Apple noted that devices won’t share sensitive data linked to your account (such as the email address or phone number). The company also won’t know who’s making the verification request, so it can’t tie these checks to specific providers. The token system is billed as more respectful of privacy, as it doesn’t track your IP address. It could also improve accessibility by making CAPTCHA-verified sites usable by more people with disabilities.
iOS 16 may be able to assist you bypass the CAPTCHA anti-bot technologies that prevent you from signing in to some websites. Apple used WWDC 2022 to show off a Private Access Token system in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura that eliminates CAPTCHAs entirely for some apps and websites, according to MacRumors. When you enable the Automatic Verification function, supporting sites will use iCloud to validate both your Apple ID and your device, presenting you with a token that proves your reliability. To prove that you’re human, you might not need to type in cryptic text or tap pictures of traffic lights.
Importantly, the technology could easily see widespread adoption that might extend beyond Apple hardware. Cloudflare and Fastly have already unveiled plans to support the token approach, potentially bringing it to millions of websites. Also, Apple worked with those companies and Google to make Private Access Tokens an open standard. While there’s no direct Android equivalent yet, the technology seen in iOS 16 hints at a future where few people need to manually complete CAPTCHAs.