jcasman (99934) writes "Touch ID is the biometrics (fingerprinting) sensor implementation in iPhone 5s. Introduced in iOS 7, users utilize it for authentication and authorization. However, the API was private, and there was no way to access it for Cordova/PhoneGap developers. Now, starting from iOS 8, the Touch ID API is now open to developers. This opens up many interesting possibilities for PhoneGap/Cordova developers. Masa Tanaka, CEO of Monaca, an HTML5 hybrid app development framework based on PhoneGap/Cordova, writes about creating a Cordova Plugin to support Touch ID, and provides a sample Cordova app for demonstration.
Performance — the Achilles heel of hybrid apps — is also impacted in the new iOS 8. In an SD Times Guest View piece, Tanaka talks here about performance improvements for hybrid apps in iOS 8 and includes internal benchmarking numbers: "Why hybrid app developers should love the new iOS 8""
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