Even though Apple already presented their biggest updates to its major software platforms in its keynote, the WWDC conference is still continuing throughout the week. We are still getting new software features trickling in from the various presentations. We’ll be getting a major enhancement in Safari 14 (detailed in this video) that will allow websites that are password protected to implement login with Face ID or Touch ID.
It could be a major convenience for users that will now be able to bypass the entering of usernames and passwords for secured websites through Safari. No more trying to remember dozens of different passwords or the need to use password managers.
It is a clever addition to Safari, which Apple will undoubtedly use to try and lure more iPhone users away from Chrome, which is still the mobile browser of choice for most. Of course, this feature already exists in apps on iOS, whether that means for logins or making purchases.
According to Apple, the Face ID and Touch ID login option can replace both entering a password and a two-factor authentication pin. The presentation mentions that this is because this Face ID or Touch ID data is combined with data from the iPhone’s Secure Enclave, making this a multi-factor authentication in a single step in and of itself.
In the presentation Apple explain the steps developers need to take in order to take advantage of this new feature. In essence it is a simple process where the website owners need to implement the feature through Apple’s new Web Authentication API.
This feature will launch with Safari 14, which in turn will launch with iOS 14 right before the 2020 iPhones are launched.
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