Following the release of the new iPhone 11 on 10th September, Forbes reports a range of new security features expected to be included in the accompanying iOS 13 update.
The new iOS will reportedly be rolled out shortly after the release of iPhone 11, with a range of security improvements aimed at bolstering user privacy.
In view of the massive data privacy issues faced by Facebook and Google over the past year, Apple is trying to position itself as the big tech company that cares about privacy.
Among the new features expected, iOS 13 will not let apps run VoIP in the background – meaning the operating system will not allow apps to remain active in the background when programs are not actively in use. This has largely been viewed as a blow by Apple to Facebook and WhatsApp. Companies behind such apps say they need to run in the background due to connectivity issues, however this is when information is collected about what a user is doing on their device, Forbes reports.
The new iOS will also set to send alerts to users about apps that track location. Apple will reportedly take a proactive approach by periodically issuing pup-ups on the home screen as a reminder about which apps are tracking a user’s location and how frequently this is happening.
Forbes reports that the feature will even show users a map of where they have been tracked, including the option of whether to allow or limit it.
In keeping with location-themed security measures, the new iOS will also allow users to give permission for an app to receive location services in one instance. This has been done in the case where an app requires a user’s location in order to function properly, but the feature will then prevent it from following the user’s location while the app is no longer active.