PASSWORDS go the way of the dodos – at least when Apple has its way.
iPhone Owners are encouraged to try a new system that completely replaces passwords.
It was added in recent iOS So first check if you have iOS 16 by going to Settings > General > Software update.
It may sound strange, but passwords are actually a very poor security system.
Cyber security experts have been warning about password failure for years.
Simple passwords are easy to guess – and even complicated ones can be hacked or leaked.
We’re now logging into more apps and services than ever before, and more of our personal lives are now online.
Now Apple has introduced a new tool called Passkeys that replaces passwords.
The big change was announced back in June at Apple’s WWDC 2022.
Instead of signing up (or logging in) to a website with a password, you use a passkey.
This is a digital key that you don’t need to remember.
And you simply authenticate who you are using your fingerprint (Touch ID) or face (Face ID) on an iPhone or Mac.
It’s just as quick to sign up and means you have a login that simply can’t be guessed or leaked.
Your passkeys are stored on your devices but synced across multiple gadgets using Apple’s iCloud Keychain – which already exists to track passwords.
Nobody can read your passkeys, including Apple.
And it means you can’t be tricked into providing a password by phishing — because you don’t have any information to share.
The ultimate plan is to make passkeys work on non-Apple devices as well, including Windows laptops and Android phones.
Both Microsoft and Google have been developing passwordless systems for years.
Devices supported by iOS 16
Unfortunately, many iPhones just can’t be updated to iOS 16.
Here is a list of all devices supported by iOS 16:
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 plus
- iPhone 14 pro
- iPhone 14 pro max
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 pro
- iPhone 13 Pro max
- iphone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 pro
- iPhone 12 pro max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 pro
- iPhone 11 Pro max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or newer)
If you don’t know what iPhone model you have, you can check by going to Settings > General > About and looking at the model name.
And you can see if you can (or already have) get iOS 16 by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
Unfortunately, some iOS 16 features may not work on your device even if you can get the new update. Here is a list of model-dependent iOS 16 features.
iOS 16 update features – new iPhone tricks revealed
Here are some big changes available in iOS 16.
Change #1 – Lock Screen
Apple is completely changing the lock screen, allowing you to customize presets or create your own.
You can also take advantage of Live Activity, a new feature that tracks events in real time.
It can be a workout, sports scores, your cab ride, or a food delivery order—all from the lock screen.
Finally there’s a new design where notifications roll up from the bottom of the display, giving you the best possible view of the lock screen.
Change #2 – Blocking photo albums
In case you haven’t noticed, you can hide iPhone photos – by putting them in a hidden folder.
However, this hidden folder is easy to find (or recover if you hid the folder yourself).
Luckily, iOS 16 protects your hidden and recently deleted folders on iPhone with a password.
That means you have to use Face ID to gain access to them and protect them from snoopers who might be using your iPhone.
Change #3 – Sending and editing iMessages
Your messaging app finally lets you “unsend” iMessages.
This means that if you regret sending the text message, the recipient’s phone will call you back.
And you can even edit text to fix typos or other errors quickly and easily.
Importantly, this feature only works properly if the recipient is also using iOS 16 – so be careful for the first few weeks.
Change #4 – Pin Safari Tabs
If you’re an iPhone power user, you probably have hundreds of Safari tabs open.
This can make it difficult to find the tabs you use most often.
Luckily, iOS 16 lets you pin your favorite tabs in Safari so you never lose track of what matters most again.
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