By Joe Rossignol
WhatsApp plans to add passkey support to its iPhone app, according to code discovered by software researcher @aaronp613 in the latest beta version of the app.
Password support will allow iPhone users to log into WhatsApp using Face ID, Touch ID, or the device's passcode. Access keys are stored in iCloud Keychain. To use passkeys on iPhone, your device must be updated to iOS 16 or later.
“Passkeys are more secure than passwords because they are uniquely generated for each account on your device and are less vulnerable for phishing,” says Apple. “And they work on all your devices signed in with the same Apple ID.”
It's unclear when WhatsApp plans to make this feature generally available, but password support for Android began earlier this month.
Many apps are starting to implement password support, including Amazon last week.
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