Apple has officially announced that it will put an end to standard passwords. When iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma are released all supported devices will automatically be granted support for Passkey authentication.
Users with Apple IDs will be able to use Passkey to sign in to all Apple services and products. As per the company, Apple IDs would automatically be granted passkeys for sign-in authentication without passwords starting with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma. This implies that all compatible devices will have Passkey functionality for sign-in authentication once the rollout begins later this year.
In order to sign in to an Apple website, users won’t need to enter their Apple ID and password. Rather individuals can easily get access using a PIN code, face or fingerprint scan. This feature was announced at this year’s WWDC23 and is presently available in beta form for developers to test. Those who are operating beta versions of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma may also try out passkey on iCloud.com and appleid.apple.com.
What is passkey and how does this work?
Pass Key is a passwordless sign-in that lets you access the web and services using on-device authentication features like, fingerprint, face unlock and PIN codes to confirm user identification for account sign-in activities. Two separate keys are generated when you create a passkey using WebAuthn. One of which is by the website or service to log in and the other is a private key that is kept on the device. So in case of theft or damage the passkey may function on a variety of devices, so you might have a backup.
Passkey is compatible with a wide range of browsers and operating systems therefore it can be used for both web and mobile apps. In this manner, you may sign in to Gmail, PayPal, or iCloud by simply turning on Face ID on your iPhone. In the same way, the fingerprint reader allows you to sign-in on your Android phone, or Windows Hello on a PC.
Users running beta versions of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma can test it on iCloud.com and appleid.apple.com starting today. This will be available for all supported devices with the releases of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma later this year
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