Apple launches password app to compete with 1Password and LastPass

Apple Inc. will launch a new app called Passwords next week, which aims to make it easier for users to log into websites and software.

According to the person who requested anonymity because the project has not been officially announced, Apple is planning the app for iOS 18, iPadOS 18 & macOS 15. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference will unveil the software on June 10, which is able to generate passwords and track them.

The iCloud Keychain is the engine behind this new app. This service, which has been around for a while, allows users to sync their passwords and accounts between devices. Previously, this feature was hidden in the settings app of Apple or displayed when a user logged into a website.

Apple wants to encourage more people to create secure passwords, and to protect the privacy of their devices. The move will also increase competition for third-party software. Apple’s new app will compete with password managers such as 1Password and LastPass. Users will be able to import passwords that they have created using rival services.

Apple Cupertino’s Cupertino California representative declined to comment.

The app displays a list with user logins. It also breaks down the information into categories such as WiFi networks, accounts and Passkeys – an Apple-promoted alternative password that uses Face ID and Touch ID. The data, like most password managers can be automatically filled into websites and applications when the user logs in.

It will also run on Windows computers and the Vision Pro headset. It can also support verification codes, and it serves as an authentication app similar Google Authenticator.

Passwords is only one part of the WWDC event. Apple’s AI initiative will take center stage, with features such as notification summaries and instant photo editing. AI-created emoticons will also be added, along with a stronger version of Siri. Apple will announce a partnership to use ChatGPT, a chatbot developed by OpenAI. Bloomberg

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