device and Apple ID account are in good standing and presents what is called a Private Access Token to the app or website.

This new system will offer a better user experience for tasks such as signing into or creating an account, with improved user privacy and accessibility compared to CAPTCHAs.

Cloudflare and Fastly have already announced support for Private Access Tokens, meaning that the ability to bypass CAPTCHAs could be coming to millions of apps and websites powered by those platforms, and the feature will roll out more widely over time.

The CAPTCHA bypass feature or ‘Automatic Verification’ is enabled by default in the first betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

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