By Jason D. O’Grady for The Apple Core |
At WWDC14 Apple announced that it was opening up Touch ID to all developers.AgileBits, developer popular password vault 1Password, has demonstrated several promising new applications of the biometric fingerprint sensor built into the home button on the iPhone 5s.
In a blog post and accompanying video, AgileBits shows how Touch ID can be used to:
- unlock the 1Password app (replacing the master password)
- enter passwords in Safari (via the 1Password browser extension), and
- enter login credentials into third-party iOS apps (via the 1Password app extension)
Make no mistake about it, this is revolutionary. These three features alone make Touch ID a viable and powerful security technology, a generation ahead of the anemic unlock code and App Store purchases that Touch ID is limited to today.
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