Apple Inc. has introduced a new technology that according to them cannot be compromised by the police, taking a step forward in the effort to protect the private communications of iPhone and iPad users.
Apple on Wednesday revealed that its latest mobile operating system, the iOS8, has built-in encryption features that won’t let anybody – even police having search warrants access data on the handheld devices.
“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your pass code and therefore cannot access this data,”Apple said on its website. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”
“For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement,” said company spokeswoman Niki Christoff. “As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won’t even have to think about turning it on.”
However, the user-data-security parameters only hold to handheld devices – iPhone and iPad.
Apple officials stated that, “Users who forget their passwords with the new iOS 8 operating systems will no longer be able to recover them by contacting the company directly.”
Apart from the cop blocking feature the recently launched iOS 8 have several hidden features that were found already on the device that one would have never be aware of. Check out the cool hidden features of iOS 8 here.
- Excellent photo sharing via Messages: To attach one or more of their recent images to iMessages the user simply need to click the camera icon in the iMessages.
- View Desktop version of websites in Safari: “Request Desktop” will bring you Desktop version of websites in the Safari browser. To see the “Request Desktop” option, tap on the address bar and swipe down.
- Step Counting: Your steps automatically get calculated and viewed in health app as iOS device has its pedometer turned on by default.
- Health info on the Lock Screen: iOS 8 shows health information using the health app. This application shows health information of the user such as allergies, blood group and others which the users can access from the lock screen in case of any sort of emergency.
- Added additional notifications for email thread replies: The new feature added to the default email client on iOS 8 notifies the users when a person replies to a particular email thread. This will help the users when the user would like to give a particular thread preference over the others. To activate it, look for the thread in question in your inbox, swipe it to the left and choose “more”. You can see a “Notify Me…” option there at the bottom.
- Notes Support Rich Text, Videos, and Animated GIFS: This makes the notes more stylish and might increase the usage of notes.
- Scan Credit Card Numbers: One can now get rid of typing out a credit card number everytime one orders something online, as with iOS 8 you can now scan your credit card number.
- Talk to SIRI: One can now access Siri by simply saying “HEY SIRI” when connected to power instead of pressing the home button. Apple mentioned this in the press conference but went unnoticed in other ballyhoos.
- Mr. “Know it all” App Store: The iOS 8 empowered play store is capable of remembering every single app we tell it that we want to download later, can keeps track of songs we ask Siri about.
- See the Apps Draining Your Battery: A new option in the usage menu of the Settings app lets us see which apps are responsible for draining our battery life.
- Fine-Tuned Camera Controls: Apple added some cool features for shutterbugs in iOS 8, and one can manually tweak exposure while setting up the shot. You can now shoot time-lapse videos natively using the Camera app.
- Hide Photos: Let you hide the pics just by tapping and holding on a picture where you can get an option to hide it. But It’ll still be visible in your albums, but won’t been seen in Moments, Collections, or Years.
- Go Colorless: To enable grayscale mode, head into Settings > Accessibility and select “Grayscale.”
- Self-Destructing Audio / Video Messages: Navigate to Settings > Messages and scroll down to Audio Messages / Video Messages. Choose the duration after which the message will expire and get it disappeared for good once it has been viewed by the recipient.
- Third-Party Keyboards: One can always add keyboards from the many already available on iOS 8.