Most of us know that Apple access data from our iPhone, iPad, and other iOS devices and this has been shown with their new maps feature in iOS 6 that can deliver real-time traffic information from anonymous iOS data. Then we have apps that can access our personal information that is tied to us and not anonymous, which under some circumstances has seen Apple come under fire from Congress in the past.
We are starting to get more information about the next OS now that iOS 6 beta is being dissected in more detail following WWDC, and one MacRumors article points out how security has been stepped up in iOS 6. It looks like apps within iOS 6 will need “explicit user permission” before they can access certain data, which includes information from Photos, Reminders, Calendars, and Contacts.
Thanks to Apple’s growth with the iPad and iPhone it has come under increased pressure, which has focused on Apple’s privacy practices. This has led to certain US Senator’s asking for more understandable and clearer privacy policies, although this has also included other brands like Google as well. The image below shows changes made within the Data Privacy of iOS 6 release notes.
While iOS 6 is currently only in beta and not expected to release until Fall sometime, it is nice to see security being heightened considering mobile devices are becoming more of a target following massive growth, which will see hackers focus less on traditional computers and more on mobile devices.
Are you happy to see these changes in iOS 6, and would you consider antivirus for a mobile phone in the future?
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