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WWDC 2021: Apple’s Biggest Updates In iOS 15

Apple used its annual developers conference to unveil forthcoming updates to its iPhone operating system, including new features around FaceTime, privacy and notifications.

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Privacy Enhancements

At WWDC 2021, Apple announced several new privacy controls that will be coming in iOS 15. One new feature is Mail Privacy Protection, which hides a user’s IP address and location from senders of emails—while also preventing senders from seeing if an email has been opened or not. Another new capability is the App Privacy Report, which provides users with an overview of how apps are treating privacy. The report shows how apps are using the permissions that users have granted—for instance, revealing how often apps have accessed information such as location, photos, microphone, camera and contacts during the past seven days. Additionally, the App Privacy Report shows which third-party domains the app has contacted.

Apple is also enhancing privacy related to use of the Siri voice assistant in iOS 15. By default, all audio will now be processed on the iPhone itself, eliminating any chance of unwanted audio recordings being made. The on-device speech recognition for Siri will also improve performance of the assistant while allowing users to make many requests, such as launching an app or controlling music, without an internet connection, Apple said.

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