macOS 10.14.4 Beta Includes Touch ID Safari AutoFill Feature

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The macOS 10.14.4 update, currently available to developers, introduces a new AutoFill feature designed for Touch ID-equipped MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.

As iMore points out, in the Touch ID section of the Settings app on macOS 10.14.4, there's a new "Safari AutoFill" listing you can enable.

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With Safari AutoFill enabled for ‌Touch ID‌, you can place a finger on the ‌Touch ID‌ home button to automatically fill in web form content.

Right now, you can use AutoFill to enter usernames, passwords, addresses, phone numbers, and credit cards, and more right into web pages, but you generally have to click into a form and then start typing before the AutoFill option comes up.

It sounds like the new ‌Touch ID‌ Safari AutoFill feature will streamline the process, filling forms with a touch.

macOS 10.14.4 also expands Apple News to Canada and it introduces automatic dark mode themes for websites, so if you have Dark Mode enabled and visit a website that has a dark theme available, it will be activated automatically.

Top Rated Comments

QandnotU Avatar
24 months ago
Not quite sure of the security or cost ramifications, but would love to see Touch ID added to their desktop keyboard. Face ID built into an iMac would be great, but a keyboard solution could bring new technology to an older computer.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
frozen220 Avatar
24 months ago

Old computers don't have the Secure Enclave necessary for this technology.
It would also cheapen the overall experience.

The Secure Enclave would be built into the keyboard, I’m sure, if they ever did this.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
markaceto Avatar
24 months ago

Not quite sure of the security or cost ramifications, but would love to see Touch ID added to their desktop keyboard. Face ID built into an iMac would be great, but a keyboard solution could bring new technology to an older computer.

They can't even ship a backlit wireless keyboard, let alone change the finish to space gray, so I wouldn't hold my breath for Touch ID.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reason077 Avatar
24 months ago
Face ID would make so much more sense on a Mac than Touch ID. It would be fast and seamless!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
subjonas Avatar
24 months ago

And I thought Apple was killing off Touch ID.

They didn’t say that in so many words.
https://www.macrumors.com/2017/09/15/craig-federighi-addresses-face-id-concerns/
Federighi “confirmed that Apple believes Face ID is the future of biometric authentication, with the caveat that there are settings where different biometric techniques or combinations of biometrics could make sense.”
A bit of a mixed message.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
twocents Avatar
24 months ago

Not quite sure of the security or cost ramifications, but would love to see Touch ID added to their desktop keyboard. Face ID built into an iMac would be great, but a keyboard solution could bring new technology to an older computer.

I'm not sure of how feasible this idea is, but for the iMac / Mac mini / Mac Pro, would it be possible for the Secure Enclave to be built along with the Touch ID sensor in the wireless keyboard? The keyboard would have to be paired only to one Mac, but could communicate a simple Yes or No response when it scans for a fingerprint match. It seems cumbersome to have to turn the desktop or reach around the back each time you want to use Touch ID.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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