Apple To Expand Apple Watch’s Authentication Functionality With macOS 10.15

Over the years, Apple has added biometric authentication methods such as Face ID and Touch ID to its products to facilitate the use of strong passwords. Now, Apple is taking a step further, as it prepares to add the Apple Watch as the next-generation biometric authentication technique, not just limited to unlock the Mac.

According to 9to5mac, sources familiar with macOS 10.15 development told them that the upcoming macOS 10.15 version will be able to perform many other verifications using Apple Watch. It's unclear what kind of operations it will support, though, it could let you authorize payments through Apple Pay, AutoFill the username and password, etc.

Currently, Touch ID is the only method that's available on the macOS as a way to authenticate. However, the problem is that only a few Mac computers support Touch ID, including the Touch Bar MacBook Pro and the latest MacBook Air. Therefore, Apple Watch becomes critical when the Mac doesn't support Touch ID.

In June of this year, Apple is expected to take the stage at its WWDC event to introduce the iOS 13, watchOS 6, macOS 10.15, and tvOS 13.

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