1Password has finally been given its iOS 7 makeover and clearly it's bigger, better, and more beautiful than ever right? Well, not quite, but 1Password 4.5 is a notable improvement over prior iterations that now at least pretends to acknowledge that iOS 7 exists, even if it took the developers at AgileBits a patience testing 7 months to get it into the App Store.
A brief introduction
First things first, 1Password is a must have app. If you don't have it, then I suspect you're probably using a password with an entropy level worth squat, are using that same password for every website and application in your repertoire, and that despite the fact that you've been using said password since your Excite.com email days, still have it written down on a scrap of paper in your wallet. 1Password eliminates every bit of the above, giving you one place to securely store, create, and manage a multitude of usernames, passwords, credit cards, and personal documents, all accessed with the convenience of 1 password.
The Good Stuff
Mini briefing aside, 1Password 4.5 ushers in a multitude of small enhancements that make the already solid app just a wee bit better. A persistent search bar makes finding your needle in a haystack password easier to find. Multiple vaults allow you to share a set of passwords with other users, while support for multiple Dropbox accounts allows for the syncing of vaults from other accounts, and speaking of sync; 4.5 data files are now smaller so syncs are now faster. Finally, 1Password 4.5's in-app browser (1Browser) has also been improved with a unified AutoFill and at least to my eye, faster page loading.
The Just OK Stuff
Outside of the “behind the curtains” improvements, there's the much more obvious UI refresh. Yes, 1Password now looks and largely acts like a proper iOS 7 app. Edge swipes, that flat look, open white spaces, the requisite icon update, a proper share menu with AirDrop, and hell yes, an actual iOS 7 keyboard. It fits in fine with iOS 7, but for my tastes the new refresh looks cheap, with uninspired iconography throughout and an overall sense of generic blah-ness that fails to send the app to the realms of aesthetic Shangri-La where form perfectly balances function. (And I won't even mention the non-animated 1Browser edge swipes, tsk, tsk.)
Ok, so I don't have to love the way 1Password looks to love the way 1Password works. 4.5 is a nice, but not spectacular upgrade long in the making. It makes an app you're bound to use multiple times a day, faster, easier, and finally, more consistent to use with the apps and OS you've been using for many moons now. 1Password on iOS still isn't and likely never will be as good as it is on Mac. Yes, it's still largely sandboxed, which makes it overly reliant on copy and pasting into other apps and mobile Safari (mitigated somewhat by the included 1Browser), it lacks the Mac app's nifty “Security Audit” feature that highlights weak and duplicated passwords, and strangely it lacks the ability to add documents to your vault from the camera roll. Still, 1Password remains a permanent fixture on my home screen, because I honestly can't function without it. I wish 7 months of post iOS 7 development had brought the sophisticated look I was hoping for, and it'd be nice if the iOS apps sported 99.9% of the desktop app's functionality, but for now I'm happy to be content with small but appreciated improvements and yes, finally: an iOS 7 keyboard.
1Password by AgileBits is $17.99 (currently $8.99) and is available for iPhone and iPad (universal)