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1Password 6.0 for iOS review: First-class secure data management to your mobile device

Marco Tabini | Oct. 2, 2015
As it is often the case with the release of a new major version of one of Apple’s operating systems, a fresh new version of AgileBits’s 1Password for iOS (App Store link) has hit the virtual shelves of the App Store.

While I’ve always loved the desktop version of AgileBits’s app, its mobile counterpart has, until now, been hard for me to warm up to, mostly because the features that make it so convenient on the desktop, such as quick access to my data and the tight integration with many other parts of the operating system, were missing due to iOS’s more restrictive security environment.

To make matters worse, Apple itself has been slowly eroding 1Password’s raison d’être, since basic functionality like password and credit card storage is now baked right into the Keychain, which, of course, enjoys a privileged level of integration with the operating system that third-party software has no access to.

With this latest version, however, the app makes full use of everything that iOS has to offer, and reaches a whole new level of usefulness, particularly when it comes to quick access through Spotlight and interaction with the Apple Watch: no longer a somewhat inconvenient way to look up a password in a pinch, 1Password has finally reached par with its desktop cousin.

 

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