Apple has released the second beta of the upcoming iOS 15.2 to registered developers. This update comes packed with changes and tweaks aimed at user privacy and security. These features include some that Apple had teased during the iOS 15 reveal at WWDC21. App Privacy Report, Communication Safety, a tweaked Notification Summary, and more will be available to the public within a month or two. Here’s everything that is new.
Hide My Email
The tech giant has brought a shortcut to Hide My Email inside the Mail app. Earlier, users could only access it through an iCloud setting in the iPhone settings app. You just have to select on the ‘Hide My Email,’ and it will generate a random email id.
With the second beta of iOS 15.2, Apple is enabling Communication Safety in Messages for children. The feature is designed to scan incoming messages on children’s devices for nudity, and it is opt-in and must be enabled by parents. It is limited to the accounts of children and is not the same as the CSAM functionality that Apple still has in development.
iPadOS TV app
In iPadOS 15, Apple has introduced a new design for the TV app. The TV app features a sidebar, which makes navigation between the various sections of the TV app simpler.
In iOS 15.2, there’s a dedicated “Store” tab in the TV app for accessing movies and TV shows that can be purchased. The new design and the addition of a Store tab may help separate Apple TV+ content from paid content, as the existing design has been confusing for some users.
Apple has added ‘Legacy Contact’s to iOS & iPadOS 15.2 beta 2, allowing users to add a contact from their list as a legacy person. The feature will let the designated legacy person access your Apple ID and data after you die. The person can also access your photos, messages, videos, notes, files, devices backup, and more. However, there’s a catch, and the iCloud Keychain Password will still not be accessible.
Find My Lost Item Scanning
In the Find My app, Apple has added a new option for “Items That Can Track Me.” Tapping on this allows users to search for nearby items that might be used to track their location.
When activated, the Unknown Items feature scans for anything that’s nearby, and will let users know either way if there’s a device that belongs to someone else nearby. If an item is detected, Apple offers instructions on how to disable the device so that it can no longer be used for tracking purposes.
There’s also a “Help Return Lost Items” option that also scans for nearby devices that might be lost, and it works similarly to the tracking scan. If a lost device is found, Apple provides instructions on how to find who it belongs to.