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You can now try 1Password’s customizable redesign on your iPhone and iPad

1password has released an Early Access version of 1Password 8 for iOS on Wednesday, bringing iPhone and iPad users a redesigned user interface and backend. The new version of the app, which 1Password says will eventually be available on all supported platforms, was available in Early Access mode for Mac since Augustand was Released for Windows in November.

As a longtime user of 1Password 7, the redesign caught my eye as soon as I opened the beta version of the app. As far as I can tell, almost every icon has been changed to be a little more fun and colorful, and the UI now feels more modern.

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The settings screen shows the difference between 1Password 7 (left) and 8 (right) very well.

1Password 7 opened to a Favorites screen with some recently used passwords. Aside from favorite and unfavorite logins, there wasn’t much you could do to customize the screen. That was always a bit frustrating for me because I never actually had a use for the screen and immediately went looking for it.

1Password 8, on the other hand, has a home screen that gives you access to things like your vaults, categories, and lists of recently created or changed passwords. You can also change it to suit the way you organize and access your passwords. If you use categories, favorites, and tags a lot, you can move these options up. If you put everything in one folder, you can hide everything but All Items.

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Some of the items on the home screen are collapsible lists.
Image: 1Password

The old (well, current) version of the app would let you know if one of your passwords was compromised and could warn you if the login you were viewing had a reused password, but there wasn’t a single screen for you to do so were able to manage your overall security. The new version of the iOS app adapts the watchtower section of the desktop version for mobile, which also gives you an overall security rating.

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Watchtower brings 1Password’s full security audit to the app.
Image: 1Password

There has been some controversy surrounding 1Password 8 after the company announced that its Mac app’s user interface would be powered by Electron (the web browsing technology behind apps like Slack, Evernote, and Discord) instead of native code like SwiftUI or AppKit. Some users worry that the change would make the password manager more resource-intensive to run or that it would feel less like a real Mac app. However you feel about this change, it’s not really a factor with this iOS app that 1Password said uses SwiftUI for the UI and Rust for the core.

Of course, there are other reasons why you might not want to use an early access version of a password manager. While I’ve been fine with it so far, there will likely be a few bugs for testers to find. If your phone’s password manager is absolutely crucial to your work and/or life, it’s probably best to wait until an official release, especially as this update marks a significant change from the previous version. However, if you are okay with an increased chance of flaking and would like to try the redesign for yourself as soon as possible, you can join the TestFlight using the link Blog post by 1Password.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/13/23024443/1password-8-early-access-ios-iphone-ipad-beta-redesign-password-manager You can now try 1Password’s customizable redesign on your iPhone and iPad

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