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Apple is bringing iCloud Keychain to the PC via a Chrome extension

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  • A new update to iCloud for Windows suggests iCloud Keychain is coming to Chrome on PC.

Great news for Chrome fans.

Apple looks set to bring iCloud Keychain to Chrome on PC after an update to the Windows iCloud app pointed to a new extension being in the works.

First spotted by The 8-Bit, yesterday’s iCloud for Windows update mentions an iCloud Passwords extension for Chrome – an extension that doesn’t yet exist.

The update is a part of iCloud 12.0 on Windows. Once you update the iCloud app from the Microsoft Store, a Passwords section appears with the iCloud Keychain logo. When you click the Apply button, iCloud prompts with an option to download the “iCloud Passwords” Chrome extension.

The arrival of iCloud Keychain in Chrome would mark the first time the password management feature has appeared outside of a Mac, allowing users to make the most of it. Cross-platform support is something that the likes of 1Password and LastPass have long lauded over iCloud Keychain, but that could be something that changes in the very near future.

There’s no indication of when we can expect this new Chrome extension to be made available to the world, but it’s unlikely to be too far out given the fact Apple is talking about it in other apps.

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