1Password 3 Feature Spotlight: iPhone sync

Let’s be honest here: syncing 1Password with 1Password touch on your iPhone or iPod touch is pretty awesome. It’s easy to set up, secure, and hella fast. In fact, you may be wondering whether it’s possible to top our sync features in 1Password 3. With this post, I am happy to confirm that it is most certainly possible. But first, a little background.

When we released 1Password touch 2.0 earlier this year, we completely redesigned our Wi-Fi sync feature for iPhone and iPod touch. We greatly simplified the setup process and made it automatic, so anytime your Mac and iPhone are on the same network and you unlock 1Password touch on your device, a sync occurs without you needing to lift a finger.

Now in 1Password 3, you can lift a finger, if you want. Drawing some inspiration from iTunes, we built an entirely new syncing dashboard to give you more control over your device and what you sync. Setup is still super-simple, and by default, 1Password will automatically sync all of your Logins, Secure Notes, Wallet Items, and Software Licenses, as well as any folders that you organize them with.

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But what if you want to bring along only your work Logins, or your banking Logins? Now you can create a couple of folders in 1Password, organize your 1Password items in any way you want, and then select only those folders in our new iPhone sync dashboard. 1Password touch will sync just the items in those folders with 1Password on your Mac, allowing you to scale back to the bare essentials when you want. In fact, 1Password touch Pro will even organize items on your device according to the 1Password folders folders on your Mac as well, keeping you even more organized while on-the-go.

Of course, what would a redesigned iPhone sync dashboard be without a “replace everything on my device” option? If you ever need to start from scratch on your iPhone or iPod touch, or you just want to do some house cleaning, you can now easily perform a clean sync and replace everything on the device with your 1Password items and folders.

But wait, there will be more

Now we’ve heard that at least one or two of you would like to be able to sync 1Password touch on your i-device over the Internet, without having to be in the same room, or perhaps even the same country, as your Mac. On this topic I have good news and not-really-bad news and will, overall, add up to a smile on your face.

The good news is that we’re working really hard on a way to sync through “the cloud” using MobileMe or any standard WebDAV server. This means that MobileMe customers will be able to enjoy an effortless sync setup, and other users with their own compatible web hosts can get their advanced geekery on.

The not-really-bad news is that this sync won’t arrive with 1Password 3.0. This feature will take some time, and we have more work to do on the Agile Keychain and 1Password for both platforms in order to provide the awesome experience our users have come to expect. Instead of making a promise on this feature’s availability that we might not meet, I’ll just say it’s “coming soon.” It will be released in a free 3.x upgrade, and that’s about all we can talk about for now.

This about covers the new iPhone sync features in 1Password 3. Be sure to look back through our 1Password 3 Feature Spotlight series to see in-depth looks at other major features that are on their way, and stay tuned here on the blog for future posts as well.

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