If Apple sold an external keyboard with touchID I would buy it - possibly even if it wasn’t super secure. So I guess they shouldn’t do that even though I want it? Maybe?
@tim the Apple Watch takes over a lot of this, for when I'm in clamshell mode attached to a display. Automatic unlock, authentication being an action on the Watch, etc
@aurynn Oh interesting. That hadn’t occurred to me. I really don’t want to want an Apple Watch though...
@tim To be honest, the Apple Watch is kinda 80% good. I use it because I like the high levels of integration with iOS and macOS.
I don't, like, love it.
@tim given they have put T2 (security) chips in their recent laptops, and security around their Touch ID devices, I think they could build a trusted encrypted path from the keyboard mounted touch module to the laptop security chip. So I think they *could* make it secure. There’d need to be some separate enrollment process of the keyboard Touch ID though 🤔
(Personally I like actual key travel, so I’m still using a early 2000s external Apple USB keyboard....)
@ewenmcneill It seems like it should be a solvable problem doesn’t it? It just seems so odd that they’ve done nothing useful with the Touch Bar concept and haven’t even taken the one good bit (Touch ID) to a format that someone with a iMac, Mac Pro or Mac Mini can use.
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