While we had no idea what it was going to be called, or even if it was going to have a name as such, the new OLED touchscreen bar across the top of the new MacBook Pro’s keyboard makes for an amazingly interesting new input method, and it also has a trick up its sleeve – there’s a Touch ID-laden power button at the end of it.
Touch ID came to the iPhone with the iPhone 5s, and ever since that moment, the clamor has been for it to first arrive on the iPad, and then make the jump to the Mac. With the iPhone and iPad featuring fingerprint scanning technology, and Apple Pay taking the world by storm, it really was only a matter of time before Touch ID came to the Mac. And now it’s here.
Almost as much as the Touch Bar itself, Touch ID has the potential to be a game changer for many, and the folks at AgileBits seem to agree. They’re the guys behind the excellent 1Password, and they have already been hard at work getting 1Password ready not just for Touch ID support, but also the new Touch Bar and all of the fun that it brings to the table.
In a post today, the company’s eagerness to get cracking with what the new MacBook Pros can offer is palpable.
What [our designer] has come up with is really exciting and I can’t wait to play with it. I think that switching between my work and home vaults with just a tap is going to be the most awesome, albeit sliding my finger across the Touch Bar to generate a strong password comes in a close second.
The blog post also shares some early designs for the Touch Bar features set to make their way to the app.
There’s a short video of the Touch ID integration too.
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