The new release also includes updates to Apple Wallet to let users store keys for places like their home, work, or at participating locations like Hyatt hotels. Users will also be able to store state IDs within their phone (within participating states) and eventually use it to move through security checkpoints at US airports.
Emails are not as private as you might think. Most marketing emails contain hidden pixel-sized images that know when you’ve opened an email. These trackers also collect information about you, including your IP address, which can be used to infer your location. Some browser extensions already block these invisible email trackers. But Apple said it’s bringing privacy features to the Mail app, which will make it more difficult for emails — and ad trackers — from knowing which emails you’ve opened.
Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, requires the internet to work, but will soon work offline. Apple said Siri will soon process speech on the device so that audio never leaves the device. Apple said this will help prevent unwanted audio recording, but will also help make Siri respond to requests faster.
Apple also has a few new security and privacy features baked into its new iCloud+ premium service, including private relay, which encrypts your Safari internet traffic. As part of its new premium iCloud+ service, Apple is also rolling out private relay browsing, which encrypts your Safari traffic and routes it so that it’s more difficult to track which websites you visit. TechCrunch’s Romain Dillet has more.
There are plenty of authenticator apps, like Authy and Duo, which let you generate stronger two-factor codes for your online accounts than codes sent by text message — iOS 15 also bakes in its own authenticator for the first time.
iOS 15 is set to be publicly available in coming fall with developer betas already released and public betas coming sometime in July.