Apple publishes additional information on support of passkeys

Apple continues pushing passkey technology through its Developer portal. This time Apple provided:

Recently Google started supporting passkeys, making passwordless sign in process more mainstream.

New documentation portal for WebKit is available

WebKit team announces new documentation resource for developers.

New resource provides information on WebKit internals, its subsystems, security aspects and many more.

New portal provides following features:

  • Built-in search helps you quickly locate articles.
  • Documentation can be read offline and online.
  • Documents are authored in Markdown, allowing members to easily contribute. 
  • Theming matches your system appearance (Light/Dark mode).
  • Documentation is hosted on GitHub, allowing developers to submit PRs to make edits and review changes.

WebKit: Documentation

WebKit Blog: Introducing WebKit Documentation

Google Accounts now support passkeys

Google now supports passkeys allowing passwordless experience. Also, when using passkey you don't need to use 2FA to sign in to your account.

Passkeys created on Apple devices are synced through iCloud Keychain, making it easier to sign in from any device.

As per 9to5Mac, for passkeys to work, user should be using:

  • Google: Chrome 109+, Android 9+, ChromeOS 109+
  • Apple: Safari 16+, iOS 16, macOS Ventura
  • Microsoft: Edge 109+, Windows 10/11

In order to set up passkey for your account, follow this link.

Google Blog: The beginning of the end of the password

Apple Developer: Passkeys


Safari retakes second place in most popular desktop browsers

Apple Safari is now second most popular desktop browser.

Statcounter reports (at the moment this post was created):

  • Google Chrome – 66.13%
  • Apple Safari – 11.87%
  • Microsoft Edge – 11%
  • Mozilla Firefox – 5.65%
  • Opera – 3.09%
  • Microsoft IE – 0.55%

Statcounter: Desktop Browser Market Share Worldwide


Weekend good reads for Apple developers #2023/12

Weekend is here, so is another list of great reads.

And that is it for today. See you next week!

New round of beta for Apple platforms has started

Apple publishes first beta for iOS/iPadOS 16.4, macOS Ventura 13.3, watchOS 9.4, tvOS 16.4. This time operating systems are accompanied by Xcode 14.3 beta.

Developers will now be able to enable developer beta from Software Update on iPhones and iPads.

Apart from that new beta versions add support for more emojis.

iOS 16.4 brings support for Web Push to Apple's mobile devices.

A web app that has been added to the Home Screen can request permission to receive push notifications as long as that request is in response to direct user interaction -- such as tapping on a 'subscribe' button provided by the web app. iOS or iPadOS will prompt the user to give the web app permission to send notifications. The user can then manage those permissions per web app in Notifications Settings -- just like any other app on iPhone and iPad.

WebKit team

Also this beta works on Matter support for Apple platforms including Apple TV.

Beta download: Operating Systems

Release notes:

WebKit Blog: Web Push for Web Apps on iOS and iPadOS


Weekend good reads for Apple developers, issue #50

Wow! It's 50th episode here. Let's get something interesting for today's good reads.

Big list for this week. And, as always, more to come next time!