Apple on Wednesday announced a new feature to combat hackers, spyware and digital security threats called “Lock Mode” that will be rolled out to users with the release of iOS 16 later this year.
The new feature is intended for those whose professions or personal situations may put them at risk of “serious and targeted threats” and can be turned on or off at any time, that is, those who would be the target of spyware. government that could compromise valuable information.
Lock mode capabilities are the first of their kind, limiting certain features and characteristics to Apple devices in the event that “mercenary software” is installed.
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Some of these features include blocking message (not image) attachments, disabling web technologies in Safari and other web browsers, blocking FaceTime calls and other requests, and disabling cable connections between an iPhone and a computer or other accessory.
“Apple makes the most secure mobile devices on the market. Lock mode is an innovative capability that reflects our unwavering commitment to protecting users from even the rarest and most sophisticated attacks,” said Ivan Krstić, head of Engineering and Apple Security Architecture, in a company launch. “While the vast majority of users will never fall victim to highly targeted cyber attacks, we will work tirelessly to protect the small number of users who are.”
The company said it will continue to strengthen its protection offerings over time.
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Lock mode is just one of the many new features coming to iOS 16 that Apple customers have had excited since the company’s World Developers Conference last month, including the ability to edit and cancel. send text messages and Apple Pay Later, which will allow customers using Apple Pay to make great performance. purchases with the “buy now, pay later” financing option.
There have also been rumors that the tech giant could launch its own pair of augmented reality interactive glasses by the end of 2024, which would mark the most technologically advanced project to date for the company.
Apple rose about 1% year-over-year on Thursday afternoon.