Bloomberg’s Gurman: Apple to Launch New ‘Passwords’ App in iOS 18 and macOS 15

Bloomberg’s Gurman: Apple to Launch New ‘Passwords’ App in iOS 18 and macOS 15

Apple is doing what Apple does, as it plans to unveil a new Passwords app for iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS 15, says Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. The new app will be an alternative to popular password apps like 1Password, Dashlane, and others to allow users to access their login credentials for sites and apps.

While there is already a Passwords feature built into Apple’s operating systems, it’s buried in the Settings app and it can be a bit difficult to use for those users who are not familiar with it.

The dedicated Passwords app will make use of the iCloud Keychain, which syncs login information across all of your Apple devices. The app will support all of the features currently supported by Passwords in the Settings app. It will also work on the Apple Vision Pro and Windows PCs.

The app will store usernames and passwords for websites, WiFi network passwords, and the Passkey feature that uses Face ID or Touch ID to log into websites instead of a login/password combination. The app will also be able automatically inserted into websites and apps. The app can also support verification codes and serve as an authentication app similar to Google Authenticator.

While Apple says it is trying to get more people to use secure passwords and bolster the privacy of its devices. The move also fits Apple’s tradition of coming up with apps and features to replace third-party software. The new Passwords app will likely be able to replace third-party password managers like 1Password and LastPass. Users will be able to import passwords from rival services into the new app.

Gurman says Apple will unveil Passwords during next Monday’s WWDC24 keynote address.

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