Apple has plans to develop stronger authentication options on Apple Watch in macOS 10.15

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According to sources close to the project, Apple is planning on expanding Apple Watch authentication beyond just unlocking your Mac in macOS 10.15. Here’s everything we know so far.

If you own a mid-2013 or newer Mac, along with an Apple Watch on watchOS 3 or later, you can unlock your Mac by wearing your Apple Watch. Personally, I love having the capability of unlocking my Mac with my Apple Watch, despite also having Touch ID on my MacBook Pro.

Currently, the only authentication that Apple Watch is capable of doing on Mac is unlocking it. Apple Pay purchases need to be authenticated with Touch ID-equipped Macs or handed off to your iPhone for confirmation. But, according to sources close to the project, Apple is working on new ways of bringing more authentication options in macOS 10.15 later this fall.

According to 9to5Mac, it’s currently unclear what Apple’s plans are until WWDC 2019. “It’s possible that all operations that can currently be authenticated with Touch ID will also be accessible via the Apple Watch mechanism,” says Guilherme Rambo, writer for 9to5Mac.

We should expect to learn more about this during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 3rd, 2019.

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