MacBook Pro users will soon be able to take advantage of Touch ID to authenticate With Chrome websites, with version 70 in Google browser, you add support for fingerprint readers in macOS, among other features.
In a blog post about features that come as part of Chrome 70, Chromium Blog is highlighted a number of changes that occur in the browser. Chrome 70 was introduced in beta on Thursday, and is expected to be released in mid-October.
As part of two updates for the web authentication API, related to the use of "PublicKeyCredential," Chrome 70 will enable the ability to use Touch ID as biometric site authentication. An image that shows an example asking users to verify their identity, mentioning the use of a "Touch Sensor", as well as alternatives for interrupting authentication or "Using Screen Lock."
The second update to the Web Authentication API adds PublicKeyCredential as a third credential type, along with PasswordCredential and FederatedCredential, so that biometric authentication and other methods are supported by PublicKeyCredential. This will also be enabled by default on macOS.
A sample of Shape Detection Origin will enable a device's formatting features to be used on websites, using three Face Detection APIs, barcode detection and text detection. The feature will allow the browser to use a device's existing features to analyze or capture these three types of data from the browser, with the post that notes the use of local resources, avoiding the use of a performance-kill library.
Chrome 70 will also automatically exit fullscreen mode when a page displays a dialog box, with the forced switch back to a window mode, said pulling users from the more immersive mode when a decision needs to be made.
TLS 1.3, an updated version of the TLS protocol for encrypting communication between computers, will be included, with a "simpler, less flawless design" with claimed enhancements of efficiency and security. The new version reduces the number of "round trips" required to create an encrypted connection, removes unsafe older options, encrypts more of the handshake element, and makes reset mode more resistant to key-based compromises.