Yesterday, Apple released iOS 8 to the world. The OS includes a number of new features, including customized keyboards, new cloud storage options and a new Health-tracking app and much more.
Several of the new features in iOS 8 focus on expanding the abilities of third-party apps. For example, developers can now use the Touch ID fingerprint sensor included in the iPhone 5s and the new iPhone 6 models to authenticate users.
A number of apps have taken advantage of this new ability, allowing users to bypass passwords once they've authenticated their user account. Here are some other apps that have adopted Touch ID:
- 1Password: The popular password management app now allows users to access their stored passwords via Touch ID.
- LastPass: This is another password management app that uses Touch ID to secure the app's password vault.
- Discover Mobile: This app for the Discover credit card now allows Touch ID login.
- Mint: This money management app allows users to log in with Touch ID rather than their password.
- Day One: This app allows users to lock their journals with Touch ID rather than a passcode.
- eHarmony: The dating service app uses Touch ID in lieu of user logins.
- Evernote: This app allows premium users to use Touch ID instead of a passcode when securing their accounts.
- Scanner Pro: The scanning app allows users to protect their scanned documents with Touch ID.
- YPlan: This event discovery app uses Touch ID for purchase authorization.
In my brief testing, the Touch ID authentication is phenomenal, and I sorely miss it in apps that don't yet support it, like apps for my banks or other credit cards, Gmail, and Facebook.
I suspect Touch ID will come to the iPad and iPad mini in October, and I hope it can one day make its way to the Mac as well. Easy-to-use biometric authentication has the potential to save tons of time over the course of a year, not to mention making it easier to use more secure passwords because users won't need to remember them all.
Have you tried Touch ID in third-party apps? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.
Jordan Golson is an Apple Columnist for TechRepublic. He also writes about technology and automobiles for WIRED and MacRumors. He has worked for Apple Retail twice and has been writing about technology since 2007.