Safari gaining Face ID and Touch ID support, removing need to enter passwords with new API
Apple has announced that developers will be able to add Face ID and Touch ID support to their websites with Safari 14, removing the need for users to enter usernames and passwords for a “frictionless experience when logging in.”
Confirmed within a WWDC20 engineering session called “Meet Face ID and Touch ID for the web,” Apple said developers will be able to present web users with a new sign in button that will ask for either Face ID or Touch ID to complete the user’s sign in request, similar to how the two authentication methods are currently used for App Store purchases, which also swap manual log ins with biometric authentication.
An initial login on a website that supports the feature will require a username, passcode, and two-factor authentication code to be entered, but after that, Face ID or Touch ID can handle the login process.
Face ID and Touch ID provide a frictionless experience when logging in — and now you can use them on your websites in Safari with the Web Authentication API. Discover how to add this convenient and secure login alternative to your website.