New anti-stalking features for AirTag have been included to iOS 15.4 beta: There’s also a disclaimer that products are tied to your Apple ID
The latest beta of iOS 15.4 includes new features designed to stop Apple’s Airtags from following people, 9to5Mac reports. Most notably, there’s a new privacy notice during their setup that warns that using an airtag to track someone without their consent can be a crime, and law enforcement can’t detail details on an unidentified airtag owner. can request. “The AirTag is linked to your Apple ID,” the notice reads.
Apple announced a collection of new security features for its AirTags earlier this month, after a series of news reports found they were used to track down individuals without their consent. At the time, Apple did not provide an exact release date for the new security features, noting only that they would arrive “later this year.”
Along with the new privacy notice, 9to5Mac notes that iOS 15.4 can now specify when an unknown pair of AirPods is found traveling with you. Previously, AirPods generated a more generic “Unknown Accessory Alert” notification, causing confusion for some users, MacRumors reports. The option to previously disable security alerts when a tracker is detected near you has also been removed, and new tracking notification settings have been added to the Find My app.
Other anti-stalking AirTag features announced by Apple earlier this month include alerting users soon when an unknown AirTag is detected in their presence, and allowing them to use accurate ultrawideband tracking in the new iPhone to locate the AirTag. which is not their own (previously, this was only available to an Airtags owner). Apple said the tracking notifications shown on the iPhone will also be synced with the alert noises made by AirTag, to make them more noticeable.
As well as new anti-stalking features, the fourth beta of iOS 15.4 also includes a new American Siri voice that the Axios Notes voice assistant does less gendered with than existing options. It joins other new iOS 15.4 features, including Face ID support while wearing a mask and Apple’s new Universal Controls feature. An exact release date for iOS 15.4 has yet to be announced, but a wider release is expected next month.
Source: John Porter, The Verge