For the past several years, Apple has made it a mission to bake privacy into all of its products, with Apple CEO Tim Cook stating that privacy is a fundamental human right. Last year it added some great new privacy features in iOS 13, and the changes in iOS 14 this year make it clear that it’s not done yet.
You may have already heard about the new iOS 14 feature that will let you know when third-party apps are peeking at your clipboard — something that’s already caught a few in the act even as of the very first developer beta. However, Apple is doing a lot of other little things that add up to better privacy for everyone involved.
For example, you’ll no longer need to open up your entire photo library to third-party apps when you simply want to share a single picture, and you’ll also be able to share your approximate location, since many apps for services like news and weather don’t need your exact address, but just need to know in general what city or neighbourhood you’re in.
Apple is also improving privacy under the hood in ways that you won’t necessarily see, such as restricting the ability of apps to scan your Wi-Fi network to find other devices, as well as randomizing your Wi-FI hardware address to prevent businesses from tracking your iPhone when you walk into range of their Wi-Fi networks.