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Banks ING and OCBC launch new apps with support for Touch ID logins

Dutch bank ING and Singapore's OCBC Bank recently integrated Touch ID compatibility to their respective iOS apps, marking the first time Apple's fingerprint recognition system has been used to protect mobile banking apps in those countries.

Support for Apple's Touch ID was added to ING and OCBC's mobile apps this week, allowing customers to securely access account information on the latest iPhone and iPad hardware.

As noted by The Straits Times, which first reported OCBC's app update, users can view bank account, credit card and investment balances after performing a one-time activation process.

According to the NL Times, ING's new app is the first of two to integrate fingerprint recognition capabilities. The bank plans to launch a second app before summer that will let customers confirm payments using Touch ID confirmation.

Apps from a number of banks in other countries like the U.S. and UK already incorporate Touch ID fingerprint security, as Apple opened up the fingerprint sensor's API to developers with iOS 8.