Mac keyboard with apple Touch ID sensor could if work?

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  1. eish2306 macrumors regular

    eish2306

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    Could a sensor be placed maybe in the space bar or somewhere on the keyboard to allow Touch ID on a mac?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Anything's possible but benefit would it provide?
     
  3. JoeyCloverfield macrumors regular

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    In combination with iCloud Keychain or 1Password & a Touch ID API, it would mean that people would hardly, if ever, have to interact with a password ever again.
     
  4. Outrigger macrumors 68000

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    Current fingerprint data is stored in a separate location within the phone itself. Where would the data be stored in the keyboard? I don't see the purpose of using the fingerprint to unlock a computer.
     
  5. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Shouldn't be too hard to implement but location could be an issue. I doubt Johnny Ive wants to add a sensor next to the keyboard. Would require some additional circuitry on the logic board to store the biometric data separate from normal processing.

    Lots of other laptops have had fingerprint sensors but the integration with Windows and other apps was lacking.
     

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