Hello everyone, 👋
I wanted to give you a heads up that in the next beta our beloved Desktop App Integration experiment will be temporarily removed. This means you will need to unlock 1Password for Mac separately from 1Password X, and Touch ID will no longer be available.
Starting in version 1.21.3 of 1Password X the Desktop App Integration experimental feature will be unavailable. We expect to add it back later this year for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
This experimental feature is one of my favourites as it enables me to unlock with Touch ID on my MacBook Pro and my Apple Watch on my iMac Pro. Given how popular this feature is, why are we temporarily removing it?
The approach we used to implement Desktop App Integration was quite reliable overall and met our expectations early in the beta. It had its edge cases as expected and we thought we’d be able to work through those with the existing architecture.
While we managed to make things more reliable over time we were unable to make it rock solid enough for an official release. There were some parts of the messaging protocol that made this especially tricky so we returned to the drawing board to find a better way.
We now have an architecture that we believe will allow us to handle all the edge cases we discovered during the beta testing process, as well as allowing us to bring this feature to Windows and Linux.
While I hesitate to recommend switching browsers as they are a deeply personal choice, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the inline menu is now available in Safari. This means you’ll be able to enjoy one of the best features of 1Password X within Safari and you’ll be able to unlock using Touch ID or your Apple Watch.
If you were using Desktop App Integration then you already have the beta of 1Password for Mac so all you need to do is open Safari and enable 1Password in the extension preferences.
Yes! Unlocking with Apple Watch is now possible in 1Password for Mac! If you have a Mac with a Secure Enclave (T1 or T2 chips, which most recent Macs have), you can enable this for your Apple Watch in the Preferences > Security window from within 1Password.
If things go according to plan we should have a new beta of 1Password X later this year with Desktop App Integration reborn, along with betas for Mac, Windows, and Linux to pair with it. 🤞
Thanks again for being part of our beta testing family and helping us prove out experimental features like Desktop App Integration. We definitely have a killer feature here and we all look forward to it returning stronger than ever. 💪