When Apple first introduced Touch ID in 2013, the company initially only allowed using it for unlocking your iPhone and confirming App Store purchases. Now, thanks to iOS 8, app developers can securely take advantage of Touch ID to protect and secure purchases, notes, passwords, and other kinds of app data. These are currently our picks for best iPhone apps and best iPad apps that take advantage of Touch ID in ways that make your life easier and more secure!
1Password is one of our favorite password apps, and it lets you easily unlock your data using Touch ID in lieu of your master password. You can even set those Touch ID unlocks to time out at whatever increments you'd like. You will, however, need to enter your master password whenever you reboot your device for security reasons; Apple does this for iTunes purchases and unlocking your iPhone, as well, so it's not unexpected.
If you want a secure way to store your passwords, Touch ID has made 1Password more convenient than ever.
If you use two-step verification for your web accounts, Authy is a must-have on your device. Not only does it make dealing with verification codes easier, it combines all major services into one easy-to-manage location. It includes services such as Evernote, Dropbox, Google, Facebook, Amazon AWS, and more. On top of that, you can use Touch ID authentication to access the Authy app itself.
For easy and convenient two-step verification management that's protected with the help of Touch ID, you need Authy.
If you scan a lot of documents, Scanner Pro is arguably one of the best scanner apps around. And, depending on the kind of documents you scan, you may want to password protect your data. Scanner Pro provides Touch ID support for just that purpose, letting you unlock your documents with just a finger press. It's definitely worth it for those that find themselves dealing with contracts and PDF scans on a daily basis.
If you live inside sensitive document scans on your iPhone and iPad, Scanner Pro is your best bet.
Day One is one of the best diary and journal apps available for both iPhone and iPad. From beautiful inline images to the great calendar and list views, it's one of the best ways to track your thoughts. And Touch ID protection means that you'll never have someone snooping that you don't want around.
Mint helps you manage your personal finances so you know exactly where your money is going. As most of us know, our financial information is incredibly important to protect: Mint understands this, and provides both Touch ID and passcode options for securing your data.
If you need help managing your finances but consider security a top priority, go with Mint.
You can buy just about anything from Amazon, and one of the best ways to do just that is with the Amazon app for iPhone and iPad. Of course, you'll need to enter your password for security reasons in order to complete purchases — unless you have Touch ID configured, that is. If you have a fingerprint stored, you can use it in lieu of a passcode to avoid typing in passwords every time you want to purchase something impulsively. (We'll let you decide if that's a good or bad thing.)
For frequent Amazon shoppers, Touch ID makes it easier than ever to complete purchases in mere seconds.
Note: Touch ID for Amazon purchase is currently only available in limited countries.
Screens VNC is one of the best remote desktop apps for not only iPad, but for iPhone as well. It's dead simple to set up and even easier to use, but you still want to protect your connection: After all, if your iPhone gets lost or stolen, the last thing you want someone to have access to is your computer. With Screens's Touch ID integration, you can access your remote desktops in seconds and can rest assured that no one else will be able to.
If you need remote access to your computers on your iPhone, Screens VNC is one of the safest and convenient ways to do it.