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Tag Archive for ‘AgileBits’

Not Important Enough ➝

Jason Snell, writing on Six Colors:

What’s really causing all this consternation, I think, isn’t 1Password moving to Electron. Electron is a bit of a bogeyman. The root problem is this: 1Password, originally a Mac-forward software developer, has simply decided that the Mac isn’t important enough.

I know that those are harsh words, and that the people at AgileBits would argue with them. But in a blog post by Michael Fey, AgileBits’s VP of Engineering for Client Apps, the company laid out its entire development strategy. It’s a post meant to explain what the company is up to and tamp down a lot of angry hot takes (and probably should’ve been posted the moment it announced the Mac beta).

Fey’s post clearly spells out AgileBits’s priorities. Android and iOS apps are built with native platform frameworks in order to create the best app experience possible on mobile. For iOS, AgileBits decided to use Apple’s new SwiftUI framework rather than the venerable UIKit, in order to skate “to where the puck was going.” Their plan was to use SwiftUI on the Mac, too. In doing so, AgileBits was buying into the vision Apple has for SwiftUI as a tool to build interfaces across all of Apple’s platforms. Unfortunately, it seems that SwiftUI didn’t measure up on the Mac

It’s a shame that AgileBits is no longer going to be developing a native 1Password app for Mac. But given the state Apple’s relationship with developers and the rise of Electron usage, it sort of feels like moving to electron actually is “skating to where to puck is going”.

➝ Source: sixcolors.com

Apple to Deploy 1Password to Employees ➝

Jonathan Geller, reporting for BGR:

According to our source, after many months of planning, Apple plans to deploy 1Password internally to all 123,000 employees. This includes not just employees in Cupertino, but extends all the way to retail, too. Furthermore, the company is said to have carved out a deal that includes family plans, giving up to 5 family members of each employee a free license for 1Password. With more and more emphasis on security in general, and especially at Apple, there are a number of reasons this deal makes sense. We’re told that 100 Apple employees will start using 1Password through this initiative starting this week, with the full 123,000+ users expected to be activated within the next one to two months.

This is a big deal for sure, but let’s not put the cart before the horse when it comes to acquisitions. There’s quite a bit of information within this report regarding Apple deploying 1Password to employees, but there isn’t much evidence to say with certainty that an acquisition is in the works.

Here’s the relevant paragraph:

AgileBits’ annual revenue is said to be around the $5 million to $10 million range, and our source told us the company would most likely sell for two to three times revenue. Could Apple just be kicking the tires before diving in? Possibly, but it would seem unlikely at this point. Either this deal is the actual acquisition, structured in a way that provides additional annual revenue for a set number of years, or there’s something else going on. Jeff Shiner, the CEO of AgileBits, was overheard talking about the “Apple acquisition” in the glass conference room in the company’s Toronto office recently, but we have no firm details on what the context was or any specifics of the potential deal. We have reached out to both Apple and AgileBits for comment.

This might be the beginnings of an acquisition, but given the evidence presented, the claim is a bit weak. I think it would be wise for BGR to add “may be” to their headline.

However, if this is the beginnings of an acquisition and it goes half as well as their purchase of Workflow, it’s going to be great for users of Apple products.

Update: AgileBits has denied rumors that an acquisition is in the works through their 1Password Twitter account:

Rumours of my acquisition are completely false. My humans and I are happily independent and plan to remain so.

1Password for Families ➝

Dave Teare, writing on AgileBits’ weblog:

Families are near and dear to our hearts, so we wanted to find a way to make 1Password affordable and accessible for all families everywhere.

Today, I’m happy to announce that we succeeded! We’ve created a special plan with an amazing price just for families, and we went even further by making it easier than ever for families to use 1Password.