Important Updates From The Apple Announcement: macOS Monterey Version

Monday’s Apple Announcement On The New macOS Software Update

Apple’s newest software update announcement featured the new macOS Monterey update! Here is a quick review of the important information given and the privacy settings featured.

Privacy Settings

Privacy and keeping all your information secured is the most important with technology today.   Apple continues to keep your information safe with all new features that will allow not only your information hidden, but some accounts as well!

Hide My Email

In our previous blog post about iOS 15, Apple has released a feature that we can all enjoy when it comes to keeping your email private! Hide my email instantly generates unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox. This way you don’t have to share your real email address when filling out a form on the web or signing up for a newsletter. Hide my email is built into Safari, Mail, and iCloud Settings.  This is a great way to sign up for subscriptions and then not get bombarded with emails from other spams! iCloud+

iCloud Private Relay 

Apple went a different route with privacy.  With iCloud Private Relay, it is essentially like a VPN that will route your internet traffic through two relays in order to mask who’s browsing and where that data is coming from.  The Verge stated, ” Apple is trying to distinguish the feature from traditional VPNs — and if you ask, Apple will tell you it’s not a VPN at all — in part because it sends data through that second hop. That second hop prevents any one party,
including Apple, from seeing all of your browsing data, Apple says.”

Apple confirmed that it ensures that the traffic leaving your device is encrypted and uses two separate internet relays so no one can use your IP address, location, and browsing activity to create a detailed profile about you.

Mail Privacy Protection

This one is pretty cool to say the least.  Mail Privacy Protection is supposed to hide your IP address so senders can’t link it to your other online activity or determine your location.  It also prevents senders seeing if you opened your email or not.  That helps in SO many different cases because now anything you do with your email is completely secured due to the new updates.

Airplay

Airplay is coming to Mac. You can share, play, or present content from another Apple product to the Mac screen!  You can also expand and mirror your display.  This is a HUGE gamechanger for people who love using Airplay but were never able to use it because it was only for smaller devices.  Apple confirmed that you can now also use your Mac as an Airplay speaker high-fidelity sound when you play music or podcasts from another device.

Shortcuts

Apple has now confirmed that you are able to create your own shortcuts using their newest software update.  Apple has confirmed Save time by turning something that would take multiple steps into just one, or connecting your go-to apps and services together with the Shortcuts editor. You can run them from your Dock, menu bar, the Finder, Spotlight, or even with Siri.

 

Apple released more information about their new software update Monterey and all the cool new features added on. To learn more, go to Apple.com and find out everything about the Apple Announcement!

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Important Updates From The Apple Announcement: iOS 15 Version

Apple Announcement on Monday, June 7 Has Really Changed The Game With iOS 15!

Apple’s new announcements on all their latest software updates exceeded the expectations.
We’re here to tell you all the newest important updates and what that means for your privacy for iOS 15!

iOS 15 and Privacy Features

Apple has taken the new software updates for iPhones and made it easier for communication and making it easy for users to have everything with just a touch of a screen.  Having all the added features with privacy in mind, Apple has shown that it is not just about easy accessibility.

Facetime

With this update, Facetime has changed even more.  Apple has confirmed that you can now share your screen to watch your favorite TV shows, movies, and even listen to music together with the newest feature Shareplay.  This allows you as the user to actually show your friends and family what is on your screen so you can enjoy the experience together no matter how far you are.  Facetime has even made it so when multiple users are Facetiming, it’ll show you the person that is speaking so it’s a more even flow.   Apple has confirmed that the individual voices sound like they are coming from the direction in which each person is positioned on the screen. Finally, people with Android phones or Windows PCs can join your FaceTime calls now. Apple users can share a FaceTime link that can be opened in the web browser on non-Apple devices.

The Photo app will be getting new features too that use computer vision technology to recognize and read text within an image, an aid in image searches.  This could be a good thing or a bad depending on what kind of text you are looking for when

Privacy Enhancements iOS 15

Privacy Enhancements are the most important things in mind when we think about the newest updates and devices.  Apple has stepped up on their privacy when it comes to iPhone users.  One HUGE update that Apple has released is that users can now block tracking pixels in emails (Mail App) that can expose your email activity.   This also hides your IP address from email senders. There is also a new App Privacy Report which is kind of similar to what is currently offered for websites in Safari.  Wired has confirmed that it’s a dashboard that gives you an overview of how often your downloaded apps are accessing your location, contacts, camera, and microphone, as well as third-party addresses each app is pinging.  That helps users monitor what information is being pushed out from apps and how often their using the information so you can opt out of it if you see it’s too much.

Siri is getting more secure too. This new update has on-device speech recognition smarts that is letting the virtual assistant hear and execute the most simple tasks without needing to send your voice clips into the cloud for processing.  That’ll allow more privacy within your device so it doesn’t all get filtered into the cloud.

iCloud+

Speaking of cloud, Apple is coming out with a new feature called iCloud+.  It is the new premium version of iCloud that allows you to continue to love everything about iCloud, but now it has some great privacy features, such as iCloud Private Relay, Hide My Email, and expanded Homekit Secure Video support.  Hide my email is the most interesting out of the bunch.  Hide my email instantly generates unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox. This way you don’t have to share your real email address when filling out a form on the web or signing up for a newsletter. Hide my email is built into Safari, Mail, and iCloud Settings.  A step up in privacy for the cloud!

Apple ID

This is going to hopefully make life easier for most users.  Apple has confirmed that Apple ID will have Account Recovery Contacts.  With this, it’ll make resetting your password and maintaining access to your account easier than ever. Apple ID now has a Digital Legacy program as well that lets you designate people as Legacy Contacts so they can access your account in the event of a death.

Find My iPhone

Find my iPhone has pretty much stayed the same when it comes to the new iOS update.  Now you can not only find yourself, but you can also find your friends and families locations with continuous streaming.  Apple didn’t go into this too much, but you can also locate your device using the Find My network even if your device is powered off and/or erased.

That’s SUPER helpful when it comes to a device being stolen and somehow erased in the process.

These new features in iOS 15 and privacy settings are just a small and important bit of what’s to come with Apple.  Apple has also announced other updates such as new widgets, update on the Weather app, Accessibility, and even Translator and Notes!

For more information on the latest Apple update, check out Apple’s website for the iOS 15 preview.

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