What are the new iOS16 Passkeys

With the release of iOS 16 on the horizon, Apple is said to be incorporating support for Passkeys, a new and more secure authentication mechanism. These are said to be more secure than regular passwords and to speed up the whole procedure.

Users using iOS 16 will need to set up two-factor authentication (2FA) before they may utilize Passkeys. According to 9to5Mac, Apple verified that more than 95% of total active iCloud customers had two-factor authentication activated.

But, before we get into iOS 16 and Passkeys, it’s important to understand what Passkeys are and how they operate.


Passkey, also known as FIDO authentication and developed collaboratively by Microsoft, Apple, and Google, is a secure authentication method that removes the need for password input and memorization. Passkeys basically substitute your old password with a unique digital key that is related to your account. The key is kept on the device and is encrypted from end to end. For further security, the technique employs public key cryptography.

Passkeys, according to Apple, never leave the device and are unique to the site for which they were created. It also says that phishing these Passkeys is impossible, which is a regular problem with passwords. The Passkeys will be synced throughout the iCloud Keychain.

How Apple intends to implement Passkeys

Apple unveiled Passkeys in iOS 16 earlier this year at the WWDC in June. Unlike the FIDO Standard, which requires users to check in to every website and app before enabling password login, Passkeys works by removing that step and allowing users to connect instantly.

Passkeys will eventually support Touch ID and Face ID, according to the business. Passkeys will allow end-to-end encryption for all passwords saved on iCloud.

Because Passkeys adhere to the FIDO Standard, they may also be used on non-Apple devices. Third-party devices will create a QR code, which you may read and scan with your iOS smartphone to log in. Face ID or Touch ID will confirm that you are the one signing in, followed by a permission prompt on the other device asking whether you wish to refuse or authorize the request.

One thing to keep in mind is that you may not be able to utilize Passkeys on all apps immediately after the iOS 16 release since developers must add support and update their apps. However, with the majority of users currently utilizing two-factor authentication, iOS users may be able to make the move to a passwordless future sooner.

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