Apple has made a huge announcement with its decision to make Touch ID now available for use with third-party apps.
The big news was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this year, as part of the introduction of iOS 8 and the new features it brings. Touch ID was first see in the iPhone 5s and serves as the security suite that allows you to unlock your phone and make app purchases using your fingerprint. An announcement by Craig Federighi, senior vice president of engineering in Apple, stated that Touch ID authentication will be made available for third-party apps on the upcoming iterations of iPhone and iPads as an added layer of security.
The introduction of added security via Touch ID is a great addition to secure apps holding sensitive information such as Mint, the financial management app. The Touch ID will be used in addition to the traditional password input system, thus serving as an extra level of security instead of an autonomous one.
All in all, Apple is taking the right step in expanding the use of Touch ID instead of just a simple phone unlocking tool. At the same time, users will be more confident in storing their private data on the Apple devices thanks to this move.