AgileBits releases all-new 1Password 7 for Mac

“How do you store your passwords?” Chris Wiles reports for BetaNews. “The wisest solution is to put your trust into a password manager and there are few better than 1Password. We use this across our various devices and have never had an issue. We possibly put too much faith in the tool as we store all our important data, including secure notes, passport details and much more. But having all this information within one secure vault makes it easy to retrieve the data, on demand, on any device.”

“1Password 7 for Mac is here and it’s a huge update,” Wiles reports. “The UI has had a modern makeover, with a new sidebar, icons and a clearer custom font, Courier Prime Bits, which was designed so you can clearly see the difference between the characters in your passwords. ”

“1Password 7 for Mac is available now as either a standalone product for $69.99 (but reduced to $49.99 during launch),” Wiles reports. “Alternatively, you might find purchasing a personal subscription better value at $2.99/month, with a family option suitable for up to 5 members at $4.99/month.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We use Apple’s iCloud Keychain and Keychain Access extensively and recommend Apple macOS and iOS users do so, too.

Always use unique passwords and use Apple’s Keychain Access and iCloud Keychain to create and manage them. When used properly, it works like a dream.

iCloud Keychain: How to use Apple’s password manager for Macs, iPhones and iPads – February 13, 2018
A comprehensive guide to Apple’s very useful iCloud Keychain – January 4, 2017
Apple’s built-in Keychain vs. 1Password or LastPass – April 29, 2016


  1. ½ Star rating from me. Here’s why:

    AgileBit’s marketing has become IMHO abusive, deliberately hiding the fact that 1Password can still, as ever, be purchased with a single user license, no monthly subscription required. Version 7 costs $49.99. There is no upgrade pricing. The standard cost is supposedly “$64.99”, but there’s nothing available stating that as fact except the Purchase page within the developer site version of the app, once you’ve dodged and leapt over all the barriers to get to that page.

    I wrote up a lengthy, detailed examination of exactly what’s going on with the IMHO obfuscated, deceptive and contradictory 1Password pricing for both the App Store version and the developer’s site version. It’s posted over at MacUpdate on the 1Password page. It will walk you through all the deception AgileBits’ marketing has perpetrated so you can actually know your buying options, if you even want to bother with the app:

    After testing both new versions of 1Password 7 I was disgusted and reverted back to version 6.8.9, which works great for me, no subscription wanted or needed. It’s 64-bit and is likely to survive the upcoming upgrade to macOS 10.14.x. Yes, I’ve talked directly with AgileBits about their marketing situation. No improvements resulted. I find this intensely sad. I never enjoy watching good companies with good software go bad. (;_;) 👎🤢😿

    In better news, a great new update of PopChar to version 8.3 is available. Now there’s a 5 star app! 💞

    1. What’s a good replacement/alternative?

      BitWarden. I’ve just begun testing this FREE open source password manager. I’m impressed with the ongoing work they’re doing, including the provision of extensions/add-ons for all the major web browsers, including Safari. It’s an up and comer. Please take a look.

      LastPass. There’s a minimal free version. If you want the Premium version, sadly, they’re also shoving users over to a fee plan of $2 per month if billed annually. The family plan for 6 users is $4 per month if billed annually. The billing plans are cheaper than 1Password. But I don’t do monthly billing plans for software. But it’s an alternative.

    2. I’ve similar experiences with agilebits over the years, they started with great success which seems to have led to an arrogance and stinginess, reminiscent of intuit and others, guess it’s time finally make a switch

    3. Thanks for the info Derek and I totally agree. While I’ve loved using Agilebits I’ve noticed they’ve become more and more interested in selling subscriptions. I guess thats where the entire industry is headed with SaaS and monthly billing. Its disappointing and this may be what eventually pushes me to just exclusively use iCloud Keychain instead. Keychain seems to work well although the UI and functionality could be much better.

      1. I took Agilebits to task on their facebook page about the stupid subscription service and hiding their vault options. It’s the hard sell. They were unapologetic for their deception.

    4. You can’t blame developers for wanting a steady revenue stream. Developing this stuff and upgrading it is after all expensive. And buying the full licence isn’t a problem, you just click that you want a full licence. Whether you think the price is reasonable, with no upgrade is debatable. It’s expensive yes, but this is the sort of software that breaks from time to time when Apple upgrades Safari or Google upgrades Chrome or Mozilla upgrades etc, and at least for me is extremely useful. You can certainly stick with V6 for now, but at some point something will break it, then you’ll have to bite the bullet.

      1. No. I’ve pointed this out quite clearly and adequately. It is indeed a problem if anyone simply wants a single user license. Never have I seen anyone go to such extreme and convoluted lengths to hide a purchasing option. It’s abusive marketing, entirely deliberate. I say this having talked to them directly about this situation. They Don’t Care. They’re no ONLY about the money advantage (to them!) of their subscription plan. To Hell With The Customers. That is the full communication inherent in their bad marketing strategy. It’s customer disrespect. It’s more of the same old spirit of the age of ‘screw thy customer’ that’s been blatantly going on in the USA since the turn of this century. Obviously, the worst embodiment of that parasitic attitude was the 2007/2008 ‘Great’ Recession, from which we all still suffer.

        As for the quality of the software itself, 1Password 7 has nice new features and perks. From what I can tell, AgileBits’ development team has not yet suffered from the tragedy that is Marketing As Management. But from my experience, it will. Again, that makes me sad. 🙁

        As for pricing, that’s up to them and what the market will bear. But hiding from the world the supposed real price of 1Password 7 then creating the illusion that the $50 price saves $15 is outrageous. Again, deceitful, manipulative, disrespectful, IMHO.

        My advice to AgileBits: Tar and feather your marketing manager and blast him/her into the sun on a rocket. They’re ruining the company’s reputation. I’m bringing that ruination to light. 🌥🌦🌤☀

        Let’s hope AgileBits recovers. Let’s hope this bad marketing strategy isn’t a disease vector that infects further companies.

  2. Have been using 1PW since launch and it supports all platforms to include Android and Windows.
    If anyone from AgileBits is lurking, I hope you extend the support to Apple TV. iOS and 1PW do not play well together when iOS is used to enter PW for Apple TV.

    1. There is additional functionality in 1PW including ability to sync without iCloud enabled, support for Windows, and being able to secure things like notes, identities, license keys, etc. I do work for a couple large companies that disable iCloud on their network….so I need to use 1PW and sync over wifi.

      They syncing with keychain seems to work fine about 98% of time….but sometimes it gets messed up causing you to have to delete and reset passwords, etc.

  3. Apple keychain is a sad joke. Lacks features, it not easy to update passwords, etc. etc.. I change passwords on a site and immediately 1PW asks if I want to update my stored password.

    Change passwords with Apple key chain. It does nothing and keeps the old password.

    Apple should buy some company or just get rid of the keychain.

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