WWDC 2018 Thoughts and What’s New for Codebook


All last week we were following the news coming out of Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference, where they cover all the changes they’ll be making to the operating systems, frameworks, and apps we use all the time, along with new features and technologies. Right on schedule with WWDC are betas for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, and we need to keep a close eye on what’s new for our password manager Codebook. Apple posts the session videos soon after they happen as the conference rolls on, so we spent the week reviewing them and trying out the new APIs for the first time, as well as the latest version of Xcode (there’s a pretty decent viewing guide here if you are interested.)

Thankfully, it looks like the work we need to do to make Codebook compatible with the latest OS versions will be pretty minimal, mostly focused on improvements. There’s some pretty cool stuff coming in that regard!

Dark Mode in Mojave

We’re already hard at work adapting Codebook for macOS to support the fantastic new Dark Mode in macOS Mojave. In fact, the work is a pleasure to do, and is leading to some really nice general improvements to the app, whether you use Dark Mode on your Mac or the traditional light Aqua interface.

AutoFill on iOS 12

Oh you bet we’re doing this! It’s a no-brainer, and I suspect every other password manager will be implementing it, too. If you don’t know what I’m referring to: iOS 12’s new Password AutoFill behavior supports third party password managers like Codebook. Even better, the new app extension provided to do this expects an implementation that’s quite a bit like what we’ve already achieved in Find in Codebook, our Action extension for filling out forms in Safari on iOS. Now we’ll be able to bring that capability to every app you work with on iOS! Ideally, you’ll never have to copy anther password to the pasteboard, or exit the app you’re signing into just to look up your password.

We’re really curious to hear what you think about the latest versions of macOS and iOS. Do you plan on using Dark Mode? Are you excited about the new Password AutoFill features in iOS 12? Would you use it with Codebook?