Apple seems to have pulled the iCloud update numbered version 12 that brings support for the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension.
Currently, the latest downloadable version of iCloud on the Microsoft App Store is 188.8.131.52, which is a downgrade from the version 12 that was available yesterday. This is despite the fact that the description for the iCloud app on the Microsoft Store still mentions support for the iCloud Passwords extension.
It’s unclear why Apple pulled off the update. But the host of user-reported issues with the extension could be a reason.
Apparently, ever since the iCloud 12 update which enabled support for the iCloud Passwords extension, users had been facing problems with the extension including faulty implementation of two-factor authentication and the plugin not working altogether.
Today, users started reporting on the iCloud Passwords extension page on the Chrome Web Store that the latest version of iCloud that supports the extension isn’t available anymore from the Microsoft Apple Store.
A possible explanation for the withdrawal of the iCloud 12 update could be that Apple is working to fix these problems and doesn’t want users to continue using it until then as these issues could potentially risk security.
Apple originally launched the iCloud Passwords extension on January 31, 2021, for Chrome users on Windows 10. The extension allows users to autofill passwords saved on iCloud Keychain to websites they access on Chrome on their Windows PCs.
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