Apple's iCloud Keychain Feature Removed in iOS 7 GM
Apple seems to have removed iCloud Keychain support from the iOS 7 Golden Master (GM), which was recently seeded to developers. While iCloud preferences previously listed iCloud Keychain, the option has been removed, suggesting that the initial public release of iOS 7 will not include this function. The iCloud Keychain feature was newly tagged as “coming soon” on Apple’s iOS 7 feature page and while it isn’t clear why it has been removed from the GM, it is likely that Apple has chosen for it to be provided alongside OS X Mavericks, which is set to release later this year.
For those of you who don’t know, iCloud Keychain was first introduced at WWDC and is Apple’s new cross-device password manager, designed to share and store passwords across all of Apple’s products running iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. In addition to passwords, iCloud Keychain also stores website logins, credit card information, and Wi-Fi networks.
Although Mavericks won’t be available until later in the fall, iOS 7 is set to be released to the public on September 18, ahead of the release of both the recently announced products: the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.