Despite breezing through many of the changes coming to iOS 13, Federighi chose to zoom in on some very interesting new privacy improvements that will be coming to iOS 13.
Firstly, Apple is locking down location tracking even tighter than before. A new option will allow users to choose to share their location with an app for only a single request, rather than opening it up more widely. This can be useful when an app just needs to locate a user for a very specific action, such as filling in an address field.
iOS 13 will also be adding alerts to let users now when an app is tracking them in the background, and Apple is also cracking down on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth access to prevent apps from trying to sneak in their own location tracking features that bypass iOS’ own security and privacy restrictions.
Apple is also adding a new privacy-focused Sign in with Apple feature as a replacement for the more invasive Facebook and Google sign-ins. Apple’s solution, which will also leverage Face ID, will not only allow users to sign in to third-party apps and services without revealing any private information, but also allow for selective sharing of email addresses and creation of random, private email addresses for each app. These will not only protect your real identity, but can easily be discarded at any time.