Apple's new passwords App: A threat to third-party password managers?

Apple's Passwords app offers limited support for Windows via the iCloud for Windows app
A representational image. — Apple Developer
A representational image. — Apple Developer

Users are wondering what will happen to third-party password managers like 1Password and LastPass now that Apple has announced the release of its new Passwords app. While the tech giant’s app may seem like a convenient option for those who has invested in the Apple ecosystem, its limitations may not make it viable replacement for third-party apps.

Password managers are one of the most essential tools for managing online lives of the users by tracking the passwords and encouraging a better security practices that makes sure that the user can conveniently access their accounts.

Apple's Passwords app, primarily designed for Apple devices, offers limited support for Windows via the iCloud for Windows app. Notably, the most widely used mobile operating system, Android, and web browser, Chrome, are not supported with this upcoming password app. This lack of broad platform support may limit the app's appeal for the users who need to access their passwords across multiple devices.

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The third-party password managing apps like LastPass, Dashlane, Bitwarden, and Proton offers innovative features and compatibility wide range of platforms. Their ability to work seamlessly across devices and platforms has made them a staple for many users. Although third-party password managers provide more extensive functionality and flexibility but the rumours are surfacing that the Apple's Passwords app can be free for the users with improved functionality and features.

The Apple’s new password app will be available on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Vision Pro and can be accessed on Windows via the iCloud for Windows app.