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iOS 14.4: Anti-tracking feature released to developers

Apple yesterday released to developers "Release Candidates" for iOS 14.4 and the corresponding iPad. It is probably the last step before a public release. These new versions will give iPhone and iPad users the option to block tracking from third-party applications.

Developers can also install watchOS 7.3 RC and tvOS 14.4 RC - and these were released yesterday.

IOS 14.4 RC and iPadOS 14.4 RC come with a new privacy feature

"Release Candidate" is Apple's new name for "Golden Master". It is the final version tested by beta users before being released to the general public.

Users trying older beta versions of iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 report that iPhone apps specifically ask if they can track the user for advertising purposes. Apple introduced this privacy feature at its 2020 developer conference, but companies like Facebook earning money by tracking users are opposed to the feature, so the debut of the feature was delayed. But the wait seems to be coming to an end.

The update will also notify users when recognizes non-genuine cameras on the iPhone - in case any repair.

iOS 14.4

Don't forget watchOS 7.3 and tvOS 14.4

The release notes for watchOS 7.3 promise a "Watch inspired by the colors of the Pan-African Flag". Also, the ECG application will be available to Apple Watch Series 4 users at Japan, The Φιλιππίνες and Thailand. The same goes for heart rate alerts.

Regarding tvOS 14.4 RC we do not know what new will be added to this version.

Currently "release candidates" for iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4, watchOS 7.3 and tvOS 14.4 are only available for developers. But if Apple follows its well-known strategy, public beta releases will released soon - maybe in a week. In the meantime, access to these pre-release versions requires participation in Apple Developer Program, which costs $ 99 per year.


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