IOS 16.1—Brilliant New IPhone Privacy Feature Arriving Any Minute Now
Apple's iOS 16.1 update is arriving every minute , along with tons of great new iPhone features. One of the coolest updates in iOS 16.1 gives you fine-grained control over your privacy with a new menu that lets you copy and paste from other apps.
The iOS 16.1 feature is the result of an annoying bug introduced in iOS 16 as part of a new privacy feature . This feature is designed to restrict access to your data. This feature requires apps to get permission before they can paste text from other apps into the iPhone's clipboard.
However, some iPhone users saw the command so often that it became annoying and forced Apple to fix the problem in iOS 16.0.2. The iPhone maker has since released iOS 16.0.3 , and on Monday, October 24, the next iOS version is expected to be iOS 16.1.
In true Apple fashion, the iPhone maker has improved the copy and paste functionality in iOS 16.1. iOS 16.1 privacy settings include a new Paste from other apps menu, which shows apps that previously asked for permission in Settings > [app] > Paste from other apps.
The menu offers three options: Ask - the application should still ask for permission to paste content from other applications; Deny – the application cannot paste content from other applications; and Allow - The app can paste content from other apps without asking for permission again.
Too many notifications can be annoying, but the functionality of the notification is important for your privacy. "Many applications are attached to the clipboard without permission, which is very worrying, as sensitive information such as passwords or card details can be extracted without permission," says Jake Moore, Global CyberSecurity Advisor at ESET.
"This often happens when I open an application and there is no way to avoid it," he warned.
The iOS 16.1 feature is really cool because it allows you to control your privacy without the hassle of constant requests. In fact, the iOS 16.1 menu reminds me of the app tracking transparency and app privacy report already available on the iPhone.
A nice iPhone privacy feature is Security Checker, which lets you see the permissions granted to various iPhone apps. Why not try iOS 16.1 while you wait?