Safari 13 is awesome, but 1Password 6 users need to upgrade to enjoy it

Michael Fey by Michael Fey on

On Monday, Apple released the macOS Catalina public beta that includes a preview of Safari 13, which is set for release this fall. We’ve discovered there’s lots to love about Safari 13, but we’ve also learned that it will no longer work for customers using 1Password 6.

Those already using 1Password 7 are all set: 1Password 7 is ready for Safari 13, so you won’t miss a beat.

If you’re still using 1Password 6 in Safari, you don’t have to do anything immediately, but you’ll need to take action soon to prevent interruptions to your workflow when Safari 13 arrives.

1Password 7 supports Safari 13

The best way to experience Safari 13 is by using 1Password 7.

1Password 7 is included with every 1Password membership, and contains a ton of new features to help you organise and secure your life. A few highlights:

  • Watchtower can now tell you when items you’ve saved in 1Password – like credit cards, driver licenses and passports – are about to expire. Plus, it can tell you what sites support two-factor authentication, and whether or not you’ve enabled it.
  • 1Password mini is smarter, faster, and more helpful than ever. It suggests passwords for the apps on your Mac, not just when you’re browsing the web.
  • Everything has been entirely redesigned since 1Password 6, and that doesn’t just mean it looks fresh. The new sidebar makes it easier to switch between vaults and investigate security issues with your logins, and items now display the most important information front and center.

With a whole bunch of new ways to organize your life, 1Password 7 is the perfect companion to the speedy and secure Safari 13. 🙂

For those with a 1Password 6 license, we’re offering you your first 3 months of 1Password Families for free so you can test-drive a 1Password membership before Safari 13 lands on your Mac this fall.

Soldiering on with 1Password 6

1Password 6 will continue to work with other browsers. Safari lovers like myself won’t want to hear this one, but if you’re stuck and really can’t upgrade, you can still use 1Password 6 in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Vivaldi.

What’s changing

In previous versions of Safari, extensions were installed via the Safari Extensions Gallery. In Safari 13, the Safari Extensions Gallery is being replaced with Safari App Extensions.

It’s great Apple is doing this as Safari App Extensions are faster, lighter and more secure. They run through native Mac apps, meaning they put much less strain on memory and CPU performance. Plus, they’re less vulnerable to security exploits like man-in-the-middle attacks. And, as the extensions are bundled right in with the apps you download, you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues, or downloading the wrong extension by mistake.

1Password 6 was retired over a year ago and, as an older app, it still relies on an extension from the Safari Extensions Gallery. Safari 13 offers a better browsing experience all round, but to embrace the new, we have to let go of the old.

In addition to its inclusion in macOS Catalina, we expect Safari 13 to also be released as an update for everyone using macOS High Sierra and Mojave, so we’d recommend making plans now as this is very likely to affect you.

We’ll be discussing this change over on our forum, so be sure to join us if you’d like to learn more!

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