1Password Developers Tease Support for iOS 12 Password Manager API

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Apple revealed during its WWDC keynote yesterday that among other features, iOS 12 will include a new Password Manager API that will be able to hook into third-party password manager apps installed on devices and offer up their stored passwords as suggestions to the user when they're prompted for login information.

Today, the makers of popular password manager service 1Password confirmed that it is already working on integrating its app with Apple's new API, and even offered its Twitter followers a teaser video of 1Password AutoFill in action.

The short clip shows a screen recording of a login prompt from the Apple ID website in Safari browser. As the user taps on the password field, the keyboard pops up and the password stored in 1Password appears in the QuickType suggestion bar, ready to select.


It's unclear at this time how soon 1Password will support the API integration after iOS 12 is publicly released in the fall, but users can rest assured the developers at AgileBits are "very excited about it" and will be "playing around with it very soon". Those looking to get a look in sooner can join the 1Password for iOS beta test program by following the steps outlined here.

In other security-related news, iOS 12 will also offer password suggestions within third-party apps, and will also keep track of passwords that have been reused, prompting users to create new ones.

In another welcome iOS 12 feature, one-time passcodes delivered via SMS text message will automatically appear as AutoFill suggestions on login screens, so users no longer have to concern themselves with reading the message, memorizing the code, and returning to the login screen to input them.

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31 months ago

Yay! I still think iCloud Keychain is more powerful and it's free. I don't think 1Password will integrate with App Passwords, and of course iCloud Keychain takes care of that.
TBH, a subscription to 1Password is almost twice more costly than what I pay for Apple Music.

I agree with you on the free part, but 1password is definitely more powerful. Password generations, password security alerts for sites that have been compromised, cross-platform support, ability to store multiple kinds of data (like server passwords, etc) and a better search interface to name a few.

I felt the same way about iCloud keychain until it messed up, and realized really no one at Apple knows what to do when something goes wrong except signing out of iCloud and signing back in. After I lost many passwords through that fisaco, I realized something like 1Password was definitely worth it for me.
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31 months ago

Yay! I still think iCloud Keychain is more powerful and it's free. I don't think 1Password will integrate with App Passwords, and of course iCloud Keychain takes care of that.
TBH, a subscription to 1Password is almost twice more costly than what I pay for Apple Music.

You pay $1.50/month for Apple Music?
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31 months ago

Yeah, almost. It's cheap as hell where I live.
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Personally, I like to remember every password I create on a website. I don't rely on a password manager (be it iCloud Keychain or 1Password) to remember my passwords, it's just easy to fill in, and that's one of the reasons it.

That almost certainly means that you either have an outstanding memory or you are re-using passwords.
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31 months ago
I have 400 logins in 1Password. For each account I also tag it with the recovery email and if applicable recovery phone so that I can easily know where I might expect to get account recovery information should that become necessary.

I also use it to store random strings for account security challenge questions. Doing so helps to immunize you from social engineering attacks. When available, I use 1p to manage 2FA, too, as well as find sites that offer 2FA but where I have not yet enabled it.

On top of that, I have my passport information, trusted traveler identifications, padlock combinations, and a whole slew of other information.

I’m on the family plan and I have a shared vault with my elderly parents. With that I can easily store passwords for them. They’ve started using it and love not having to remember or write down passwords. As a bonus, we can securely share passwords so I can help out with different accounts as necessary. I sleep better at night knowing they have secure passwords and are less vulnerable to people that prey on the elderly.

I don’t shill often, but 1Password is well worth it for the nominal yearly subscription fee.
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31 months ago
I wonder if they’ll charge a subscription fee to use it. That would be very AgileBits.
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31 months ago

Really? AgileBits has added a lot since they launch the subscription model and has not raised the price at all. You have travel mode they added, connected it to haveibeenpawned, and more.

I tend to object to this new trend of subscriptions in general. Devs have figured out how to continually monetize something for which you used to have to pay once. They figured out that they can make more money by forcing users a revolving fee for “full access” than even periodic app upgrade fees. And technically, you’re not even getting an actual subscription (new content monthly, etc.), you’re just being forced to pay for the right to continue to use the app you own to its full extent. On top of that, when AgileBits rolled out the syncing “subscription” (when DropBox, iCloud, and WebDAV syncing were already working perfectly well ... money grab, anyone?) they made it suspiciously difficult for an inexperienced user to realize that you didn’t have to enroll in it when setting up a new installation. Kinda scummy imo.
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