iCloud Keychain Removed in iOS 7 GM

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple appears to have removed iCloud Keychain support from the iOS 7 Golden Master (GM), which was seeded to developers yesterday. While iCloud preferences previously listed iCloud Keychain, the option has now been removed, suggesting that the initial public release of iOS 7 will not include the function.

    iCloud Keychain is also newly tagged as "Coming soon" on Apple's iOS 7 feature page and while it is unclear why it has been removed from the GM, it is likely that Apple has chosen to provide the feature alongside OS X Mavericks, which is slated to be released later this year.

    First introduced at WWDC, iCloud Keychain is Apple's new cross-device password manager, designed to share and store passwords across all of Apple's products running iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. In addition to passwords, iCloud Keychain also stores website logins, credit card information, and Wi-Fi networks.

    While Mavericks will not be available until later in the fall, iOS 7 will be released to the public on September 18, ahead of the release of both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.

    Article Link: iCloud Keychain Removed in iOS 7 GM
  2. macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    Glad it's still 'coming soon' and not cancelled!
  3. macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2009
    Scranton, PA
    Well that's a bummer! I was just starting to really use that! :mad:
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    If it isn't ready for primetime, then it isn't ready. For something as significant as passwords, I'd rather they get it right the first time than rush out something to make a deadline.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2009
    Makes sense it's more of a mavericks feature anyway
  6. macrumors regular


    Jan 29, 2008
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Probably won't see it until the release of Mavericks.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2004
    It kind of makes no sense without Mavericks. I think it'll appear via a minor update on the day Mavericks is publicly released.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Very interested in this feature... I have been using 1Password for all my passwords for years now... only downfall i see to this is that it doesn't work on PC's
  9. macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    The fingerprint thing would seem to make this walking obsolete. But guess that is hardware only. And sites still require passwords
  10. macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2006
    about 3 meters from here. *points*
    A little irked, but then again I suppose for passwords I would prefer they take their time.

    At the same time though, I have to admit that working hard on security, passwords and fingerprints during a time when more and more news of the level to which the NSA has been utilizing those resources really diminishes the impact of those advances.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2007
    This is one feature that I am really looking forward to. I wish it would at least allow me to sync between my iPad & iPhone until they have mavericks ready, but I understand if they need to release both at the same time.

    Hopefully both will be ready soon.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2005
    Protip: Don't store them in the cloud.
  13. macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2006
    about 3 meters from here. *points*
    You can't login to Netflix, your bank, or any of a million other places with your fingerprint at the moment, so no, it won't.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    I've run iOS 7 since the first beta but this was something I left off and intended on leaving off until it was final.

    Too risky to use a beta password manager. IMHO at least.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2011
    I'm sure they're waiting until Mavericks for that. A 7.1 beta for developers will probably be out at some point soon to continue testing it. My guess is that 7.1, Mavericks, and the new iPads will all launch at the same time. Maybe the Mac Pros too.
  16. macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2008
    Little Rock, AR
    They have a PC version, I have been using it at work for over a year and a half.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2010
    In the present
    It's somewhat expected, to me. I've been using both Mavericks and iOS 7 since DP2, and there's been a lot of issues with resets and automatic disabling. Having upgraded both devices (Air & iPad mini) at once and having to re-enable iCloud keychain led to a required reset since I didn't have an active device with it enabled on it. This was both frustrating and required a silly workaround (upgrading one at a time and re-activating before updating the other device). It would be especially messy if someone only had one device, as you were resetting every update (thus losing all your "secure" passwords you can't remember).

    In the latest update to Mavericks, it now has you enter a 4-digit pin so you can reactivate it on same devices. This fixes the biggest problem, but I can see how Apple would much rather introduce it side-by-side with Mac and iOS devices as it affects your usage on both. Imagine using Keychain-provided passwords on your iOS device, and then not being able to sign in on your Mac. Definite problem.
  18. macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2012
    Boston, MA
    I thought this with fingerprint access would be the killer feature of iOS 7. I'm frankly baffled that they didn't make a bigger deal out of this.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Prince Edward Island, Canada
    It would make sense for Apple to hold off on this feature until Mavericks. I am not concerned.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2012
    I've been running into a number of websites that says "this site has asked iCloud not to store your password", which makes it impossible to use the keychain feature anyway. I wonder if they've been facing pushback from external sources?
  21. macrumors 68030


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Your fingerprint will be your password to the 'keychain' of all your other passwords, including Netflix, your bank, etc. Much like 1password works (but with a fingerprint password instead of a text password)

    So, yes, you will be able to get into Netflix/your bank with your fingerprint.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Apr 12, 2012
    They need more time to put the NSA backdoor in.
  23. macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I was reffereing to the iCloud Keychain.... I use 1Password on my iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC's

    I think a password manager has to be cross platform for it to really work.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2006
    After their developer program breach I'm a little uneasy storing such information with them anyway.
  25. macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    A launch along side OS X Mavs AND further refinement of incorporation of Touch ID with the keychain I'd wager are the key reasons for the delay.

    No biggie - glad it's still coming soon! Looks like a nifty feature. My mortgage company will sure appreciate it since I call them every month because I forgot my password....:p

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