Apple's iOS 9 to ditch 4-digit passcodes, introduces 6-digit alphanumeric ones


iOS 9 is already official and got previewed on stage at the WWDC opening event. We've already rounded up the more major new features of the upcoming iteration of the platform, but other, minor ones are surfacing as we speak.

One of the more notable ones is oriented towards security. See, up until now, iOS required you to create a 4-digit passcode, but it seems that iOS 9 will be a bit more secure, as it requires users to create a longer, 6-character passcode. This is generally making the possible passcode combinations from roughly 10,000 to approximately a million. Still, the option to use an old-school 4-digit passcode 

That's not all, mind you - the passcode can now consist of both letters and digits. This alphanumeric combination paves the way towards stronger and harder to guess passcodes. Certainly that is a pretty big leap in terms of security

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23 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can only help increase security. Ios 9 is shaping up to be great, thanx to android.

3. gaming64 unregistered

Yep. I agree with you. Apple still thinks they are still in 2010. They better start breing something new now.

7. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You are so..correct, is about time.

11. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Competition is always good for us consumers :) But the high level ifans gonna be like "Android should disappear!"

18. waddup121 unregistered

"You're very welcome" Android.

2. gaming64 unregistered

Well there goes my favorite security feature from Apple.

9. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Right? They could've at least kept the old feature around. Although, I feel like if I had an iOS device I would use TouchID anyways.

4. AME85

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

Why limit to 6 ? I mean if they FINALLY decided to update, they should make it as flexible as possible and why no characters? :o

5. gaming64 unregistered

Yes you can make the password more complicated by disabling Simple Password on the password menu. And what do you mean no characters. That's a security feature in almost every password.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A little less convenient, but if used correctly more secure. Good move.

8. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

6 digits instead of 4! Revolutionary! Seriously thou, I wonder if Apple is actually giving people the option to pick 6 or 4 digits or just forcing everyone to switch to 6 digits. Probably the latter knowing Apple.

10. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

You will have 6-digit simple code or custom one of any lenght. The increase of simple password from 4 to 6 relates to only devices with Touch ID, where pasword doesn't really matter. If you have touch ID, you will get a pasword that is 100 times harder to crack by brutal force and you only have to remember 2 more digits.

12. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

And you definitely don't know Apple. If you would, you couldn't hate.

17. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Haha nice one. The reason I hate is because I know Apple and all their underhanded methods of trying to get rid of Android and at the same time steal from it.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You definitely don't know Apple. If you did, you would hate them with a passion. They are basically a cult but somewhat politically correct with their disgusting practices.

13. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

In the article, it says "Still, the option to use an old-school 4 digit passcode." There is even a picture to prove that you can still use a 4 digit passcode if you don't like using a 6 digit one.....

15. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Then the content contradicts the title. Also, it looks as if that is an unfinished thought, as there isn't even a period. Maybe the article is being edited as more information is uncovered?

16. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Yeah, that makes no sense. In the title, it says that Apple is getting rid of the 4 digit passcode, but the article and picture says otherwise.

14. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

lol stop losing phones or leaving them in your car to be stolen iDIOTS. So glad we have so many options with Android. But, THAT is the big difference isn't it? OPTIONS

20. Jaslath

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

" See, up until now, iOS required you to create a 4-digit passcode," Um, I'm on iOS 8.1.3 and I can already turn simple code off on my 5s. I use a 5 digit code to unlock my phone. Might want to change this line.

21. Tizo101

Posts: 524; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I don't understand... isn't this a feature of every phone? or maybe it's just me (who doesn't know about apple). This is a disgrace in 2015. I would assume ios passed through this feature to get to finger print scanner.

22. Tizo101

Posts: 524; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I don't understand... isn't this a feature of every phone? or maybe it's just me (who doesn't know about apple). This is a disgrace in 2015. I would assume ios passed through this feature to get to finger print scanner.

23. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

6 is the new max? Lulz.

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