Apple has never been afraid to go against the system if at stake was the interest of its users. One of the most illustrative examples can be considered a lock tracking in Safari, which appeared with the release of iOS 11 and, as you can guess, prevented the tracking of users. Then advertisers have even begun to collect signatures to force Apple force of social coercion to remove from the browser threat feature, but the company was adamant – after all, it was about the safety of its customers. Who would have thought, more harmless feature would cause so much commotion.
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IOS 13 there are a special mechanismthat records all the surveillance applications for users. By and large, he appeared in order to let people know that the program accesses data about their current location, and give them the opportunity to forbid her to do it. Therefore, users will know which apps are tracking their movements and, importantly, why they do it, because Apple now require developers to explain their motives. It is only strange that limit their application in Cupertino do not give.
How Apple is hurting developers
Members of Congress drew attention to the fact that iOS 13 allows you to block tracking by any applications, except those, which the publisher is Apple. It turns out that Cupertino has established rules, which themselves do not obey, but demand their unconditional fulfillment from all the others. All this leads to the fact that Apple gets the advantage over independent developers, and thus violates the foundations of competition, and decided in Congress. Therefore, the company necessarily need to be tested, the results of which the decision will be made about the legality of using the mechanism that limits tracking.
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However, the problem is not just that. Apple without the knowledge of users have implemented in their devices function background find lost devices using the service “Locator”. His support came with the release of iOS 13, and he aimed at continuous scanning of the surrounding space in search of gadgets that are missing, with the subsequent transfer of the obtained information to the owner of the loss. Due to the developed infrastructure allows it to find lost devices, even if they are dead or not connected to the Network.
How does the Locator
Instead warn the user that their device is used to search for other devices pop-up window as required from independent developers, Apple has hidden the description of the service “Locator” in its user agreement. Of course, no one in their right mind would climb to re-read the rules of use of the app, and Cupertino understand it. Otherwise, the company would not have forced the developers to explain to users why they need information about their location.
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However, Apple representatives who were present at the meeting were limited only to General phrases, justifying the privileged position of their own applications. Instead of having to somehow be explained, they went off the topic and told me that are constantly in contact with the developers, given their interests and change their services so that they were easy to use not only the customers, but also to the creators of the content posted in the App Store. So-so explanation, agree?