While Apple didn’t add much to iOS 7 Golden Master (GM), which was released yesterday, it seems to have removed iCloud Keychain — a way to sync saved passwords across devices — from the build.
Beta builds of iOS 7 listed iCloud Keychain under iCloud preferences in the Settings app, but the GM build, you might have noticed, doesn’t have that option at all. Since the GM usually is the same build that goes out for public release, it seems likely that Apple ships the final release of iOS 7 without iCloud Keychain.
Even the updated iOS 7 feature page on Apple’s website lists the feature as “Coming Soon.”
Apple hasn’t given a clear reason as to why the feature was pulled from the (very likely) final build of iOS 7, but we assume it’s because the feature works in conjunction with OS X Mavericks, which isn’t releasing until October.
iCloud Keychain syncs your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers as entered in Safari to your Mac and other iOS 7 devices. This will help in autofilling login fields on Safari, which can be a tedious task on the iPhone’s small screen.
With another Apple event likely due in October for the iPad lineup refresh, we think Apple will release an update to iOS 7 that will add iCloud Keychain, fix bugs and improve stability around that time.