WWDC 2014: With TouchID access to third-party apps in iOS 8, Apple looks to kill passwords

After Apple launched TouchID last year, the logical conclusion was that it would one day replace passwords. That day is here. Well, almost.


Apple launched TouchID to get people used to the idea of using fingerprints to sign in. It made things a lot simpler, but it was limited. Rightfully so, with privacy concerns coming right off the bat. So now a year down the road, Apple seems to have worked out the chinks in TouchID's armour, before opening it up to third-party apps in iOS 8.


The Verge says Apple Engineering SVP Craig Federighi announced on stage that third-party apps will be able to use Touch ID to authenticate users with the new iOS on iPhones and iPads. This also indicates that the next-gen iPads will have TouchID sensors. At the moment, it looks like you can't entirely ditch your passwords, but can certainly use your fingerprint as an extra level of security, sort of like a second step in authentication.It's not the whole hog, but a step forward.


Apple said that developers of the apps won't have direct access to any fingerprint or biometric data even if they have signed up for TouchID. won't get direct access to your fingerprint data even if their apps utilize Touch ID.

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