Touch ID API (image 001)

Apple has announced that it is opening up its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to third-party developers. Reportedly years in the making, the all-new Touch ID API is available to registered iOS developers, making it easy to integrate Apple’s seamless fingerprint reading functionality into their apps without compromising Touch ID’s strong security…

The Touch ID API protects logins and user data by tapping the Secure Enclave on Apple’s A7 processor, which protects data and isolates it from the rest of the system.

Like with the iPhone 5s’s fingerprint sensing, your prints used in third-party apps never leave your device, are never synchronized with the cloud and – most importantly – developers never get to access your fingerprint data stored inside the Secure Enclave.

Developers of apps like 1Password, PayPal, eBay and more will be able to use the Touch ID API to protect logins and user data (good-bye, passwords).

Upon identifying a successful match, the API then unlocks related Keychain items. All the app knows is that there was a successful fingerprint match, nothing more.

Cool, no?

  • n0ahcruz3

    Nice! First btw! Lol

    • Shut up.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Chill yo its just a comment. Replying to it is just a waste of your precious time.

  • Cameron Nelms

    Are we close to being open OS? I do hope so.

    • Dani Hayes

      Probably by iOS 10.

    • erod434

      IOS will always he closed source for apples pride, but I do like the increased customization year by year and it is getting more open. I hope next year they finally add theme engine for true customization.

      • That will be the day I’ll buy another iOS device…

  • Keith

    woot woot

  • Martin

    Looks like jailbreaking is no longer needed for me as TouchID will be implemented in apps and quick reply has finally arrived.

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      iTouchSecure, dead.
      Keyboard tweaks. dead
      quick reply. dead

      still wish there was quick compose.. so activator is still alive and well

    • Well, tbf, any TouchID tweaks that are available are only to protect the opening of an app/app functions, once open, you’d still need to manually enter the password to log in. This new 3rd-party integration could essentially eradicate that but wouldn’t – I assume – be able to protect all opening such as what the tweaks do