Apple has recently released iOS 15, a brand new operating system for your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. While there are plenty of flashy new features available, there are also some added privacy features that most people don’t know about. Here are the most important iOS 15 privacy features explained.
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Apple is doing it’s best to position its devices and it’s operating system as the best in terms of privacy. And yes, that’s even in spite of the recent uproar about its child protection measures.
New Apple iOS 15 Privacy Features
As part of the new iOS 15 update, they have released a number of new privacy features that attempt to build and reinforce your privacy on a number of levels.
These features include:
- Siri Requests Processed On-Device: From now on, the requests you make with Siri will not be recorded and uploaded to Apple’s servers. Now, all requests will be processed on the device itself, which means not only added security, but also the ability to use Siri even when your internet is spotty.
- Mail Privacy Protection: Apple will now load all emails and images on a proxy server before you download it to your Apple Mail app. This means that senders can no longer track your IP address or know even if you’ve opened the email at all.
- Hide My Email: When you give out your email address online, you now have the option to have Apple create a random email address that forwards to your actual email address. You now control what gets forwarded and can easily deactivate it.
- Private Relay: Similar in different ways to a VPN or Tor, Private Relay is a feature which hides your destination from Apple while hiding your identifying information from the website you visit.
- Secure Paste: Apps can no longer snoop on your clipboard without your consent.
- App Privacy Report: Track how apps on your phone or iPad use your camera, microphone, or even send info to other websites.
While not all of these privacy features are free (some require an iCloud+ subscription), they are all immediately available to anyone who upgrades to iOS 15.
Check it out and see for yourself!