updated 01:15 pm EDT, Mon April 23, 2012
Evidence of password tech in Safari 5.2 beta
Apple is working on more comprehensive password technology for Safari in OS X Mountain Lion, code in the Safari 5.2 beta is said to show. The beta already contains a visible "Passwords" pane under app preferences, but this simply displays passwords which are saved to Keychain Access. Buried in the beta's code is a reference to password generation: "Safari can automatically suggest and remember unique, secure passwords for websites you choose," one string reads.
Password sync may also be returning to Apple devices. The option previously existed under MobileMe and .Mac, but was stripped out with the arrival of iCloud. Going into Mountain Lion's iCloud sync settings, though, displays "Safari" as a setting, in place of one that only reads "Bookmarks" under Lion. This suggests a broader focus, though current developer builds of Mountain Lion still only sync bookmarks and tabs.
The finished version of Mountain Lion is scheduled to ship sometime this summer. So far there is no sign of any similar code in iOS, though Apple has yet to release developer builds for something like iOS 5.2.