Apple’s iMessage Contact Key Verification Expected in iOS 16.6

The anticipated iMessage Contact Key Verification feature may soon be available with the release of iOS 16.6, as suggested by the latest iOS beta

The anticipated iMessage Contact Key Verification feature may soon be available with the release of iOS 16.6, as suggested by the latest iOS beta. Apple had previously announced this tool to enhance conversation security for individuals facing “extraordinary digital threats,” with a projected launch in 2023. With WWDC 2023 just around the corner, the arrival of iMessage Contact Key Verification appears imminent.

According to reports from MacRumors, the initial rollout of the iOS 16.6 beta includes indications of iMessage Contact Key Verification within the Settings app. However, enabling the feature does not currently activate its functionality. It is speculated that Apple is still in the process of fully implementing iMessage Contact Key Verification, leading to its incomplete activation in the beta release.

Once fully functional, iMessage Contact Key Verification will automatically alert users if Apple detects the addition of a suspicious device to their account, provided that all participants in an iMessage conversation have enabled the feature. This safeguard is particularly designed to protect individuals such as activists, government officials, and journalists from targeted attacks by state-sponsored hackers. Notably, iMessage Contact Key Verification is expected to be one of the final additions to iOS 16 before Apple shifts its focus to iOS 17.

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