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Apple releases iCloud 12.5 for Windows with new password manager

The Windows users may use the new password manager to access their iCloud Keychain credentials and add, modify, copy and paste, remove, and search up usernames and passwords.

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Washington D.C., First Published Aug 17, 2021, 11:52 AM IST
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In a recent development, Apple released a new version of its iCloud for Windows app. The most recent update, version 12.5, introduces a new iCloud Keychain password manager for Windows users.  The Windows users may use the new password manager to access their iCloud Keychain credentials and add, modify, copy and paste, remove, and search up usernames and passwords. Apple published an upgraded version of iCloud for Windows in January, hinting at a new password app. However, the Cupertino-based behemoth is already integrating the functionality.

The new iCloud password extensions for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome operate in conjunction with the new password manager, allowing iCloud passwords to be auto-filled on a Windows system in the same way as Safari does. 

Users' usernames and passwords are immediately uploaded to the Passwords app. According to the firm, Apple iCloud keychain credentials on Windows are stored in an encrypted database. Passwords are not saved in clear text and are sent to the browser extension over an encrypted channel. iCloud for Windows Passwords is included in iCloud for Windows 12.5. The programme is available for download through the Microsoft Store. The iCloud for Windows software allows Windows users to access their iCloud files, photographs, emails, and other content from Windows devices.

Apple has lately been under fire for its new policy on child sex abuse. The firm has stated that it will examine customers' iCloud photographs to prevent child sex abuse. The firm has been chastised for the privacy issues raised by the company's new policy. According to media reports, the debate has spread to Apple's ranks, with staff discussing the decision in hundreds of messages on an internal chat channel.

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