Touch ID for Desktops?
Apple sells desktop machines (notably three! Mac Mini, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro), meaning bring-your-own keyboard. If you want to use Touch ID, which is awfully nice UX, you’ve got one choice: Magic Keyboard. I’ll get an RSI flareup in half a day of not using an ergonomic keyboard — so that keyboard is out.
Turns out you can get real hackery if you want to.
I can’t do it though. Looks like a fun project, but I ain’t even got time for that.
I’m wondering if things will change though. Apple is releasing Passkeys and they seem, rightfully, quite proud of it. I’m all about it. It’s not some proprietary Apple thing, it’s Apple getting a jump on emerging standards from the “FIDO Alliance and W3C standards”. It’s a really great system and I’m optimistic it’s what will ultimately kill passwords. But I believe it’s seriously hampered by not having Touch ID available (desktops without an Apple keyboard) or Face ID (any desktop or laptop). So maybe if Apple really wants to push this tech (yes please), let’s see a dedicated Touch ID device and/or Face ID come to webcams.