5 March 2024

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Apple to add support for Passkey authentication to each Apple ID

Apple stated on Wednesday that customers with Apple IDs will be automatically granted passkeys for sign-in authentication without passwords beginning with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma. It simply means that Apple ID users will be able to use passkey authentication to check in to any Apple service and online pages.

Passkey functionality for sign-in authentication will be added to all supported devices later this year with the release of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma. These platforms, which were announced at WWDC23, are now in beta versions for developers to test. Passkey functionality has been enabled in beta versions as well, and anyone running beta versions of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma can test it on iCloud.com and appleid.apple.com beginning today.

What is a Passkey

Passkey is intended to enable a password-free future for web and service sign-in. It authenticates user identity for account sign-in activity utilising on-device biometric technology such as a fingerprint scanner or facial recognition, as well as a PIN. Passkey is based on industry standards and may be used for both websites and apps. It is compatible with many operating systems and browser ecosystems.

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Passkeys, which are based on FIDO Alliance and W3C standards, replace passwords with cryptographic key pairs. These key pairs strengthen security. Because passkey is connected to the app or website for which it was established, it cannot be used to sign in to a fraudulent app or website.

Passkey employs AutoFill as well as Face ID or Touch ID for biometric authentication. It can be used in conjunction with passwords.

How do Passkeys work with Apple ID

Passkeys use public key cryptography to compare a private key stored on a device to a public key delivered to a web server. As a result, when a user signs in to an account, the app or website’s public key validates their private key. It essentially means that passkeys are encrypted from beginning to end.