Does Touch ID for the MacBook Pro 2016 Touch Bar support third-party apps?

E.g. could it be used, in theory, to authenticate login to password manager applications like 1Password, much in the same way that it can do in iOS?

To answer this question, I'm looking for some sort of factual reference to what we know is in Xcode, or what has been said by Apple.

  • Out of curiosity, why did you delete your answer? It's correct.
    – tubedogg
    Oct 29, 2016 at 8:02
  • @tubedogg I saw comments in a forum post saying that there were no specific references to TouchID in the API. I therefore didn't feel confident enough in the answer.
    – P A N
    Oct 29, 2016 at 8:42

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Apple has published a guide - KeychainTouchID: Using Touch ID with Keychain and LocalAuthentication for integrating Keychain with Touch ID. This means 3rd party developers can create code that allows users to authenticate to their app (an even possibly their website) via the Touch ID mechanism with credentials stored in Keychain

Additionally, more info can be found in the LocalAuthentication documentation

As for the Touch Bar... Adobe Photoshop currently support it.

According to the macOS Human Interface Guidlines, third party developers will be able to design their apps to use the Touch bar. Links to the API documentation and sample code are included. So, it's only a matter of time before apps get updated to support the new bar.


Yes, the API has been published by Apple at this site. I jsut did a Google search and it was the first result.


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