While much of the initial excitement around iOS 8’s new extensibility features surrounded widgets and the potential for third-party keyboards, there’s another type of app that will greatly benefit from these changes: password managers.
AgileBits, the company behind the 1Password software, showed off the extension for iOS 8 that they are calling the “holy grail” of password managers.
With the extension, third-party developers will be able to integrate 1Password into their own apps so users can access passwords stored in their 1Password vault from within those apps. The app will also support Apple’s TouchID so users will be able to autofill their login information with a single tap.
“Thanks to Apple’s incredible new developer features in iOS 8, third-party apps can let 1Password fill Logins without the user ever leaving the app,” the company wrote in a blog post. “Yep, complete with Touch ID for unlocking the vault. Yep, it’s this awesome.”
While this functionality won’t debut until iOS 8 officially rolls out later this year, the company posted a copy of the code on GitHub so other developers can begin incorporating the 1Password extension into their own apps.
1Password isn’t the only password-storing app to benefit from iOS 8’s new extensibility features. Safari will also be able to autofill passwords stored in its keychain into third-party apps when the app is updated for iOS 8.
Why It’s Hot: With the number of apps we have on our phones and devices today, it becomes a struggle to have a username and password to each. We like to have things easily accessible. Having to put in a login and password each time makes us more unlikely to use the application. This new “Holy Grail” of passwords has made life easier for just about everyone with the touch of a button.