1Password 5.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Developer AgileBits on Monday issued 1Password 5.1 adding native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and fixing a number of issues and oversights related to the Touch ID and PIN Code features.

This release also introduces some new capability such as the ability to add brand new tags to your items, enable or disable third-party custom keyboards within the Advanced Settings and more, while fixing “the most popular issues and crashes”.

1Password has recently gone the freemium route and now offers basic features free of charge, with advanced features available through Apple’s In-App Purchases mechanism.

Now available within the app’s settings (Settings > Security), the new Auto-Lock inactivity timeouts for both the Master Password and Touch ID fixes issues with seeing Master Password prompts far too often due to an issue in the code.

You can now specify a “Request Fingerprint After” timeout which sets how long 1Password is inactive before locking itself. There’s also a second timeout for the Master Password called ”Lock on Exit” that sets how long 1Password can be inactive before locking.

The new “Request Fingerprint After” and ”Lock on Exit” options replace the previous and somewhat confusing “Request After” and “Request Fingerprint After” settings.

“Starting in 1Password 5.1, there will be a single Auto-Lock timeout that works for both,” AgileBits underscored.

1Password 5.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Although 1Password stores your Master Password in the iOS Keychain when Touch ID is enabled, only 1Password is allowed to access the iOS Keychain item that contains your Master Password, and it’s never synced to other devices or backed up to iTunes or iCloud.

“It is also aggressively removed from the keychain whenever Touch ID authorization fails or if Touch ID or the device Passcode are disabled,” developers ensure.

As a result, you should never forget your Master Password due to Touch ID convenience as the app may still require it from time to time. “I’m tossing around the idea of requiring your Master Password once every 14 days or so,” developers said in a blog post.

1Password 5.1 changelog:

  • The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are out. Were you one of the lucky millions who got one already? 1Password 5.1 has been updated to give you a beautiful experience on these new devices with 3x images and improved rich icons.
  • Touch ID and the PIN Code have been significantly improved. The Auto-Lock timeout will now function across both the Master Password and Touch ID/PIN Code, removing the confusion the separate settings caused. The iOS Keychain will be used to store the Master Password when Touch ID/PIN Code is enabled, allowing Touch ID/PIN Code to be used reliably in the 1Password Extension. Configure what works best for you in Settings->Security.
  • Tag you’re it. You can now add brand new tags to your items.
  • Customer keyboard preference. Choose to enable or disable 3rd party custom keyboards within the Advanced Settings.
  • Many fixes for the most popular issues and crashes

1Password for the iPhone and iPad is free in the App Store. The Mac edition will set you back fifty bucks. The iOS version requires iOS 8.0 or later and the Mac edition requires a 64-bit Intel processor and OS X 10.8.4 or later.

The free iOS edition lets you create Logins, Identities, Credit Cards and Secure Notes, and use those items in Safari and other apps. It can also sync with 1Password for Mac, Windows and Android.

Advanced features locked behind various In-App Purchases include folders, tags, custom fields, Multiple Vaults, as well as the full range of items including Bank Accounts, Email Accounts, Memberships, Passports, Reward Programs, Wireless Routers, Software Licenses and many more.

[AgileBits Blog]

  • August Ebbesen

    Wish iCloud Keychain was like this..

    • Chetan

      Best part is that it would have been free on mac also 😀

      • The even better part is that Apple could implement it at anytime.

  • Mike

    Something to watch out for…if you are using family sharing and everyone is using their own iCloud account for purchases…any in app purchases are per person. So for instance…in the past…with one shared account for iTunes…you could purchase in app purchases such as removing ads…this now would have to be done for each person and would require a purchase for each person as well. Since finding this out I recently remove the family sharing and have switched back to sharing a single account. I don’t see why I should have to pay for the same app 5 times so my wife and kids can also have it. Hopefully apple can fix this as I’d really like to use the family share features. As password1 is a free app to download with in app purchase for the premium version…you’d have to pay 9.99 for each member in your family to have the full features…not something I’m willing to do.

    • Yujin

      Is not a bug …is a feature! I think the main Palm is to get you to pay for each individual license as you would in some other apps. Greedy? YES!

      • Really it’s just bringing 1Password on par with its desktop apps. The Windows and OS X version has always been one license per computer, per household…

    • Jiří Málek

      It’s expected behaviour. When a member of family buys anything, the purchase is tied to the person who initiated the purchase, not to the person, whos credit card is being used. So if the member leaves, purchases go with him. And therefor the in-app purchases are per user. Also iTunes Match subscription is per user. This is why I’m still using shared iTunes account.

  • Chetan

    They can make there own custom keyboard to be used by other apps with a dedicated OnePassword button for the sake of simplicity.. Swipe and other keyboards things added on their keyboard would be added advantage..

    • Anmol Malhotra

      So, buying the new i6 on 17th? :p
      Its sooo expensive 🙁 Cant even think of buying it.. LOL 😀

      • Chetan

        Yes, for sure if the stocks are not out on day one 😀

        BTW couldn’t find any pre-order online as told by TOI

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Great! 🙂
        They all are not mentioning clearly , pre-order are available from stores. You have to go to Apple Store ( which sells iPhone ) for pre-order , cant do that from any particular site.

  • M L

    Much better improvements on the Touch ID…Thanks for the work!

  • Fevostone

    All we need now is the rest to follow LOL Facebook is a joke and viber is buggy as and you tube is dying for a good make over.

  • I use it on all my devices at home, and my company uses it as well. It’s amazing! Worth every buck. Syncing on Dropbox is an advantage.

  • Twyler

    The iCloud Drive thing has been a nightmare. I’ve had syncing problems ever since. So sad.

    • Are all of your devices on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite? If they are you shouldn’t have any problems at all unless you reset all data on your device since a bug wipes iCloud Drive…

      • Twyler

        My laptop isn’t Yosemite AND since it’s corporate, I won’t be able to get it for a while. I switched to Dropbox, but this is not ideal. There was very little notification that this would be a problem.

      • There was plenty of notice it’d be a problem. Even Mac developers urged users not to update to iOS 8 if they relied on iCloud syncing…

      • Twyler

        Didn’t get the memo

    • Yes I too have noticed sync issues but that’s because my iPad is on IOS 7 and my 6+, mac’s are all updated to Yosemite/IOS 8. So those older devices are now lost. Can’t back them up to the cloud or even pull down save files from previous games. It does stink! Having said that, I can’t figure out iCloud Drive anyway… not sure where to go to access those files on my phone.

  • Yujin

    There is a BUG in 1password that when you try to add notes in a login screen, the keyboard covers the area and you can’t see what you type. You also can’t really copy and paste as this option disappears too quickly for you to paste it.

    • Instead of typing this here you should tweet @1Password or email them. They’re usually pretty quick to respond to tweets and I’d imagine the same is true for emails. They also have forums if I remember correctly…

  • Martynet

    Is there anyway that the app uses touch id when I open the app for the first time too? It’s really annoying to type in the password every day. I though touch id is safe. I’m so sick of typing any passwords. Touch id should be activated everywhere 🙂

  • totallymichael

    I’m new to this app and was wondering, is it possible to use this app to store passwords for specific apps, or is it only for webpages in Safari? I honestly never really visit sites that require passwords in Safari on my phone so right now the app isn’t doing much for me. Any info would be appreciated.

    • Fede777

      You can, but each app has to adopt 1password as a login method, so while you’ll have your app password stored, it won’t be very useful.

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    I am very thankful for this update because ever since I installed iOS 8 (affected on iOS 8 – 8.0.2), either on my 5s or my new 6 that I got, I was unable to add new items to my notes category in 1Password and save it. It would just revert back to whatever I had before the iOS 8 update. I was so mad that I went and purchased MSecure, which is also pretty great. But now, I’ll use both as redundancy.