Gestures to login to Mac - in the future?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by bmac89, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. bmac89 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014

    With OSX being streamlined with mobile devices and the common use of trackpad with the mac, I think it would be good to see Apple introduce the option (if you wish) to use gesture patterns to log in to the computer instead of a password. Or if not to log in, it could be used to unlock the computer after sleep or screensaver.

    Obviously this may not be as secure in a public area, but for home use it would be much easier and more user friendly. You would still have a master password for Admin and in case of forgetting your gesture pattern.

    I understand other technologies such as fingerprint and eye capture are likely to become more popular in the future and would supersede this. However this feature could easily be implemented now without any additional technology or purchases and could be managed from within OSX without third-party software.

    I'm assuming it is unlikely to happen unless Apple introduced interactive / touchscreen macs before fingerprint / eye technology becomes more readily available.

    I do not desire this features enough to justify buying additional hardware or software but see no reason why it could not be easily implemented with current trackpads and within OSX.

    Thoughts? Is Apple likely to consider this in the near future?

  2. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
  3. satcomer, Sep 20, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2014

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    I see a future when fingerproint readers come availible for Macs since the new iPhone (since the 5s) we will see it in new laptops.
  4. leventozler macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2009
    Magic Mouse & NFC, just touch your iPhone/Apple watch to your mouse (or keyboard) and scan your fingerprint.
  5. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011

    Don't have to knock, can just gently tap it. I used it for awhile to try when it first launched, worked pretty good.
  6. delta77thegreat macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2014
    Expanding on the NFC concept, possibly something integrated with Apple Watch?
  7. bmac89 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014
    I have noticed that Windows 10 Preview has a gesture like feature to log into the computer.

    You set a picture and you draw or tap a pattern on the picture to log in. You can also use password or 4 digit pin.

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