Managing passwords is and always has been a giant pain. It isn’t the best system, but it’s the system we’ve got. Well, not if Apple can do anything about it. Passkeys are a new system that automatically signs you in to online services using your phone’s Face ID (or Touch ID) or your computer’s password. It’s one less thing to remember; it works without fiddling around with a password manager.
Passkeys aren’t an Apple-exclusive feature. You can bet it’ll be supported no matter what you have because all of these companies are part of the FIDO Alliance that created the system… eventually. Apple fully supports it in iOS 16 and Safari 16 for Mac, but Google’s version is still in beta and Microsoft won’t add it to Windows until next year. Until that day comes, you can still use your password to sign in.
Follow along as I show you how it works.