Sick of having to guess letters or click on pedestrian crossings to train AI’s to better recognize real world settings?
With iOS 16, Apple is making a huge move to eliminate the need for CAPTCHAs.
While CAPTCHAs are tools with two functions – to prove to a website or service that you’re human and not bot traffic and to help train AIs (like self-driving algorithms) to better recognize what they’re looking at in the real world – they are increasingly annoying for users.
Now, with iOS 16, Apple will launch a feature called Private Access Tokens. With it, some details about your Apple ID and your device will be sent to the websites you visit to prove you’re a real, human user and not a bot – therefore eliminating the need for CAPTCHAs.
At WWDC 2022, Apple held a session called “replaced CAPTCHAs with Private Access Token”, explaining that:
“Private Access Tokens are a powerful alternative that help you identify HTTP requests from legitimate devices and people without compromising their identity or personal information. We’ll show you how your app and server can take advantage of this tool to add confidence to your online transactions and preserve privacy.”
According to 9to5Mac, your privacy will indeed be boosted, because the servers that receive tokens can only check that they are valid, but they cannot discover client identities or recognize clients over time.”