The statement came as the iPhones his customers carry in their pockets collect even more sensitive information. The company attempts to make privacy a key differentiator as it battles with Google and other rivals.
Camera and mic access notifications
IOS has long given users the capability to manage what apps can access the camera and mic. Now, Apple is going a step further. With iOS 14, users get a notification in real time anytime an app does take audio or video from a phone. It also gives a list after the point of apps that have lately accessed the mic or camera.
More granular control of stored photos
Before iOS 14, users had a twofold choice: either allow an app to enter the entirety of stored images or cancel it. Presently, users have an innovative option—will enable an app to enter one or more specific photos, while the remainder remains off-limits.
Control of apps that want to access local networks
Some apps have valid reasons to enter a local network. An instance is an app that communicates with a smart TV and uses Bluetooth to sense when the phone is closed. Plenty of times, however, apps have no valid reason for entering local networks. iOS 14 lets users reduce the practice.
Finer-grained control of location access
iOS users could either allow or deny location access to an app. This location can be specified right down to the physical address. Presently there’s a new option to give access to the proximate location. This helps a star-gazing app, for example, which requires a general idea of where you are but doesn’t need an exact location.
Copy and paste notification
iOS now implements a notification each time an app reaches the clipboard. This feature is helpful because clipboards usually store passwords, cryptocurrency wallet credentials, and other susceptible information. This feature is even more crucial now that iOS has access to the clipboards of nearby Macs attached to the same iCloud account.
Compromised password notifications
iOS now has access to a password database identified as endangered and alerts users any time a password stored in the Keychain password manager is on the list. Apple states it does this securely and privately, which doesn’t expose the user’s password even to Apple. The company doesn’t say precisely how this is done. It’s possible similar to the innovative cryptography behind Apple’s FindMy app, described by Wired.
New disclosure requirements for app developers
Effective with iOS 14, app developers must expose Apple’s privacy practices. Details needed to involve collecting location, contacts, purchases, browsing history, personal finances, and unique identifiers.
Better privacy when using Wi-Fi
It’s extraordinary that Apple is only now randomizing the MAC addresses Wi-Fi chips use to distinguish themselves from Wi-Fi access points. These fixed addresses can be useful in cases when an entrusted network wants to command what devices are allowed to connect, or to at least recognize those that are.