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The 1Password password manager app has been updated to version 8 for Mac, bringing an updated design to speed up use with faster access to wanted passwords.
1Password’s announcement in August 2021 of its app redesign has become controversial. It was effectively ditching the original 1Password Mac app and instead making it an iOS that would run on macOS as an Electron app.
Now that 1Password 8 for Mac has officially launched – it’s currently rolling out to users – the company doesn’t mention its Electron base. Instead, it focuses on how it brings consistency across all the platforms it supports.
“1Password for Mac has come a long way since its first iteration in 2006,” 1Password co-founder Dave Teare said in a statement, “and with each release, we’ve pushed the boundaries of user experience that our customers have come to expect from us.”
“I look forward to our customers engaging first-hand with all the new and improved features provided by 1Password 8 for Mac;” he continued, “hopefully they love it as much as we loved creating it.”
“1Password is creating the future of human-centric security by designing closer to the user,” 1Password chief experience officer Matt Davey said in the same statement, “making it an easy choice for be secure”.
“1Password 8 for Mac provides a consistent and powerful user experience from any device on the desktop, including in your browser,” Davey continued. “We aim for online security to be seamless, intuitive and, believe it or not, enjoyable.”
Called Knox, 1Password’s new design language “improves clarity, accessibility, and consistency.” This consistency includes a new icon on the lock screen, which resembles an iOS toggle.
App icons have been redesigned, with the aim of “making it easier to identify items at a glance”. Items in 1Password can range from regular logins to credit card details and more, and the new version adds an item catalog to help you add different types of passwords.
“[It provides] guided experiences to help users easily search, view the most popular item types (passwords, credit cards, documents, etc.), create and categorize new items,” explains the company .
The makers point out that the new 1Password 8 for Mac will “feel right at home on your Mac” as it incorporates macOS-inspired design touches, as well as light and dark modes.
The new 1Password 8 for Mac is a subscription app, which starts at $35.88 per year. There’s a 14-day free trial, and the subscription also entitles 1Password users to iOS, Windows, Android, Linux, and Chrome OS.