Apple has signed up as a member to the FIDO Alliance, an organization whose mission is to develop and promote authentication standards for reducing the world’s reliance on passwords.
The news was made public in the form of a photo from a recent FIDO Alliance conference, describing Apple as a new member of the group. However, the tweet was rapidly deleted. Nonetheless, the FIDO website confirms that Apple is a board-level member.
Other tech giant board-level members include the likes of Amazon, Arm, Facebook, Google, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, PayPal, and more. There are also various finance companies such as American Express, Mastercard, Visa, and Wells Fargo.
Apple may have only just joined FIDO, but it’s been working to eliminate passwords for some time. For instance, its use of biometric tech such as Touch ID and Face ID replaces traditional passcodes. Apple recently added support for FIDO2-compliant security keys such as YubiKey to Safari with the iOS 13.3 update.
FIDO has been sharing articles about Apple on its website dating back to 2014. Its most recent, in late 2019, was a story titled “Here’s why Google, Apple and Microsoft think it’s time to kill the password.” It featured FIDO Alliance Executive Director and CMO Andrew Shikiar speaking with CNBC about tech giants working to get rid of passwords.