Apple Just Made it Easier to Get Away with Sneaky Stuff - Latest Global News

Apple Just Made it Easier to Get Away with Sneaky Stuff

For years, Apple has been trying Data protection is a central part of the brandThe key word here is “attempted” because several investigations (including one from Gizmodo) have shown that the company does not always keep its ambitious data protection promises. As part of its annual Worldwide Developer ConferenceApple has introduced several new features designed to provide improved digital protection for macOS, iOS, and iPadOS users.

One feature that is sure to be popular is a new widget that allows you to “lock” and/or hide mobile apps. Locking an app will lock it from external inspection and the only way to unlock it is via a person’s facial recognition. This feature also allows users to hide Apps by hiding them in a hidden folder. Hidden apps can also be locked, making them virtually inaccessible to outsiders.

This feature seems potentially useful, but also kind of funny, as it seems so intentionally designed to let users get away with shady things. Want to cheat on your wife? Hide Tinder with App Lock! Want to sell drugs, but also maintain a semblance of respectability on your phone screen? Try App Lock! It’s also worth noting that Android phones have already offered identical function for years.

The more technically impressive privacy feature that Apple introduced on Monday is related to the newly announced artificial intelligence system. Apple Debut of Apple Intelligence (or AI) on Monday a new generative AI suite that leverages the data on a user’s phone, tablet or computer to offer automated assistance. But the company acknowledged the invasive potential of this technology, as it relies on the totality of a user’s mobile digital activity to automate it.

“You shouldn’t have to give up every detail of your life to be stored and analyzed in someone’s AI cloud,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, during his presentation of the new system. Federighi claims that Apple’s new AI models offer “powerful privacy” by Data processing “on the device”, This means that the data is not passed on to Apple, but remains in circulation on the user’s phone or computer. “A cornerstone of Apple Intelligence is on-device processing, and many of the models that drive it run entirely on the device,” said the Company says.

For more complicated, power-intensive models that require more processing power, Apple says it offers something called Private Cloud Compute, a system that interacts with Apple’s cloud but doesn’t store user data and protects the data with cryptographic defenses. Impressively, Apple has said it wants “independent experts” to review this new feature and make sure it offers the promised protection. Since much is still unknown about Private Cloud Compute and the other privacy features Apple just unveiled, an external audit seems like a good idea.

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