Apple will offer a deceptively large upgrade in iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4 and macOS 12.3


Apple is preparing a deceptively large upgrade in iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4, and macOS 12.3. It’s an enhancement to iCloud Keychain, where you can keep your passwords and other secure information up-to-date across all your Apple devices: Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

iCloud Keychain remembers things, so you don’t have to. It automatically fills in your information – like your Safari usernames and passwords, credit card numbers and expiration dates (without storing or autofilling the security code), Wi-Fi passwords, Internet accounts, etc on any Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod. touch you approve.

David Phelan for Forbes:

You’ll know about iCloud Keychain, even if you don’t think so. This is the system where when you need to login to a website, you see the box turn yellow and the username and password automatically fill in the fields. It’s awesome.

Except that sometimes it only saves the password, leaving you struggling to remember the username the next time you visit.

Well, the good news is that with iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4, and macOS 12.3, if you create a new password, but Safari can’t tell exactly what username goes with it, a pop-up menu will ask you to ‘enter username. It will say “To save this password, enter your account username.”

Simple, huh? And while that may seem like a minor change, it’s deceptively significant and will deliver a big step forward in convenience.

MacDaily news note: A single dialog can make all the difference.

If you haven’t already enabled it, enable iCloud Keychain on your Mac:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences
  2. Click Apple ID, then click iCloud in the sidebar. In macOS Mojave or earlier, click iCloud.
  3. Select Keychain.*

If you choose “Approve later” when signing in to your Apple ID, you must approve with an old password or from another device when prompted. If you are unable to approve, reset your end-to-end encrypted data when prompted.

To turn on iCloud Keychain on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Tap Settings, tap [your name]then choose iCloud.
  2. Tap Keychain.*
  3. Swipe to turn on iCloud Keychain. You may be asked for your password or Apple ID password.

*On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 13 or later, or on your Mac with macOS Catalina or later, two-factor authentication is required to enable iCloud Keychain. If you haven’t set it up yet, you’ll be prompted to upgrade to two-factor authentication.

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