One touch, and presto
Touch ID was the standout feature of the iPhone 5s when it launched, and now a standard feature of the latest batch of iPhones—and probably all iPhones from now until forever. And now with iOS 8, we can finally use Touch ID to do more than just unlock our iPhones and purchase things from the App Store. Third-party app developers wasted no time in unrolling updates that take advantage of Touch ID. Here are some of the coolest ones we've seen so far.
Touch ID makes so much sense for banks and money management tools to use, given the added security. Budgeting app Mint (free)—which happens to be one of my most-used apps—now lets you use Touch ID en-lieu of a four-digit passcode or password. Mint keeps tabs of all of your financial accounts—your banks, credit cards, stocks, and more—and creates budgets to help you stay on top of your financial goals. Now I can see how I’m overspending with just a thumbprint.
The retail (and everything else) giant was one of the first to unleash a Touch ID update for its Amazon App (free) when iOS 8 launched. Just login to your Amazon account, and the app will use Touch ID when you’re updating a shipment, placing an order, and more.
I gave Slice (free) a shout out last week as a tool for hunting down your incoming iPhone 6 shipment, but this nifty app does more than track packages. Slice monitors all online purchases you’ve made and notifies you if the price changes, while categorizing your stuff to show how much you’ve spent. Toggle on the Touch ID option in the app’s settings to require your thumbprint every time you launch it.
1Password and LastPass
The gorgeous journaling app Day One ($5) is now fingerprint protected, with Touch ID acting like the lock on your old diary from high school.
If you’re looking for love on eHarmony (free to download), you can log in to your account using Touch ID instead of your password.
Screens ($20) is a heavy-duty productivity app that lets you access your computer remotely, right from an iOS app. Once you have your account set up, you can use Touch ID to unlock the app on your iPhone.
Scanner Pro ($7) is Readdle’s acclaimed scanning app for the iPhone—it uses your iPhone’s camera to scan documents and turn them into digital copies right on your device. With Touch ID enabled, your scanned documents have an extra level of protection.