Logging into any service on Apple TV is a pain. The text-entry field is one long line, and if you’ve got a particularly lengthy username or password for apps on the Apple TV, entering them can take much longer than it should.
Twitter-owned Digits is offering its own take on a solution with an SDK that tvOS developers can implement in their apps and let users type in a short string of numbers and letters that they get from their iPhone, rather than the full-on username and password combination.
This could solve the problem altogether, and it’s not much more tricky than using an app for Two-Step Authentication, which we all do now, anyway (or should).
Like a similar service already launched by Facebook, Digits will offer an authentication service that will show users a short alphanumeric code. You’ll just enter the code you see on your Apple TV to a webpage on your Mac, iPhone or iPad to authorize your login. The app will get your login info from the Digits system instead of from your laboriously-typed username and password.
Developers will be able to add this code to their apps right now via the latest Fabric app for Mac, a modular app-making SDK that works with XCode, also owned by Twitter.
Let’s hope more devs get this or the Facebook system integrated soon — I’m very tired of typing on that Apple TV “keyboard,” aren’t you?
Via: Apple Insider