iOS 18 to Feature Apple’s New Password Manager App

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Key Takeaways

  • Apple to launch a dedicated password manager app called "Passwords" with iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS 15, announced at WWDC on June 10.
  • The app will integrate with Apple's ecosystem, using iCloud Keychain for password synchronization and advanced security features like Face ID and Touch ID.
  • Apple's new app could impact third-party password managers like LastPass and 1Password, but their cross-platform compatibility may still attract some users.

Apple is set to introduce a dedicated password manager app called “Passwords” with the release of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS 15. 

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the new password manager app will be unveiled at Apple’s annual WWDC conference on June 10.

It will offer users a centralized platform to store and manage their passwords. This app will likely integrate with Apple’s existing ecosystem, providing a unified experience across iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

Bloomberg reports that the new app will utilize Apple’s iCloud Keychain service, which has long existed to synchronize passwords and account information across various devices.

Previously, this capability was either tucked away within the company’s settings app or surfaced when a user logged into a website. Still, it’s been brought to the forefront as a dedicated app.

While Apple has not officially announced the app’s features, the password manager will reportedly include functionalities such as password generation, autofill, and secure storage. Additionally, it may leverage Apple’s advanced security technologies, including Face ID and Touch ID, to enhance user authentication and protect sensitive information.

Impact on Third-Party Password Managers

The launch of Apple’s password manager app could affect established players, such as LastPass, 1Password, and Dashlane. These third-party services have long been popular among users seeking robust password management solutions. However, Apple’s entry into this space could shift user preferences, particularly among those who prefer the convenience and integration of native apps.

Despite the potential disruption, third-party password managers’ range of features and cross-platform compatibility may continue to appeal to certain user segments.