Apple could launch new ‘Passwords’ app at WWDC 2024

Apple could introduce a new app called Passwords, aimed at simplifying login processes for websites and software, according to sources familiar with the matter, reports Mark Gurman of Bloomberg.

Passwords App

The new app is expected to be part of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS 15, the next major updates for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The Passwords app will generate and store passwords, powered by iCloud Keychain.

Previously, this functionality was integrated into Apple’s settings app and appeared during website logins.

  • Password Generation and Storage: Generates and securely stores strong passwords.
  • Synchronization: Syncs passwords and account info across Apple devices via iCloud Keychain.
  • Categories: Organizes user logins into categories like accounts, Wi-Fi networks, and Passkeys.
  • Auto-Fill: Auto-fills data into websites and apps for seamless logins.
  • Cross-Platform Support: Compatible with Vision Pro headset and Windows computers.
  • Authentication: Supports verification codes and functions like Google Authenticator.
  • Import Functionality: Allows import of passwords from services like 1Password and LastPass.

By creating a standalone app, Apple aims to encourage the use of secure passwords and enhance device privacy. This move also increases competition with third-party password managers, said Gurman.

Apple WWDC 2024

According to Gurman, the Passwords app is just a part of Apple’s WWDC announcements.

The event will mainly spotlight Apple’s AI initiatives, featuring notification summaries, instant photo editing, AI-generated emojis, and an improved Siri, alongside a partnership with OpenAI to integrate the ChatGPT chatbot.

These announcements are set for June 10 at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.