macOS 10.14.4 Beta Includes Touch ID Safari AutoFill Feature

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    Image via iMore​

    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.

    Article Link: macOS 10.14.4 Beta Includes Touch ID Safari AutoFill Feature
  2. QandnotU macrumors newbie


    Jul 25, 2012
    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.
  3. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    Old computers don't have the Secure Enclave necessary for this technology.
    It would also cheapen the overall experience.
  4. frozen220 macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2007
    The Secure Enclave would be built into the keyboard, I’m sure, if they ever did this.
  5. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    I feel like they could incorporate it into the power button on the iMac.
  6. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    Finally. Now let the website setup a secure connection the enclave for banking etc.
  7. twocents macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2016
    California, USA
    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.
  8. markaceto macrumors member


    Jun 8, 2017
    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.
  9. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    That wouldn't work.
  10. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    Why can't I use Touch ID from my iPhone 7+ to validate a purchase on my MBP? And I thought Apple was killing off Touch ID.
  11. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    I thought it was all about Facial Recognition now? I love Touch ID so fast one of the reasons I won’t give up my iPhone 6s.
  12. subjonas macrumors 68000

    Feb 10, 2014
    They didn’t say that in so many words.
    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.
  13. redpandadev macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2014
    TouchID won't be added without a Secure Enclave processor AKA a T2 chip (or newer). That would effectively make such a device a rather powerful keyboard. It would also be expensive and likely cause battery life and heat issues. I think you're far more likely to see FaceID included in a future iMac release, so that way all of the hardware can be embedded in the computer rather than a peripheral.
  14. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    That's what I was going to say. The iMac keyboard is still not even backlit. If they're not even willing to put a backlight in the keyboard, I don't think they're going to be including Touch ID any time soon.

    FaceID makes more sense in the iMac.
  15. Reason077 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2007
    Face ID would make so much more sense on a Mac than Touch ID. It would be fast and seamless!
  16. jObooW macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2008
    This feature has been available in the Safari Technology Preview for months already.
  17. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    with faceID in these situations you would never have to move your arm anymore, total laziness
  18. NightFox macrumors 68020


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
  19. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    It would negate the reason to buy an entirely new computer, so likely not happening any time soon.
  20. gnomeisland macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2008
    New York, NY
    Maybe Microsoft has overlapping patents with it's Hello Windows feature? Just a guess, but I'm with you. I like Face ID on my iPad but it makes the most sense on a computer, can't understand why it didn't start there, must less why it isn't on all Apple computers with Webcams.
  21. Reason077 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2007
    Well, to be fair Face ID isn’t possible with just a webcam. It requires a specialized infra-red sensor.

    If it was camera based, it would be easy to fool it with a photo.
  22. truthertech macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2016

    Touch ID on a keyboard would be great for the tens of millions of existing Macs already in the wild.
  23. Sadman88 macrumors newbie


    Sep 13, 2017
    Face ID on the Mac would be fantastic! Love the AutoFill with Face ID on my XS Max.
  24. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Since getting an XR and using Face ID, I very much prefer it over Touch ID. Never thought I'd feel that way, but it's so transparent in term so using the device. I'm already looking at it, and it magically authenticates.
  25. RichardC300 macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2012
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I just want a way to turn off Safari auto-generating passwords when I register for things!

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