Little by little, are we heading towards a world almost without passwords? Currently, we can already unlock our smartphones with biometric sensors, such as fingerprint scanners or facial recognition. Many mobile applications also support these biometric sensors. And currently, a FIDO 2 standard technology, WebAuthn, also allows you to connect to websites via fingerprint scanners or facial recognition, instead of using a password. But for this idea of a password-free web to become a reality, the technology must be supported by devices, browsers, and websites.
Apple adopts WebAuthn on Safari, bad news for passwords
And the good news is that Apple in turn announces support for WebAuthn on its Safari browser. This new feature will be available on iOS 14 and on macOS Big Sur, which will be deployed before the end of the year. The announcement was made by Apple in a video of its WWDC virtual conference, during which the Cupertino company presents the new software that will land on its ecosystem.
As a reminder, Google already supports WebAuthn technology, as well as Microsoft (with Windows 10). But the fact that Apple in turn decides to support this technology should give a huge boost to its uptake by users and by websites (which must support WebAuthn on their websites).
Otherwise, it will be noted that at the end of 2019, Apple had already taken an important step by supporting the physical security keys (USB, NFC and Lightning) on iOS 13.3.
As a reminder, among the new features announced by Apple during the WWDC keynote, there are the new features iOS 14, ofiPadOS 14 and of macOS Big Sur, as well as the firm’s plan to do the transition from Intel processors to its own Arm-based processors for Macs. Apple also announced improvements for AirPods Pro headphones.