After nine months of beta, 1Password 8 is officially released for Mac with yet another redesign and more features on top of the already stuffed pre-release package.
As co-founder Dave Teare noted, productivity has been the primary driver of change. The big new thing is Universal Autofill, which, as the name suggests, lets users automatically fill passwords into Mac apps like Zoom or Apple’s App Store.
It also works on Mac command prompts like Terminal and one-time two-factor authentication passwords. And to make things even faster, 1Password uses Universal Autofill hotkeys for the Command and Backslash keys on your keyboard.
Alongside AutoFill is Quick Access, a floating search bar to quickly search your 1Password account for a password or data whenever you need it. Also, the desktop app does not need to be open
Redesign and security
For the redesigned UI, 1Password used the new Knox design language to create a detailed yet simple user interface. New icons make it easier to locate what you’re looking for. New indicators will show you who has access to files in a vault and who has access if they are moved elsewhere.
1Password has also increased the level of security to protect new Ease of Access features. The Watchtower Dashboard has been redesigned to look simpler and easier to assess if you have weak passwords in your catalog. During the early access release, the dashboard looked more cluttered with details somehow squished together in a small space.
For those who want that extra layer of security, 1Password released Developer Tools in March 2022. This is a set of features that allow developers to easily create and manage workflows without compromising security.
Potential future changes
Many of these updates are the result of user feedback, and although it’s just been released, people are already giving feedback, especially on the 1Password subreddit.
A user asked about the order status of fields, which was on older versions of 1Password. Basically, it allowed you to rearrange the location of categories on the UI. Teare himself replied that they were working on a beta version of this feature.
Another 1Password team member said he was looking for ways to implement some kind of MDM (mobile device management) support. This is basically additional mobile device support for 1Password.
You may see this feature in a future points upgrade or in the next beta round.