Thanks to iOS 8, 1Password will become just as good as the Mac app

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On the Mac, 1Password is a perfect Swiss Army Knife of tools for the forgetful and lazy, guaranteeing that they never have type in a password, address field, or credit card number into an online form ever again.

But on iOS, 1Password has been a more convoluted thing. Lacking deep integration with other apps, 1Password for iOS has never been as good as it’s Mac counterpart. But with iOS 8, that’s about to change, thanks to a 1Password app extension that any third-party app can use.

The extension means that going forward, 1Password on iOS 8 will operate much like it does on the Mac. When you go to an app or webpage that requires a password, you’ll be able to just tap the 1Password button, use TouchID (if you have it) to authenticate yourself, and then continue on, without ever having to remember or tap in a password.

On their blog, 1Password developers AgileBits call it the “Holy Grail” of mobile password management:

Throughout history, the greats have always sought a “holy grail.” The Dude really wanted that new rug. Indiana Jones searched for… well, the Holy Grail. Today, we’re happy to say we built our holy grail: automatic 1Password Logins right in iOS 8 apps.

The video embedded here, produced by our fearless co-founder Dave Teare, speaks for itself. 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. Yep, complete with Touch ID for unlocking the vault. Yep, it’s this awesome.

How easy is it for third-party apps to get in on this one-tap Login goodness? Extremely! Developers: check out our 1Password App Extension on GitHub with documentation and sample code.

If you’re a developer, you can download and integrate the 1Password App Extension by going over to Github. The rest of us poor suckers will just have to wait until iOS 8 is released this fall.

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