Date: Friday, May 20th, 2016, 08:45
Category: Apple Pay, Bluetooth, iOS, Rumor, Software, Touch ID
Siri isn’t the only thing that could come to OS X 10.12. A new report has indicated that Apple could add Touch ID support to OS X with 10.12 as well.
The rumor has it that Apple “could” be incorporating an auto-unlock feature into OS X 10.12 that would allow an iPhone to unlock a Mac when the two are in close proximity of one another. Much like how Apple Watch can bypass its passcode when near an unlocked iPhone, the OS X and iPhone feature would also use Bluetooth LE.
In addition to an iPhone unlocking a Mac, the report claims that it’s also “possible” that when an Apple Watch is in close proximity to a Mac, it could also unlock the computer. This is similar to the functionality provided by the third-party app Knock.
Other rumors include Apple bringing Apple Pay support to its Safari web browser. The new report shows how Apple could be using Bluetooth LE to power the Touch ID feature and remote Touch ID could be used to confirm Apple Pay purchases.
Additional details are expected to surface at WWDC in a few weeks, so stay tuned and we’ll bring you the news as it become available.