Safari adds shared Tab Groups and passwordless sign-ins
At the ongoing WWDC 2022 event, Apple announced some new updates to Safari, which the company claims is “the world’s fastest and most power-efficient browser on the Mac.” First up, Safari has a new Shared Tab Group feature that will allow you to share tabs with friends, family, or colleagues. In addition, Safari is also taking a big step forward to replace passwords by adopting the new passwordless standard created by the FIDO Alliance.
Passkeys is a next-gen credential to replace passwords. They use powerful cryptographic techniques and biometric methods built into your device — Face ID or Touch ID — to create unique login credentials. Unlike passwords, which are stored on a web server, passkeys stay on your device, so they can’t be phished or stolen.
“Designed to replace passwords, passkeys use Touch ID or Face ID for biometric verification, and iCloud Keychain to sync across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV with end-to-end encryption. They will also work across apps and the web, and users can sign in to websites or an app on non-Apple devices using just their iPhone,” Apple wrote in a press release.
Passkeys will sync across your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV and be end-to-end encrypted. In addition, passkeys will work seamlessly across platforms, apps, and the web. Users will also be able to sign in to a website on a Windows laptop or Chromebook by using their iPhone. Notably, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge have also committed to adding support for the passwordless FIDO Alliance standard.
New Safari features will be made available as part of macOS Ventura, which is currently limited to developers. End users will be able to get their new hands on the new features in July via the public beta program.
WWDC 2022 also saw the launch of iOS 16, iPad OS 16, the new MacBook Air with the Apple M2 silicon, and more.