Apple Joins the FIDO Alliance
Apple has now also joined the Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO) founded in 2012, whose goal is to simplify authentication on the Internet and establish password-free login with open standards. The programming interface WebAuthn, which was co-developed by the alliance, enables logon using public key cryptography with certified security keys.
It is not known why the company did not follow the example of Intel, Google or Microsoft much earlier and only now made this decision. The manufacturer of iPhone and iPad with Touch ID and Face ID offers security technologies that meet the requirements and goals of the FIDO Alliance. In addition, Apple's newer mobile devices have a trustworthy area in an integrated security chip that allows the use as a security key according to the FIDO standard.
Due to the full membership in the FIDO Alliance, Apple now has significantly more possibilities to influence and promote the further development.
Source: ZDNet (German language)