IOS 13 will bring even more security news to users. In addition to the anti-tracking mechanisms and the AppleID Logar implementation, one detail has gone unnoticed by some developers during WWDC19, and now many will race against time to adjust their products.
The new version of iOS will not allow such free use of the internet calling API (VOIP). Many may think that apps actually only use it when making voice and video calls, but it’s actually a way for companies to telemetry data, and even keep an app up to date in the background.
Because reconfiguration work can be difficult, Apple will give until April 20, 2020, for developers to make the necessary adjustments. One of the hardest hit is Facebook, because of WhatsApp.
In a statement, the company denies that any of its products have been placed in a difficult situation, saying it does not use VOIP APIs for data collection. The biggest challenge, then – if the information is correct – is to provide a way to keep the messenger active for real-time notifications, as it currently is.
What Apple seeks with these changes is to provide users with greater security and shield them from even reputable companies that may use personal information without the consent of an iPhone owner. Some market names also point out that creating barriers to maintaining WhatsApp favors the Cupertino giant, as iMessage rivals the tool, and will continue to be privileged to be a product developed by the owner of the iOS ecosystem.
Perhaps these changes make it difficult for Facebook’s plan to integrate all its communication tools. Or not. The fact is that the path on Android seems much more smooth, so news for this project may come first there.
And you, what do you think about the new usage policies for these APIs on iOS 13? Tell us in the comments!