Apple users who have downloaded the new iPhone update are urged to check their settings for a little-known privacy hack.
The latest iOS 16 update, released on September 13, brings a number of new features to iPhones, including a customized lock screen and iMessage updates.
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Another new feature of the update, however, is stricter security measures.
TikTok user and tech guru @scottpolderman highlighted the new security check feature on iOS16 in a recent video.
The feature gives users a quick view of who has access to your photos, calendar, location, and more.
Scott went on to show Apple users how to find out exactly who they are sharing device information with and what information they have access to.
To access the feature, users can go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Security Check.
There are two features on this page: “Emergency Reset” and “Manage Sharing and Access”.
Manage Sharing and Access allows users to customize who has access to device information.
According to Apple, the feature is aimed at “anyone who is concerned about, or is experiencing, technology-enabled abuse, stalking or harassment.”
“If your personal security is at risk, you can use Security Checkup on iPhone (with iOS 16 or later) to quickly stop sharing your information or review and update sharing with individuals and apps,” the company said .
“It can help you sever digital ties to those you no longer want to be connected to and outlines the personal security features built into Apple devices.”
It comes after many users reported problems with their battery life since installing the new IOS16 update last month.
“PSA: Don’t update your iPhone to iOS 16. Battery life sucks,” warned an Apple user on Twitter.
“iOS 16 is a great update, but it’s brutally destroying my iPhone’s battery life,” added another.
While many share their frustrations, Apple Support encouraged users to be patient while installing the updates, adding that it can typically take a few days for battery life to even out.
Apple confirmed this in March after a user faced a similar issue with the iOS 15.4 update.
“It’s normal for your apps and features to need adjustments up to 48 hours after an update,” Apple Support tweeted.
One user supports this for the latest update and confirms that their battery has since returned to normal.
“Battery life was poor for the first two to three days after the iOS 16 update. Then it settled down and now it’s good,” the iPhone user reassured others in a post on Twitter.
Apple has a support page on its website with tips and tricks for conserving battery life for all devices.
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