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iOS 8 Simplifies App Login Process with Safari Password Sharing

Logging into and setting up apps will be easier in iOS 8 thanks to new Continuity APIs Apple has introduced to allow iOS apps to access Safari's stored usernames and passwords. The feature, announced at a developer session at WWDC (via 9to5Mac), will let users quickly log in to an app that is associated with a website they have previously visited.

For example, if a user has accessed Gmail in Safari for Mac or iOS and opted to store a password, that password can then be used to log in to Google's Gmail iOS app with a single tap, greatly speeding up and streamlining the login process. During the session, Apple demonstrated with a test website and app called "Shiny."

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The functionality is available to all developers and has the potential to be built into any third-party app with an accompanying website. Developers will need to associate a website with their app, which will then give them the option to request credentials saved in Safari, offering the option at login.

The process also works both ways. Apps that have an associated website that a user has not visited will be able to store login information to Safari, later letting a user access that stored information on the web when browsing to the site associated with the app.

As part of Continuity, the new Safari/app integration is designed to make it easier to seamlessly switch between devices, cutting down on the frustration of logging into an app. Apple also hopes the new system will increase security, as users can now select Safari's randomized suggested passwords for both apps and websites.

Related roundups: iOS 8, iOS 8 Features

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6 weeks ago
This combined with iCloud Keychain and Touch ID and we'll barely ever have to remember our passwords again.
Rating: 11 Votes
6 weeks ago
TouchID and this will be heaven for anyone who hates inserting passworts.
Looking forward to upgrading my iPhone 5 in the fall.
Rating: 9 Votes
6 weeks ago
How will developers need to associate? will it be just a string of a domain, or is there any verification...
Rating: 9 Votes
6 weeks ago
All hail Continuity!
Rating: 7 Votes
6 weeks ago
I hope they allow password managers like 1Password participate in this capability. A lot of us prefer to manage our passwords outside of Safari for various reasons. Having deeper integration would be awesome.
Rating: 7 Votes
6 weeks ago
These credentials are stored in Keychain, not "in Safari". Safari merely stored them in Keychain, but other applications can access them. This is actually a very handy feature, and I hope it comes to OS X, as well.
Rating: 7 Votes
6 weeks ago
It's...it's so beautiful....

Rating: 5 Votes
6 weeks ago
I'm a loyal 1Password user, but there is at least once scenario where I might stop using 1Password and use Apple's solution.

If I can choose to sign into these websites using the stored keychain password *while* authenticating with a fingerprint, I think I'd be be able to sleep that anyone couldn't pick up my phone and log into stuff.

So if it works like this...

1. Visit amazon.com for first time
2. Go to login
3. Phone says "hey I see you already have a login, want to use it forever?"
4. I say yeah
5. Anytime I try to log into amazon, I just touch the sensor and it logs me in using keychain info.

If this solution logs in regardless of any finger ID, I wouldn't want to use it. I would only feel comfortable touching the sensor while logging in.
Rating: 5 Votes
6 weeks ago
I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THIS. I hate trying to remember my passwords for an app when all the safari sites have it saved.
Rating: 5 Votes
6 weeks ago
I love that their test website and app were called Shiny; it's like Apple is parodying itself.
Rating: 4 Votes

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