iOS 13: Security and Privacy Features Overview

Only a few weeks separate us from the official launch of Apple’s new iOS13, which will be introduced alongside the new iPhones, and will be named “iPadOS” for the new iPad (and will introduce some unique features compared to its iPhone OS counterpart).

What the new update introduces

It seems that Apple focused on new security and privacy features with iOS 13.

What does “improved privacy” mean?

For starters, you will be sent occasional reminders about apps that use your phone’s location. iOS 13 will let you know precisely which apps know where you are and grants you advanced control over how permissive you are when it comes to location sharing. When an app asks for your location, you get the option to allow it while using the app, allow it once or don’t allow it at all. This is big news for people who are concerned about their privacy.

Devices and apps that require the usage of Bluetooth connectivity get similar treatment, as you are requested to allow or deny permission to access Bluetooth for any app that tries to do so, meaning that your consent is actually needed.

New app name

“Find my” is the new name for an app that helps you find your friends and lost devices. The great fact about this app is that it also works offline, allowing you to send your location via Bluetooth, which is safely uploaded to Apple servers using other users’ iPhones as relays.

Signing in – redesigned

The new update also features Apple’s new sign-in option, which allows users to sign in using their own email address or private “relay” email addresses.

No more spam

There are new solutions added to avoid getting spam called: you can choose to send the spam caller straight to voicemail or fully ignore the call by default.

None of your business!

You can now disable metadata for your photos (when a photo is taken, the phone saves the precise location where it was shot, but now you can toggle that off).

Safari to the rescue

Safari now features anti-tracking tech, cutting down the risk of cross-site tracking or browser fingerprinting.


It appears that Apple finally realized how important your private data is to you and how you need to be able to choose when and where it gets shared. Hats off to them!

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