You may soon be able to unlock your Mac with your iPhone Touch ID

You may soon be able to unlock your Mac with your iPhone Touch ID
Earlier, we saw a leak that showed Siri should be making its way to the Mac OS platform soon, and in the process of thinking through that news we started wondering how Siri might be used to connect someone's iPhone and Mac. Well, it looks like Apple is looking into how those devices can come together in other ways too.

The latest report is that Mac OS X 10.12 might add a new feature that would allow someone to unlock their Mac by using the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on their iOS device. In practice, you'd need to be close to your Mac in order for the functionality to work. You'd likely need to connect your phone to your Mac via Bluetooth in order to confirm that proximity and create the connection, then the Touch ID could be used to unlock your Mac. 

Short of adding a Touch ID sensor to a Mac, this sounds like it would make for the easiest way to securely login to your computer. There are also some hints that eventually there may be options to use an Apple Watch to unlock your Mac as well, but it's unclear if that would be something coming soon or not. 

source: MacRumors

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21 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30715; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Trolls in 3 2 1...

2. kiko007

Posts: 7391; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm shocked they didn't get here sooner honestly.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30715; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They're still on the iPhone 7 articles, give em a sec.

6. Saioofi

Posts: 326; Member since: May 23, 2014

That's because they have nothing to say

8. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Apple fanboy that's you who is the troll. Liar, no credits to you. A techy you say but you are not. Apple fanboy disguised as techy. Hahaha, really. The only non bias guy is NoToFanboys guy and TyrionLanister Tedkord.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30715; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're a proven liar. No credibility.

9. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

This is what trolls do: look for trouble and causing flamewar.

3. TerrellAmerica unregistered

I can already do this will MacID...

4. Unordinary unregistered

Ive been doing this since iPhone 5S lol.

10. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

And with my ip6s+.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30715; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now it's an iPhone 6S Plus? The other day it was a 6S, then a 6Plus, now a 6S Plus. Dude, you're a POS Plus.

16. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Dumbass can't you read? I forgot English is your second language. The 6s is mine the 6s+ is my sisters. The Z2 and M7 is my brothers. We swap around.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30715; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're a proven liar. No credibility. The other day the 6 plus was your sisters. Now it's all of a sudden a 6S Plus that's your sisters. Do us all a favor, get a Note 5, and use the scrapbook feature to catalog all your lies, and simply reference them before you post.

7. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

fingerprint support didn't exist on OSx before this? was sure I've seen it, or this just referring to using your iPhone's fingerprint scanner to unlock remotely?

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30715; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ask 444777, he absolutely hates Apple, yet seems to have all of its products. All of a sudden, he has a Mac.

17. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

I hate the company Apple. I hate the ip6s and my Mac. Because on my mac you can't upgrade the Ram to 12Mb from 8mb. It really sucks. You have to buy the 12mb Ram version. Another way Apple rips us off. No other laptop is designed this way, where you can't upgrade Ram. Ip6s is missing 1080p and 3gb Ram. Which I'm really butthurt and bumped. I demand and we deserve this for its asking price. I have every rights to kick off.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30715; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're a proven liar. No credibility.

21. IcemanKimi

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

12 MB RAM? Wow, you live in a so different world. And is it that hard for you to spend an additional $200 while purchasing the Mac to get a 16 GB RAM ?(16 MB in your world). It's an expensive purchase and you'd never go wrong in spending the extra money for the minor upgrade.

11. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

I think that this already exists but I am not totally sure how useful this would be. I can see this being useful for an iMac where your walking up to it and you hit your Touch ID as your sitting down. However, if I'm walkin into the coffee shop or into the library or even a friends house and I pull out my Macbook Pro (hypothetical situation because I have a Windows POS) I think it would be more efficient to just type in my password then it would be to pull out my iPhone 6 (hypothetical again because I prefer android) and hit my Touch ID. IF I used a super long password, then it would be more practical to unlock via Touch ID but if not I am not sure. Maybe people like the fingerprint option but this is just my opinion.

15. TBomb

Posts: 1036; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Well I guess you could be unlocking it for your child when you're not home... but that means your child isn't mature enough to use a computer on their own and they should have an adult at home with them anyways. I guess we'll have to see how useful it is when they demonstrate it

20. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Now that would be a cool feauture!

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